New Halo 5 Story Details Reveal Blue Team And 343’s Co-Op Ambitions
The first Halo 5: Guardians details have been revealed by Microsoft ahead of today’s E3 2015 conference at 5:30 GMT.
It turns out Master Chief won’t be running solo this time around, as he joins up with a division of the last remaining Spartan-IIs – codenamed Blue Team. Fans of the extended universe will be happy, the three Spartans joining Chief are none other than Linda, Fred and Kelly, who, like John-117, were abducted at an early age to be turned into super soldiers.
Throughout the campaign you’ll be accompanied by Blue Team in both single-player and up to four player co-op. Each Spartan will not only feature custom HUDs, but loadouts as well. It’s interesting to see the multiplayer focus from 343 Industries, with the studio opting to cut split screen multiplayer entirely in an effort to develop drop-in/drop-out co-op.
If you decide to roll solo, the AI will take control of Blue Team, with Chief able to deliver commands via the D-pad. Much like Star Wars: Republic Commando, the commands are simple and intuitive. You’ll be able to tell Blue Team to do everything from attacking specific enemies, moving to cover and even get the to take control of a Warthog while you assume the gunner position.
While the game will begin with Chief still under the wing of ONI and the UNSC, Halo 5: Guardians will eventually see the Spartans declared AWOL, not to mention hunted by Spartan Jameson Locke. Much like in Halo 2 – where the campaign switched between Master Chief and the Arbiter levels – Halo 5 will let you see both sides of the fight as you embody Spartan Locke and his Fireteam Osiris. Oh, and if you’re a fan of Halo 3: ODST, you’ll probably be super happy to learn that Sergeant Edward Buck, who is played by Firefly actor Nathan Fillion, is back and kicking ass.
Expect to see a lot more from Halo 5 at Microsoft’s E3 conference last this afternoon.