343 Industries Keeps Making Halo 5 Bigger and Better
Did you play Halo 5: Guardians when it was released back in October? Have you played it since? There’s a ton of new content waiting to be played, and it’s all free.
343 Industries has gone above and beyond to turn this already fantastic game into an even better one. From weapons, to maps, to game modes and more, 343 has provided gamers with countless reasons to come back to Halo 5. In a time when people love nothing more than to get behind their keyboard’s and complain about overpriced season passes and poor DLC, 343 comes to the rescue with Halo 5: Guardians. 343 has made every content update free for Halo 5. In fact, the only way to purchase additional content for Halo 5 is to buy REQ packs, which are completely optional. Despite having the option to buy REQ packs, 343 still constantly provides players with free REQ packs with each and every rank-up and content update.
First the game received the addition of the already promised, “Big Team Battle” mode. Shortly afterwards, The Cartographer’s Gift was released. This included the most advanced Forge mode ever included in a Halo game along with a slew of new maps for both Arena and Warzone. In January, Infinity’s Armory brought even more maps and REQs to the game. Finally, the game just recieved the latest update, Hammerstorm, which includes new weapons, maps, and the addition of Grifball (Halo’s popular sport mode).
All of this free content sure makes Halo 5 seem like a pretty compelling package but wait, there’s even more! That’s right, 343 has already announced plans to bring the extremely popular, highly-regarded Firefight mode back to Halo. Since the mode’s departure in Halo 4, fans have been loud about their desire to play Firefight in future Halo installments. With the absence of Firefight in the recent Halo 3: ODST Xbox One port, it seemed as though the mode would never return. The good news is that 343 Industries is bringing Firefight back to Halo in the form of “Warzone Firefight”. Though details are scarce at the moment, it has been confirmed that this new iteration of the mode will feature more than four-players at once. Also, the mode has been hinted to be coming sooner, rather than later, according to Microsoft and 343. We can only hope that this means sometime around Spring/Summer.
Just like the content updates before it, Firefight will be introduced for free when it is released. It is clear that 343 Industries has decided it is more important to keep the player base united, rather than try and profit off every additional piece of content. Perhaps the hope is that the continuous support for the game will encourage people that have not already bought the game to go and do so. Regardless of the intentions, Halo 5 clearly has one of the most attractive post-release content plans in recent history. Indeed, it is a good time to be a Halo fan.