Halo 5: Guardians is just a few weeks from release, and today, 343 Industries has revealed what matchmaking playlists we can expect when the game launches on October 27.
Here are the playlists Halo 5 fans can expect to play, as well as their descriptions, on launch day:
- Warzone: 24 players on massive maps with REQs and AI adversaries
- Warzone Assault: An asymmetrical Warzone mode variant that tasks players to destroy or defend the Power Core
- Team Arena: Play on the very best modes and maps Halo 5 has to offer
- Slayer: Work with a team, vanquish your opponents
- Breakout: Halo 5’s premiere high lethality single-life elimination mode
- Free-for-All: It’s you against everyone else. Slay your way to victory.
- SWAT: No shields, no motion tracker. Aim for the head!
- Weekend Social: A weekly playlist that features a mode voted on by the community via Halo Waypoint/Chanel. This mode offers bonus XP/REQ points, community engagement, and the most popular modes have a chance of becoming their own playlist.
Halo 5 Arena multiplayer designer Quinn DelHoyo spoke with IGN about some of these game modes. Warzone, for example, can last up to 30 minutes to complete depending on how each team performs. With that said, it may be difficult to coordinate with your friends if you're in the middle of a 30-minute Warzone match. "With that in mind," he said, "Warzone will have join in progress enabled."
The most interesting playlist is the Weekend Social as we could see some unique game modes come out of it, based on community votes, of course. "The Weekend Social playlist is going to be a great spot for us to engage the community and let them decide which modes get featured there," DelHoyo said. "Some will be wacky just for the fun of it while others will be a bit more serious. We’re coming up with new ideas for modes every day. Once we feel like we have something cool, we’ll put it as one of the options for the community to vote on and the winner will get featured in the Weekend Social playlist." Let's hope 343 also listens to the Halo community since we're sure they're bound to come up with some neat game modes.
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Cool. I just pre ordered it I am really looking forward to it, the SP looks really good too(my number 1 thing I am looking forward to).
The campaign looks really interesting so far. And 8-12 hours of gameplay is enough for me for a shooter. I'll probably play through it again in order to pick up any hidden skulls, terminals, etc.
I also tend to spend a good amount of time in multiplayer, although with an 18-month old running around, I'm not sure how many games I'll get in outside of when she sleeps.