343 Industries head Luke Smith confirms that there are no plans to release single-player DLC for Halo 5: Guardians, with post-launch content set to focus on multiplayer.
Halo 5: Guardians has only been in the hands of fans for a couple of days, but speculation regarding story DLC has already started spreading. However, 343 Industries head Josh Holmes has confirmed that there are no plans to extend the game’s campaign with post-launch content.
Speaking to Red Bull, Holmes noted that the studio is “always looking for new ways to expand the Halo universe.” However, he went on to state quite plainly that his team at 343 Industries “do not have any plans to release future campaign content for Halo 5: Guardians.”
The Halo series has only dabbled in campaign DLC once, for the ODST side-story to Halo 3. However, even that game grew in scale over the course of development, and was eventually released as a fully priced retail release that included a new selection of multiplayer maps.
However, some would argue that Guardians is a prime candidate for DLC. Fans would perhaps like to see what’s next for the series following the events of the game’s finale, but it seems that we’ll have to wait until the release of Halo 6 to see what direction the franchise is heading in.
While single-player content is firmly off the table, that doesn’t mean that Halo 5 won’t see any support from 343 Industries post-launch. We already know that the game’s microtransaction system is designed to support the release of 15 free multiplayer maps before the end of June 2016.
Microtransactions typically get a bad rap, but the REQ system seems to offer a major advantage for players. Multiplayer games that offer maps as DLC tend to split their player base, which can make it much more difficult to find games that use the content that only a certain portion of players have paid for.
Rolling out new maps to everyone by default puts the game’s population on an even keel, which should lead to a healthy community for the foreseeable future. Early Halo games managed to maintain their popularity for years, but Halo 4 struggled to stay afloat against heavy competition from the likes of Call of Duty and Battlefield.
343 Industries is clearly banking on the series’ knack for multiplayer content rather than extra campaign missions to keep Halo 5 alive for the foreseeable future. It remains to be seen just how much success the studio will have with this strategy, but it’s difficult to doubt the line of thought behind it.
Halo 5: Guardians is available now for Xbox One.