Halo 5: Guardians is the upcoming installation to the Halo video game franchise. You have probably at least heard of the series, it’s a first person shooter beloved for its game mechanics and quality story.
It is currently in a Beta preview and undergoing testing at 343 Industries, the studio that took over the Halo games after Bungie moved on (to Destiny). They have been under some criticism by fans, who think they are making the experience more like Call of Duty, but the developers are under pressure to embrace some of the newer First Person Shooter mechanics as well as leave their own mark on the series (Bungie is legendary).
And now there have been leaks of the multiplayer gameplay, including some images and a very brief gameplay video. At this time, rumors are running crazy, but a designer at 343 has revealed that there will be “no penalty to hip fire in H5, no movement penalty when scoping/zooming, no flinch.” There does seem to be indication of Halo going back to arena-styled maps (and map-control focused competition) and gameplay that hard-core Halo fans will remember, while still embracing a few aspects of the modern shooter (such as visual cues, and sprinting).
“From the main menu, we could select from three maps each offering three different game modes. Standard team death match or Team Slayer, as its known in the Halo universe, set us down in a Covenant-looking and circular arena with a central bridge leading to a beam sword. Limited power weapons waited in the outer reaches. This map focused the group of eight Spartans we had into head-to-head battles with assault rifles, DMR rifles, and Halo’s ever-popular pistol. Using the Smart Scope with the DMR meant headshots, and lots of them, though return fire now brings players back out of the scope as it did in previous Halo games. With the added accuracy availed to players with Smart Scope, it can be panic-inducing to lose that extra sight even as you’re dealing damage and wearing down an opponent’s shield,” a post on NeoGaf explains.
Additionally, there will be more beta gameplay revealed later today, so be sure to tune in for that. For now, check out the video and screenshots below.
Further reading: Halo 5, Microsoft, Xbox One