Halo 5: Guardians is shaping up to be the biggest release in the franchises more than decade long history. If you haven’t been living under a rock over the past week then chances are you’ve stumbled upon a promotion for the game. The marketing for Master Chief’s latest adventure is in full swing spanning internet and television ads, podcasts and billboards, even sponsorship of professional soccer team has made it nearly unavoidable. The chief is currently the king of entertainment media and thats exactly how Microsoft wants it.
With Halo 5: Guardians, 343i and Microsoft are looking to continue the story arc that seemingly ended at the conclusion of Halo 4. For the uninitiated this ending would have seemed like a plausible place for the Master Chief to hang up his helmet and get some rest and relaxation but alas, the Chief has been pretty busy since that final moment. The team at 343i has been busy continuing his story in the expanded fiction of the Halo universe through novels, comics, and the fantastic Hunt The Truth podcast. All of this has combined to make the story Halo 5: Guardians one of the most anticipated ones yet.
In Halo 5: Guardians players will not only play as the Master Chief but also as Spartan Locke. Locke was first introduced in Halo: Nightfall and has been tasked with hunting down the Chief who has seemingly gone rogue and is no longer responding to orders from his superiors. This seemingly simple conflict is complicated by a potentially Universe ending threat that has appeared in the galaxy. These world ending events are currenty the running theme in all aspects of the expanded fiction.
The game also promises to explore the moral ramifications of the Spartan project of which the Master Chief was one of the first products. The Spartan program was created by Dr. Catherine Halsey and involved the abduction and genetic modification of children with the sole purpose of creating Super Soldiers. This is honestly the most intriguing aspect of the current Halo story arc and asks many questions about what is right and what is wrong in the face of annihilation. It will be interesting to see how 343I handles this how this plays out in the game. To get yourself ready for battle, watch the launch trailer below:
Halo 5: Guardians is promising to be the biggest game yet in terms of content too. It will contain the typical 10 to 12 hour campaign that this time was designed with co-op in mind. Players will always be accompanied by 3 other Spartans in their squad. These can either be other players or AI controlled team mates. Players will have the option to direct these AI Spartans around the battlefield creating a refreshing take on the Halo combat.
A robust multiplayer experience as always will be available with the typical Halo competitive playlists at the heart of it. A focus on eSports has been made this time around with the Arena playlist. This playlist more or less mimics the hardcore, round based Counterstrike model of gameplay. A new gamemode Warzone will be available too that will deliver a 12v2 experience that pits teams against not only, each other but also AI enemies on the map. This mode looks to be one of the most exciting aspects of the new game and will deliver an experience unlike anything currently seen in an FPS.
To help continue the hype in the final hours before it’s launch Microsoft has announced Halo 5: LIVE. Xbox is teaming up with YouTube to create an online launch celebration that fans from around the world can all take part in. It will all take place on a YouTube live stream that will kick off on October 26th at 6pm EDT. The festivities planned include:
- The world premiere of “Halo: The Fall of Reach” episode one, the new animated series that tells the dramatic tale of the origin and intrigue behind the SPARTAN program that propelled characters like the Master Chief and Dr. Catherine Halsey into the pantheon of Halo lore.
- The first Xbox roundtable featuring the writers behind “Halo 5: Guardians” and Nathan Fillion, the voice of Spartan Buck.
- Special documentaries will get up close and personal with Halo superfans around the world, showcasing what makes Halo Nation unlike any other community in gaming.
- A lucky fan in Australia will play “Halo 5: Guardians” from a helicopter flying over Sydney, as gameplay is broadcasted via a screen suspended from a second helicopter.
- In London, iconic entertainment venue The Roundhouse will transform into a “Halo 5: Guardians” celebration, with a friendly tournament between four teams of YouTube creators and fans. U.K. fans can win a chance to attend the London event by visiting here.
- In celebration of a Halo superfan from Japan who has played over 10,000 hours of Halo, Master Chief and Agent Locke action figurines will travel to the edge of space for the most epic Gamertag selfie.
- A Taiwanese cosplayer will bring his passion for the Master Chief to life when he collaborates with one of the hottest jewelry designers in Australia to recreate the Master Chief’s helmet with more than 30,000 Swarovski crystals. The one-of-a-kind helmet will be unveiled during the show and kick-start a chance for gamers around the world to bid on it for charity.
- In New Zealand, Halo fans will converge at the close of the Armageddon Expo for multiplayer sessions, cosplay displays and more.
- In Hong Kong, a real-life course inspired by the new “Halo 5: Guardians” competitive Arena multiplayer mode, “Breakout,” will be constructed, putting Halo fans into real 4v4 combat.
- In New York City, a special fan destination will take place at the brand new flagship store Microsoft at Fifth Ave. and 53rd St., located in the heart of Manhattan and culminating in the midnight launch of “Halo 5: Guardians.”
You can watch the the Halo 5: LIVE announcement trailer below:
Halo 5: Guardians is set to launch on October 27th worldwide exclusively on the Xbox One. Look for our full review in the coming weeks. Will you be diving in to Halo 5: Guardians wham it launches? Let us know in the comments below.
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