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343 Industries is paying tribute to a couple who lost their two daughters in an electrical fire. The Halo community took time to offer $30,000 in donations through GoFundMe to help the couple deal with the loss, and 343 Industries will offer an in-game emblem in Halo 5.
Game Informer is reporting that the update over on the Halowaypoint site indicates that an emblem and a map feature will be included in Halo 5, with Josh Holmes explaining...
In honor of Adam's family and his daughters, Trinity and Lena, we've created the Spartans Never Walk Alone pack. This pack contains the True Light emblem, which is named after the first initial of each of his daughters' names, and is the first animated emblem to come to Halo 5. All players will receive this pack as part of this month's free update.
It's nice that the update is free and it's interesting that this is the first animated emblem featured in Halo 5.
As for the special feature in the map... the team at 343 have added the two girls' names, Trinity and Lena, into the sky of the map Torque. That's 343's way of honoring the loss of Adam and Rebecca's two daughters.
343 has even more on the way for Halo 5, though. According to Engadget the developers are looking to bring back the classic Firefight mode that made its debut in Halo 3: ODST and set the world ablaze in Halo Reach. The mode was absent in 343's Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. Gamers had clamored for the return of Firefight but it was left on the cutting room floor. Even more than that is the fact that the mode was not present in the re-release of Halo 3: ODST as part of the Halo: Master Chief Collection, which left a lot of gamers burning with rage.
The Firefight mode seriously set the standard for team-based defensive gameplay in a shooter game, sporting wave after wave of enemies that become increasingly difficult.
Gamers loved Firefight just the same as they loved Horde mode in Gears of War. It was a shame that the newer Halo games did not feature the mode and that gamers were kind of left out in the cold. Well, 343 is looking into bringing it back but they haven't rolled out an exact date for when the mode will return, but it is on their content roadmap and will eventually make a return to the game at some point down the line.
In the meantime, gamers can look forward to the new emblem and Torque tribute in the next update for Halo 5. It goes to show that 343 really seems to take their community to heart and that they will do what they can to show a lot of love to those who dedicate their time to the game in the same way that the developers dedicate their time to making content for the game.
You can learn more about the update and emblem by visiting the Halowaypoint.