Leaked Halo 5 videos reveal new gameplay mechanics

Halo: The Master Chief Collection screenshot

Quite a few Halo 5 gameplay videos showcasing the competitive multiplayer part of the game on Xbox One managed to leak over the weekend and reveal one or two unexpected features – the result caused quite a stir.

First, a new scope mechanic seems to have been implemented, replacing the traditional hip fire and a more traditional scope system that had no real impact on mobility. The new scope system appears to work a lot like what you would see in games such as Battlefield and Call of Duty, as was showcased in a clip that illustrated the player aiming down the sights of the famous Battle Rifle in a very similar fashion to the aforementioned titles.

Secondly, sprinting looks like it will be updated. Now, sprinting isn’t exactly a new feature to the Halo series and was implemented back in 2012 with Halo 4 – 343 Industries’ first ever Halo game. Much to fan’s displeasure, the result caused quite a bit of controversy and many players thought 343 would abandon it in the upcoming game. It’s made pretty clear in one of the leaked videos that the sprint mechanic returns in some form or another, though whether it has been improved or not remains to be seen.

Fans of the Halo series caused enough of a scene after viewing these videos to provoke 343 Industries studio head, Josh Holmes, to come out on twitter and address their concerns:

Another item that was revealed, though not through the videos but rather through Holmes replying to a fan, is that the Descope mechanic will be making an appearance again:

For those that don’t know, the Descope mechanic was a feature in Bungie’s Halo games that made it possible for players to knock other players who were aiming down their scope out of the zoom. It was designed to bring balance to the game by giving a small disadvantage to scoped weapons. The feature was abandoned when 343 took up development for Halo 4.

The Halo 5 Guardians beta starts in December for those who bought the Halo: Master Chief Collection – which we strongly advise you do. Maddy reviewed the singleplayer portion of the game (stay in touch to get the multiplayer) and said that it was, ” Far from being a simple rehash of what’s gone before, The Master Chief Collection is one of the first truly essential games to be released this Holiday season.”


Oliver Zimmerman

Oliver Zimmerman

South-African raised, Dublin-resident. Oli loves games in all their shapes and forms. He particularly loves RPGs. He's also a keen wordsmith, and can often be found not just playing games, but also discussing their rights and wrongs.
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