New multiplayer features and the return of a fan favorite multiplayer mode are just two of the things Microsoft’s 343 Industries is teasing for 2016. The developer announced the return of Firefight and some other content additions late last week. All of this content is set to come in Halo 5 updates over the next few months or so.
Microsoft itself teased new content coming to Halo 5: Guardians in a recent Xbox Wire post. Halo 5: Guardians was the company’s biggest exclusive game launch last year. Featuring Master Chief John 117, Spartan Jameson Locke and two teams of Spartans, Microsoft hoped that the first-person shooter would lift sales of its Xbox One entertainment console. The company’s plan succeeded. Since then, Microsoft has rolled out monthly Halo 5 updates to add new content. Forge, a sandbox for creating customized matches, modes and level designs, was introduced in a recent Halo 5 update.
Ghosts of Meridian, Memories of Reach, Hog Wild and Warzone Firefight are the four major Halo 5 updates 343 Industries has plans to release until mid-summer. It’s Warzone Firefight that’s attracting the most attention. Halo 3: ODST introduced an entire game mode with the same name.
Microsoft confirms that it’s bringing back Firefight for Halo 5: Guardians owners in the post accompanying the infographic that reveals each update’s name. Like the Firefight that proceeded it, Warzone Firefight will task players with battling waves of enemies, not other players. Co-operative online will be supported.
It seems as if the only big difference between Warzone Firefight and the old Firefight are where the matches take place. The older version reused campaign spaces. Warzone Firefight’s name hints at it reusing the spacious Warzone maps that exist in the game today.
The Ghosts of Meridian, Memories of Reach, Hog Wild and Warzone Firefight Halo 5 updates will add, maps, modes, vehicles, weapons and new REQ Cards, Microsoft confirms. The company doesn’t say specifically which updates will contain which new content. Memories of Reach’s name suggests that we could see some of the game’s content besides Firefight make a return. Hog Wild’s title suggests that it’ll focus on the Warthog vehicle.
Microsoft isn’t ready to say anything about these major Halo 5 updates just yet. Presumably, we’ll hear about each as they get closer to release each month. That’s how Microsoft delivered news of Halo 5 updates since launch. The order of the names on the infographic suggest that Halo 5 will get the Warzone Firefight update sometime in June. That would mean that the March Halo 5 update is Ghosts of Meridian.
Last week’s post also contained news about the Halo 5 update that players just received. Called Hammer Storm, it added only a single new map, but came stuffed with new modes instead. Grifball, Assault and Fiesta are all a part of Halo 5 now. The Gravity Hammer, pistol from the very first Halo and new weapon skins were added to the game too. Forge also received some upgrades to allow more of Halo’s classic modes to return.
Of course, the best part about these upgrades is that users don’t have to pay Microsoft any more money to receive the new content. Halo 5: Guardians allows users to buy REQ Packs with real money instead of paying for new downloadable maps separately. There are no map packs or season passes for the game.
All of these Halo 5 updates, from Hammer Storm to Warzone Firefight, are completely free for any Xbox One owner that has Halo 5: Guardians.