Halo 5: Guardians 'Battle of Shadow and Light' update will add 8v8 Big Team Battles

Halo 5: Guardians is slated to receive months of free DLC and updates and the first of those is set to drop later this month with the Battle of Shadow and Light update.

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Microsoft and 343 Industries promised substantial free DLC for Halo 5: Guardians post-launch. The newest content to hit the game will be the Battle of Shadow and Light update, which adds some new multiplayer items. More than that, it also adds Big Team Battle to Halo 5's multiplayer.

Big Team Battle will expand Halo 5: Guardians' Arena mode from 4v4 to 8v8. On top of changing up some of the team strategy battles, the update will also include some new maps that take advantage of the increased number of players. Deadlock, Basin, Guillotine, and Recurve will utilize new environments, like tundra and woodland. But also, the maps will be large enough to squeeze in Halo's vehicles, so get ready to motor in a Warthog or a Ghost.

The new update will also add 48 new REQ packs that can be unlocked by playing multiplayer. Those new REQs can be found below.

The Battle of Shadow and Light update is set to deploy later this month. For more, be sure to visit Halo Waypoint.

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      November 12, 2015 12:49 PM

      Awesome. I like the new armor and the fact that they're continuing to add REQs. 8v8 is also a very welcome addition.

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        November 12, 2015 12:50 PM

        Is everyone getting the free premium REQs every week or is it just me because I bought the expensive release?

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          November 12, 2015 1:01 PM

          I'm definitely not getting them.

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            November 12, 2015 1:06 PM

            Two of em show up every week for me and they are almost always good for Ultra Rares. I'm thankful for them because I am rarely playing multiplayer without a party anyways.

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          November 12, 2015 10:40 PM

          Only if you buy the special edition of the game or buy the expensive Warzone REQ pack separately.

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      November 12, 2015 1:45 PM

      Anyone still playing this? I am haloing once a day at least. Add me on XBL ARMY OF TECHNO

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        November 12, 2015 3:33 PM

        I guess that answers my question :(

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        November 12, 2015 3:35 PM

        I have played a lot, just been busy this week. Gamer tag is reznory

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        November 12, 2015 3:43 PM

        Play some BF4 PC with us tonight! Getcho shit updated so you can join.

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        November 12, 2015 7:04 PM

        I am (AScreamingYeti). Hit me up anytime you see me online. I don't get home from work till after midnight central though.

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        November 12, 2015 10:41 PM

        I've mainly been playing Warzone. Looking forward to BTB though.

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        November 12, 2015 10:45 PM

        I haven't started. I plan to over the holiday.