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Microsoft has announced that Halo 5: Guardians has officially gone gold for the Xbox One. That means that development is finished and the gold master disc is being sent off to the plant so that the game will arrive on store shelves starting October 27th.
343 Industries released a ton of new detail on the improved and upgraded map maker known as the Forge. For Halo 5: Guardians the Forge is a powerful and revamped toolset with all new objects, all new lighting features and brand new ways to easily move around entire groups of objects with the simple press of a button.
The official theme song has been made available in its entirety over on YouTube. Gamers can listen to the theme song right now to get a feel for how the game will sound under composer Kazuma Jinnouchi, who is continuing the work from Halo 4 after the original composer, Marty O'Donnell, took leave and followed Bungie to work on Destiny.
Part of the promotional campaign for Halo 5 is a series of live-action trailers that Microsoft and 343 Industries has been using to hype the game up. The latest live-action commercial for the game has ONI claiming that the Master Chief, John-117, is dead.
In case you thought the Halo universe would be winding down anytime soon, the team at 343 Industries is here to correct that assumption. The team has already begun work on Halo 6 and apparently has a plan for the series spanning the next couple of decades.
Phil Spencer offered an additional explanation to gamers as to why Halo 5: Guardians for the Xbox One will be the first shooter game in the series to not allow the option of two-player split-screen co-op in offline or online, play. It basically boils down to Microsoft catering to those who play on Xbox Live.
It looks like players will be limited to a set cycle of maps in Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer, as 343 Industries confirms that voting and vetoing selections will not be available in the upcoming first-person shooter.
We're close enough to Halo 5: Guardian's release for Microsoft to send out the opening cinematic. Even if you don't like Halo, you'll still enjoy this video.
One of the things Halo fans have clamored about most since the dawn of the franchise has been Master Chief's face. It's been the hope of many a gamer that Halo 5 might actually reveal the Spartan's face, but as Gamerant reports, that's not going to be the case.
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has given Halo 5: Guardians the 'T' for Teen rating. The game is labeled as having blood, mild language and violence. Of course, there's also the obligatory remark about the online multiplayer portion of the game being unrated and that there is user-generated content.
Microsoft and 343 Industries aren't pulling any punches with the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians. According to some new reports the game will be twice as big as Halo 4 when it comes to the campaign mode.
More companies are starting to take part in e-sports since it's become a multi-million dollar industry all its own. Microsoft is attempting to revitalize the e-sports scene for Halo by reinvigorating it with a $1 million world championship tournament this winter.
Microsoft, 343 Industries and Creative Assembly announced that Halo Wars 2 is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs in the fall of 2016. They released a teaser trailer for the game but it's all cinematic.
When Microsoft announced that there would be a smorgasbord of free multiplayer maps for Halo 5: Guardians most people assumed this was a form of compensation for the removal of the game's split-screen option in the campaign mode. In reality, the free maps will be compensated for with the multiplayer microtransactions.
For the first time ever Microsoft and 343 Industries showed off the campaign gameplay for Halo 5: Guardians. The new gameplay video showcases the single-player portion of the game and we get to see Buck interacting with Locke as the new-school Spartans seek out Master Chief.