Halo 5: Guardians will launch on October 27th, Microsoft has announced.
343 Industries’ latest title in the long-running Xbox series will be the studio’s fourth stab at the series, after Halo: Anniversary and Halo 4 on Xbox 360, and last year’s release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection was beset by problems, however. At launch, many players found that the vaunted multiplayer modes barely worked – a fact which led to the developer issuing repeated apologies, a swathe of post-release patches, and even saw the studio promising to add the campaign from Halo: ODST to the game in a free update.
Will Halo 5 fare better?
Early reports seem to suggest that yes, it will. Halo 5 Guardians reverses many of the changes which saw Halo 4‘s multiplayer criticized by long-time series fans, such as the addition of perks, and edging back closer to the pure Halo experience that gamers know and love. A multiplayer beta of Guardians, released earlier this year, showed that the studio is looking to ensure that it doesn’t repeat the same mistakes made with The Master Chief Collection, while moving the series forward with additions such as a ground pound move and endless sprinting.
Oh, and descoping is back.
Two new live action trailers for Halo 5: Guardians have also been released, depicting the epic showdown between the fan favorite Master Chief and top manhunter Spartan Locke – who will take the role of a second playable protagonist in the game’s singleplayer campaign. Locke is tasked with hunting down everyone’s favorite Spartan, after the Master Chief is declared a rogue operative after his actions in Halo 4.
Each of the two new trailers show two sides of the same coin, as we’re left to question which of the protagonists’ outlook is the correct one. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted? Has Spartan Locke gotten the best of the Master Chief as he questions the legacy and motives of the legendary hero in the trailer titled All Hail? Or has the Master Chief fended off his attacker, now ready to face whatever else is to come in The Cost?
“We wanted Halo 5: Guardians to be the game that pays off the epic promise of the Halo universe in scope and scale and drama,” said 343 studio Head, Bonnie Ross in a statement over on Xbox Wire. “We want to amaze players with the sheer size of the worlds and battles they’ll experience, even as they question everything they thought they knew about its heroes, marvels and mysteries.”
She finished by saying: “we can’t wait to debut the game to Xbox fans around the world at E3 this June.”
Check out the latest trailers below.