Halo 5 November Update Adds Local Server, 4K, Esports Skins, and More

The team at 343 Industries are ready to welcome in the new Xbox One X in November, detailing a new update for Halo 5: Guardians.

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On Tuesday afternoon, 343 Studios took to Twitch to discuss the future of Halo 5 and the Halo World Championship. Most of it centers around the game's upcoming November update, which has something for both casual players and pros alike.

Halo 5 will be ready for 4K resolution with the game's next update. The update will be ready in time for the Xbox One X release. In addition to the 4K visual update, 343 is adding Halo Local Server. This allows players to set up their own dedicates local servers that run through a Windows 10 PC. This will make life easier for tournament scenes or local LAN parties.

Halo Local Server also promises to streamline the Halo Championship Series process, making it easier to run major esports events. And because HCS events will run through the local server, it means an interruption in Xbox Live service or internet service will not disrupt the actual game itself.

Other Halo announcements revealed during Tuesday's stream include new skins from Luminosity Gaming (November 7), Splyce Gaming (December 5), and Str8 Rippin (November 21). Oddball and Oddball FFA will also return in the next update, along with new custom game options for Assault and CTF.

Finally, the Halo Championship Series is getting ready to celebrate its third anniversary. The HWC will return for its 2018 season in January, with the North America, Latin America, Europe/Middle East, and Australia/New Zealand regions all set to comepete. More details on the Halo Championship Series' plans for 2018 can be found on the Halo website.

The next Halo 5: Guardians update is set to deploy on November 7, alongside the Xbox One X.

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