Halo 5: Guardians has finally launched!
The long awaited ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ was released this week (27/10/2015) and it looks incredible, with many new features. Before we look into the new game, we thought it would be interesting to briefly talk about the history of the Halo franchise…
In 2001, we saw the beginning of Halo with Combat Evolved. It had sold 5 million copies by 2005 and was said to be the killer app for Xbox, meaning Halo was able to increase sales of Xbox consoles, making it more popular than it would ever be without it.
Halo 2 was released in 2004 and by June 2006 more than 500 million games of Halo had been played, as well as over 710 million hours played on Xbox Live.
The big hit for Microsoft was the release of Halo 3 in 2007, which made a gross profit of $300 million in the first week! More than a million players were online in the first 20 hours. To date, more than 14.5 million copies of Halo 3 have been sold.
The next was Halo: ODST released in 2009. It was the best seller in the United States for that year and sold more than 3 million copies worldwide.
Halo Reach, released in 2010, brought some new features to the game; new multiplayer classes such as: Sprint, Armour Lock, Jetpack, Active Camo and Hologram were introduced. At first, the fan base were finding it difficult to like the changes, but they grew accustomed to it over time. Halo Reach sold a gross profit of $200 million on launch day, setting a new record for the franchise.
In 2012 came Halo 4, which sold over 3 million copies on its launch day; over $220 million in profit.
It’s clear that a huge fan base has formed and grown since initially releasing Halo 1. In 2014, the Master Chief Collection was released. This included the high definition remake of Halo 1: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4, which was supported by Xbox 360 and Xbox One. All of the games retained original story and gameplay. On May 2015, Halo: ODST was made available to the collection. For those who love the Halo franchise, this became a great opportunity to go back and play the thrilling prequels in High Definition.
According to reports, by mid-2015, all of the Halo games had grossed over $3.5 Billion!
Now, onto Halo 5: Guardians...
Halo 5 career takes place in the year 2558, and is set eight months after the events of Halo 4’s Spartan Ops game mode. There are said to be 15 campaign missions, which, based on average results through user research testing on normal difficulty, could take 8-12 hours.
Specs & Info:
- 12v12 Warzone; the largest halo multiplayer experience to date
- 4V4 Arena multiplayer; a skill-based competitive combat
- 4-Player Drop-in/Drop-out co-op campaign
- 13 Hidden Skulls in campaign for in-game unlockables
- Features the largest ensemble of characters in any Halo game yet, with both new and returning characters
- 8 Playable characters in co-op campaign: Vale, Buck, Locke, Tanaka, Linda, Master Chief, Kelly and Fred
- There are 21 exciting multiplayer maps from the launch date, with 18+ maps said to be coming post launch
- 175 armour sets and helmets available with many more to come in the future
- 30 vehicle variants
- 53 different visors
- ‘Forge’ - Halo 5 players must wait till December for its release, but 1600+ objects will be available to create your own map
- 218 player emblems available to, again, provide the unique aspects to your player profile
We’re extremely excited that Halo 5: Guardians has finally been released, and can see it being very difficult to get bored of, so it’s about time we take on some aliens and become a hero!
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