Following last week’s Halo World Championship North American Finals, publisher Microsoft alongside developer 343 Industries have continued to support Halo 5: Guardians well after launch with consistent content updates and big-money tournaments for pro players and enthusiasts.
This month’s Hammer Storm update, now live for players, comes with an all-new arena map called Torque, a “large symmetrical map that caters to Capture the Flag and Assault game modes.” The usual influx of REQ’s – from weapon skins to armor sets – also make it in, as well as the return of two classic game modes and two classic weapons. Grifball and Assault both make their way to Halo 5’s playlist rotation alongside the Gravity Hammer and the classic Halo Combat Evolved Pistol available to use in Warzone.
That’s not all the news 343 Industries has to share, as the studio had also teased fans with what’s to come in the months ahead. In a graphic showing what looks to be the next four months of updates, the Halo developers seem to be delivering on fan requests with April’s content patch titled ‘Memories of Reach’, in reference to 2010’s Halo: Reach which introduced a lot of new features in the almost 15-year old series. It also looks like Firefight, first seen in Halo 3: ODST, is making its return in June’s update in the form of Warzone Firefight, teased at the end of this month's Hammer Storm trailer, which will "bring PvE to Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer and let players battle together against common foes."
Based on the graphic, March’s update seems to be packed with a new Warzone map set on Meridian, a human colony players visit in Halo 5’s campaign mode. May’s update, titled Hog Wild, just shows a Warthog, which may indicate more vehicles will be added to the game like ones from the recently revealed Halo toy collection from Mattel. June’s Warzone Firefight update might bring an end to the monthly patches Halo fans are used to, as when it was announced that all maps would be free, the developers only mentioned 15 maps would arrive monthly until June.
As next month’s Halo World Championship finals is sure to bring a lot of attention to Halo 5, Microsoft would do well to support the game long after June 2016 if they truly want to re-establish Halo in the company of League of Legends or Call of Duty in terms of sheer popularity. 343 Industries may be able to justify a break in consistent updates though, with fan-favorite Halo Wars 2 announced to launch later this year which may act as a stop-gap before more Halo 5 DLC is released in 2017. For fans that want even more Halo content, Killer Instinct Season 3 will feature Halo 2's Arbiter. For a full rundown on the Hammer Storm update, check out Halo Waypoint's offical post here.
Halo 5: Guardians launched on October 27 exclusively for Xbox One.