New details are teased about 343 Industries upcoming release of Halo 5: Guardians in Game Informer’s latest digital issue.
343 has announced plans to release 15 free maps which should be available by June 2016. These complimentary maps will be added in addition to the 20 multiplayer maps reported to be available for the October launch.
The free DLC is said to be offered to avoid splitting the multiplayer field often found in online games, seperating those who purchased DLC maps from those who did not purchase them. So now you can look forward to playing all multiplayer maps with friends because all maps will be made available to everyone.
After some confusion yesterday, 343’s studio head Josh Holmes has clarified in a blog post that players will need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play the online campaign stating:
"I need take a moment to make an important correction on something we miscommunicated in the story. I misspoke during the interview when stating that online co-op campaign would be supported with an Xbox Live Silver account. Co-op campaign will require Xbox Live Gold to play. I want to extend my sincere apologies to our fans, and to Game Informer, for this error and any confusion it has caused.
That said, it is important to us that fans have the opportunity to play the full co-op campaign experience and we are doing this by providing a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial withHalo 5: Guardians."
A tease from Design Director, Kevin Franklin, advises E3 news will include a new “epic” multiplayer experience. No other information was given about the new multiplayer feature, but E3 is just around the corner.
Microsoft’s E3 press conference is scheduled for Monday, June 15 – 9.30am PDT/12.30pm EDT/5.30pm UK.