Halo 5: Guardians post-launch multiplayers maps: FREE

GameInformer’s July issue cover has been revealed along with a lot of exciting Halo 5 news.

343 Industries are planning to add at least 15 DLC multiplayer maps for Halo 5: Guardians by the end of the 2015 financial year. The best part is all these maps will be available to all and they will be FREE.

The well-known ‘industry insider’ shinobi has also taken to NeoGAF to provide a list of tibits from GameInformer about Halo 5 and some of the very cool features we can look forward to:

  • Whether playing as Chief or Locke, you’re accompanied by a fireteam of 3 A.I. which you can command/issue orders to in the campaign
  • Highlighting an enemy and hitting up on the D-Pad orders your team to assault an enemy
  • Other commands include picking up certain weapons, using turrets, driving warthog, etc
  • AI teammates can revive you as well
  • Confirmed: Linda, Kelly, and Fred join the Chief
  • Game starts out before Chief is on the run
  • Audio has been heavily reworked from the ground up for Xbox One (bullet sounds, debris, etc)
  • 8 months after Halo 4 ends, cataclysmic events are tearing apart star systems, these are tied to the Guardians (Forerunner entities shown in the first teaser trailer)
  • Game Informer played the second mission, taking command of Chief and Blue Team to take back an ONI research vessel abandoned for 2 years
  • Locke’s team is described as having more advanced tech than Blue Team, members use the “ATS” (Artermis Tracking System) on their armor to bring out points of interests in levels
  • Team banter replaces interactions with Cortana to flesh out the characters
  • There are multiple routes to take in levels/multiple ways to tackle objectives
  • Difficulty scales to the number of co-op players
  • The zealous religious Covenant are slowly abandoning Jul M’dama’s leadership from Halo 4
  • XBL Gold is not required for online co-op.
  • Halo 5 will launch with over 20 multiplayer maps
  • 15 DLC maps by June 2016
  • All maps will be free
  • Teases a “completely new, epic multiplayer experience” they’ll reveal at E3. Incorporates “all aspects of the Halo sandbox for the first time ever”
  • This MP experience is described as a “dream of ours and all our fans to build something like this”