343 Industries has unleashed a massive update for Halo 5: Guardians on the Xbox One and for the Halo 5: Forge on Windows PC. The update features more than 650 new items to utilize in the map as well as new mini-games, but that's not even the massive part of the update.
According to Gamespot, who managed to get in some time with 343 Industries' developers, they talked about the all new scripting feature that completely changes the Forge mode into an all new powerful toolset. The update is being dubbed the "Monitor's Bounty" update due to adding new weapons, map options, and skins. They've also implemented an observer mode. But the real kicker is that 343 now allows users to script custom content into their Forge maps. That's right, we're talking Garry's Mod-style modding now.
You can script modifications for up to 64 different objects all at the same time, with up to four actions per condition and three layers of script activation on the map level, the script level and the object level.
This may all sound kind of out there and all, but being able to script in content means that you can now create your very own mini-game variants. This was demonstrated with the new Battle Golf mode that 343 came up with, along with returning modes such as the Race Mode from the earlier Halo games that Bungie made. You can briefly see what the Battle Golf mode looks like along with the new Race variant, skins, maps and assassination animations with the update trailer below.
As you can see, the scripting tool allows for some of the most outrageous and outlandish possibilities to be implemented into Halo 5.
In one case you see that players are running around using golf clubs as plasma cannons, firing at the giant ball in order to get it into the goal. The new mode was devised as a way to help give gamers an idea of just how varied and unique some of the content can get when coming up with new scripts and gameplay types for Halo 5 using the newly updated Forge.
The whole concept of the Forge has come a long way over the course of nearly a decade. It's given gamers all sorts of unforgettable gaming moments and continues to expand in ways that many people probably didn't think was possible on a home console.
Another new feature they added was a custom browser for both PC and Xbox One users, so it's easier to scout out the maps you want to play and when you want to play them. Specific to the Xbox One is a new auto-save feature when you're connected online and working on a new Forge map. This makes it so that you won't have to worry about losing your work while you're building the next great masterpiece.
And finally, you can now gift cash shop Req packs to friends. So if you want to share some cool weapons or skins with a buddy, you can do so... just like Steam's gifting. The Monitor's Bounty update is available right now for Halo 5: Guardians on the Xbox One and the Forge edition on PC.