First up is the Grunt Goblin, which will be piloted by an elite Grunt and will be the first vehicle built exclusively for Halo Warzone and Warzone Firefight. 343 Industries character designer Steve Dyck told Polygon:
“There are two variants of the Grunt Goblin with different capabilities. Essentially, the backstory of this battle suit is it was built by Grunts for Grunts in what the Grunt designers agreed was the perfect embodiment of agility and lethality. Obviously when you have a Grunt driver or ‘jockey’ controlling this powerful battle suit, results may be unpredictable.”
343 Industries writer Nick Ardizzone wanted to create the Grunt Goblin pilots as “fun, memorable enemies” for Halo players.
“We really wanted to make the Goblin jockeys fun, memorable enemies to fight. We made sure to give them lines that show for all the time they spent learning to pilot their Goblins, they spent at just as much honing their cutting insults (‘You’re real bad at fightin’!’) and terrifying threats (‘Gonna smash all your important parts!’).”
Grunt Goblins will be equipped with a double-barreled heavy needler, able to deal heavy blows to Halo vehicles. Grunt Goblins will also be able to launch a needle barrage, able to target up to eight players at once, and will also be capable of a needle barrage, a multiple-launch system that can target up to eight players at the same time. Attacking the Grunt Goblin from behind can disable the needle barrage. Watch out, though, because the Grunt Goblin is also equipped with a grenade launcher and melee capabilities.
The Grunt Goblin is able to jump up to 200 feet and can knock out a Spartan or destroy a light vehicle with a single devastating blow. In addition, the Grunt Goblin can emit an EMP to temporarily incapacitate large vehicles in its close proximity.
On other hand, the UNSC Wasp is another new vehicle available to provide players with close air support. The UNSC Wasp can take off and land vertically and according to 343 Industries systems designer Tim Temmerman, it provides a number of different helpful features for a Spartan in need.
“In-game, players will want to use it as a quick-strike vehicle, flying in low for a kill and bugging out quick to allow the shields to recharge. The armor on the Wasp is light in order to keep it aloft, so the recharging shield provides the moderate protection needed to re-engage at a later time. The key is to keep moving, drop in low to maximize weapon effectiveness, and steer clear of vehicles with heavy weapons.”
The Grunt Goblin and UNSC Wasp will be available in the next free Halo 5 Guardians update, expected to be available sometime soon. Let us know in the comments what you think about these new vehicles.