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HALO COMMUNITY UPDATE - 04/30/16

INFECTION



The widely requested mayhem that is Infection is also receiving final tweaks and polish. We’re playtesting the game type across a variety of dev and community maps, and precision tuning is nearly complete. Let’s unveil a few specifics on the game mode:

  • Total player count: 12

  • Number of rounds: 4

  • Round time limit: 3 minutes each

  • New Custom Game option: “Last Squad Standing”

  • Spartans have all Spartan abilities (naturally!)

  • Infected have Thrust, Smart Scope, Stabilize

  • New medals




  • FORGE ???

    Tom French and Mike Byron from the Forge team are back with another cryptic clue of what’s on the way. I’m guessing it comes as absolutely no surprise that they have once again, and without comment, sent over a cryptic screenshot for this blog.





    MEMORIES OF REACH REQ PREVIEW

    This week, we’re pulling back the curtain on some of the goodness you’ll find in Memories of Reach. Stay tuned next week for the full reveal, including a few specific armors (and more!) you may be looking forward to. Memories of Reach will include a bunch of new stuff, and will also bring the Spartan's Armory REQs into the REQ pool.



    I'll just leave this here:



    That’ll do for this week, friends. We’ll be back with plenty more from Memories of Reach next week, and we do hope you’ll join us. Oh, and as a note, we're extending the April Season by one day, meaning the May season will begin on Monday, 5/2. If you haven't yet qualified for a playlist, 1) you should play more and 2) you've got an extra day to do so.



    Full news post can be read here.



    Warzone Firefight Beta Now Live



    The Warzone Firefight Beta is currently live, and will run until April 18th. Get out there and kill some aliens!

    Edit: Good news for all Firefight fans! 343 has extended the beta by one day which means the end date is now April 19th!



    Ghosts of Meridian, Firefight and patch notes -04/06/2016


    Today, a brand new update went live. Contained within this update is the new DLC, Ghosts of Meridian, new requisitions and a few fixes to improve Halo 5's multiplayer experience.




    *NEW*MAPS!


    DARKSTAR - WARZONE




    Tyrant - Arena





    WARZONE FIREFIGHT BETA


    LIVE APRIL 14-18th


    Warzone Firefight is an ambitious new multiplayer mode coming to Halo 5: Guardians that stands primed to offer the biggest Halo cooperative experience ever in franchise history. In Warzone Firefight, up to eight players will work together to complete five rounds of increasingly difficult, dynamic objectives set against a timer to emerge victorious. Since its reveal, players all across the world have been chomping at the bit to get a taste of this evolved PvE experience, and now we’re happy to announce that from April 14-18, we’ll be offering all Halo 5: Guardians players a chance to do just that with our special Warzone Firefight Beta.

    The five-day beta experience will see Spartan fireteams of up to 8 players battle against an onslaught of enemy AI on the Escape from A.R.C. Warzone map. You and your friends will tackle a new objective for each of the five rounds, with each task growing progressively more demanding along the way. And since the mode is a fully realized member of the Warzone family, players will have full access to their arsenal in the Halo 5: Guardians REQ system, letting you leverage your REQs in new ways against computer-controlled enemies. In addition, we will offer a brand new promotional pack – the Mythic Warzone REQ Pack – which will make it even easier for eager Spartans to unlock the most powerful REQs in the system.

    Welcome to Warzone Firefight. You picked a helluva week to join up…



    FORGE WEATHER EFFECTS



    New weather effects include: Rain, Snow, Papers, Embers, Dust, and Motes

    Add rain to your atmospheric Big Team Battle map, let it snow on your remake of Lockout, or immerse players in your post-apocalyptic city with embers that fill the night sky. We’re excited to see how these weather effects take your creations to the next level, and continue to surprise us. Forge on!



    *NEW*REQUISITIONS!






    CONTENT UPDATE NOTES


    New features and updates:
  • New Warzone map added: Skirmish at Darkstar

  • New Arena map added: Tyrant

  • Weather effects added to Forge

  • New sound effects added to Forge

  • Spartan Company members will now appear in the Active Roster

  • April 14 – 18: Warzone Firefight Beta playlist goes live.


  • Multiplayer:
  • Fixed exploit that allowed players to hide inside Armory base geometry in Warzone

  • Significantly improved the speed and responsiveness of the REQ Menu, especially for players with a large number of REQs

  • Favorited friends now appear at the top of Active Roster

  • Fixed issue where players that a join a match in progress did not have full REQ Energy to start

  • Reduced instances where the assaulting team could be spawn blocked on Warzone Assault maps

  • Fixed issues with invisible environment boundaries allowing vehicles to push players out of normal map boundaries

  • Fixed issue where some players who had recently dealt damage to a Boss did not receive Takedown credit when the Boss was killed by a teammate

  • SWAT DMRs added to the SWAT playlist

  • Fixed an issue that caused the Event Feed to not display at the end of a round or match

  • SWAT game type options have been balanced to allow for even weighting between Magnums, BRs, and DMRs

  • Gravity Hammer is now the starting weapon in Grifball

  • Reduced Boss Takedown damage requirement from 10% to 1%

  • Random Weapon and Random Vehicle REQs can now unlock the most up-to-date REQs, including those from Ghosts of Meridian

  • Daily Win Bonus Packs can now unlock the most up-to-date single-use REQs, including those from Ghost of Meridian

  • Players can now “ping” their location in a game when alive to alert teammates by pressing UP on the d-pad in Warzone or Arena

  • Fixed an issue that caused explosive barrels to not be explosive when the Deathless option is turned on in Custom Games


  • Sandbox:
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Spartan Laser to deal incorrect damage against shields

  • Fixed a bug where damage dealt to Gungoose Cannons did not properly transfer damage to the rest of the vehicle. (The Spartan Laser is excited about this change, too)

  • Mantis armor has been increased

  • Reduced the explosion radius of the Whiplash

  • Needler projectiles now do damage to Wraith and Scorpion weak points

  • Fixed an issue where Rail Gun aiming light can be seen through geometry

  • Fixed server crashes surrounding picking up powerups

  • Fixed a bug that made picking up powerups impossible

  • With Speed Boost activated, Spartan Charging now kills upon impact

  • Hydra Launcher now only locks onto the torso of enemy Spartans

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to perform a Spartan Charge after performing a Thrust in mid-air

  • Fixed a bug with Phaeton damage regions that resulted in incorrect weak spot hit markers

  • Slightly reduced bloom for the Halo: CE Pistol

  • Improved readability of shields popping immediately after they begin to recharge

  • Lowered the damage of an uncharged Plasma Pistol shot when fired upon a Ghost’s weak point

  • Fixed a bug that did not allow Ball holders to pick up grenades

  • Fixed a bug with Advanced Sensors’ speed threshold that caused players to show up on radar in some cases where they were not moving at Sprint/Thrust speed or faster




  • Full deatils on this update can be found here.



    343 Community Update


    March 31st, 2016


    EDIT: This FREE update is now available and is 8.5GB in size.


    Additional REQs Revealed

    - 343 has revealed the full list of REQs that will be released with Ghosts of Meridian



    Skirmish at Darkstar

    The Most Condensed Warzone Map Yet
    - Darkstar has more of an infantry focus than other Warzone maps, with plenty of structures in the center of the map providing cover for on-foot players.

    New Start
    - The match starts on a map overrun by enemies. Players are Pelican dropped facing the center of the map.

    New Legendary Bosses
    - Endurance-of-Will is a higher-ranked and significantly tougher Knight adversary.
    - A Promethean Soldier has hijacked a UNSC Mantis.


    Tyrant

    343 has released concept art for a new Arena map, Tyrant



    Warzone Turbo

    The first Warzone featured playlist, Warzone Turbo is available until April 4th.
    "Warzone Turbo is fiesta-esque mayhem on a gigantic scale, where you are instantly placed at Level 9 as soon as your Home Base is secure"




    Check out the full Community Update here.
    Check out the Ghosts of Meridian live stream April 5 at 3PM PDT on twitch.tv/halo



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