Hammer Storm Releases in Halo 5: Guardians

By Ashley Woodcock, 8 months ago
February's update for Halo 5: Guardians is live and ready for players to check out as developer 343 Industries continues to keep the game fresh and full of new goodness with the steady release of free content updates. The latest update, "Hammer Storm", contains a whole load of newness including new game modes, a new map, new weapons, and plenty more. Here's the list of the main features included in the update:

New game modes: Grifball, Assault and Fiesta - From the hammer-meets-sword sports sensation of Grifball, and weapon-roulette hilarity of Fiesta, to the fan-favorite Assault game type that’s been fully evolved for Halo 5: Guardians, Hammer Storm brings a brand new game mode to fit every flavor of Halo fan.

New map Torque - An entirely new environment primed for battle, Torque is a large symmetrical map that caters to Capture the Flag and Assault game modes. The pistons in each courtyard can provide key gameplay for cover, traversal, and objective movement.

New weapons change the game - The Gravity Hammer provides the proper tool for smashing enemies, and the Halo: CE Pistol brings back a legacy of single handed death-dealing. Be sure to watch for the classic headshot death animation when you deliver the killing blow!

New REQ items - Hammer Storm contains a myriad of new REQs, including attachments for loadout weapons, weapon skins, armors, emblems, assassinations, visors, and stances.

New possibilities with Forge - The new “ball” mechanic that powers the Assault and Grifball modes unlocks the potential for entirely new game types in Forge mode, not to mention paving the way for returning favorites like Oddball and Ricochet.
Here's the full list changes and fixes for known issues, bugs and more:


• New Arena map added: Torque
• New game types added to Arena: Grifball, Assault, and Fiesta Slayer
• Gravity Hammer added to Warzone, Arena, and Forge
• Halo: Combat Evolved M6D Pistol added to Warzone and Forge
• Players can no longer “re-roll” random weapon REQs in Warzone
• Implemented stricter idle boot duration period
• Fixed an issue with kill feed not showing weapon icon and Perfect Kill medal for the Halo 2 Battle Rifle
• Fixed an issue where the Mantis Destroyed medal was not being awarded for destroying a Mantis


• Made handling improvements to the Ghost, Mongoose, and Warthog to reduce their proneness to flipping over
• To improve consistency, Railgun projectile speed has been increased and is now hitscan
• The projectile speed of Gauss Cannon has been increased, and is now hitscan
• Fixed an issue where the first person camera lowered a few pixels after ending a strafe
• Fixed an issue that allowed legacy or legacy southpaw players to sprint while holding turrets
• Fixed an issue with the Halo 2 Battle Rifle that caused the reticle to shake when firing rapidly while descoped
• Fixed an issue where players could not perform a Ground Pound after jumping off of a ledge while performing a melee
• Fixed an issue where the Mantis appeared to teleport when being observed from a distance while a player entered the vehicle
• Fixed a bug where equipping an Overshield when standard shields are popped results in the Overshield bar depleting incorrectly

User Interface:

• Changed Player Markers for Fireteam members in matchmade games to green to distinguish them from other friendly players
• Added “Mute All” toggle option in lobby
• Expanded and restructured color palette from 32 to 60 colors for Armors, Helmets, and Emblems
• Added Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary color options for emblems
• Added support for animated emblems, such as True Light, a tribute to thecrzedspartan and his family
• Fixed issues with the in-game scoreboard after players have joined a match in progress
• Even when in a Fireteam, players can now see when another player is “spectateable”
• Other player’s SR progress now updates correctly on the large nameplate in the PGCR
• Fixed delay and message prompt when attempting to leave a lobby
• Improved performance during the processing and opening of REQ packs
• Improved stability around REQ actions performed on HaloWaypoint.com

Stability and Networking:

• Made a variety of networking improvements, including improved handling of packet lag, jitter, and loss which manifested under very rare networking conditions
• Fixed several rare issues relating to walking into walks, warping, game clock stoppage, and disconnections.
• Resolved issues surrounding multiple Xbox Ones playing on the same network
• Improved stability when joining custom game lobbies
• Resolved an issue that prevented players from playing Campaign online after experiencing a network disconnect


• Fixed an issue that caused previously bookmarked films to not be viewable after the Cartographer’s Gift update
• Fixed an issue with players not appearing in scoreboard and player cycle list if they’ve joined the match in progress
• Fixed an issue where Spartan models were not rendered when skipping forward or backward
• Free camera can now go through shields on Warzone Bases
• Fixed an issue that caused live spectated sessions to end when another player joins in progress


New/Updated Features:

• Buttons added for "spawn all despawned objects" and "reset objects to spawn locations"
• You can script translation of up to 500 ft, instead of previous cap of 100 ft
• File Browser limits raised to 500 saved items
• Parallax improvements
• Added new skybox theme: Ascendance
• Increased size of map by 20% horizontally and 45% vertically
• With this change, lighting will be below the center boundary markers (diamond shape boundaries on sides). Above lighting will not be as detailed but still acceptable for many cases. It is designed to be best for aerial combat and/or non-core gameplay zones

New Assets:

• MP Ball Base
• Gravity hammer added to weapons palette
• Halo: CE Pistol Added to weapons palette
• Added new Pelican props (PROPS>VEHICLES>PELICANS>)
• Closed - Closed up, in-flight version
• Open - Grounded version; Open back door
• Door - Snap on back door for the Pelican
• Gear - Snap on landing gear for the Pelican
• Added new UNSC Drop pod props (PROPS>DROP-PODS)
• Drop-Pod: UNSC [closed]
• Drop-Pod: UNSC [open]
• Drop-Pod: UNSC [door]
• Drop-Pod: UNSC [air-brake]
• Added 64' variants of several objects for people to replace tiled objects and help reduce object counts
• Bridge [64x16x3]
• Wall [2x64x12; simple]
• Wall [2x64x16; simple]
• Wall [2x64x20; simple]
• Wall [2x64x24; simple]
• Wall [2x64x4; simple]
• Wall [2x64x8; simple]
• Wall [2x64x12; detailed]
• Wall [2x64x16; detailed]
• Wall [2x64x20; detailed]
• Wall [2x64x24; detailed]
• Wall [2x64x4; detailed]
• Wall [2x64x8; detailed]
• Wall: Window [2x64x12; clear]
• Wall: Window [2x64x16; clear]
• Wall: Window [2x64x20; clear]
• Wall: Window [2x64x24; clear]
• Wall: Window [2x64x12; shielded]
• Wall: Window [2x64x16; shielded]
• Wall: Window [2x64x20; shielded]
• Wall: Window [2x64x24; shielded]
• Trim [6x64x10]
• Railing: Bar [1x64x4.5]
• Railing: Shielded [1x64x4.5]
• Cover: Solid [2x64x4.5]
• Cover: Jersey Barrier [3x64x4.5]
• Cover: Street [4x64x4.5]
• Cover: Tech [4x64x4.5]


• Grunt [toy] (!!!)

Forge Bug Fixes:

• Fixed issue where Monitor would not use backup map spawns - you should always load into a map when in Forge mode now
• Fixed issue with menu spinners incorrectly displaying the lowest possible value when they're set to highest possible value
• Fixed issues with Glacier map to improve general stability and usability
• Fixed issue with normal/fixed physics on Man Cannon [UNSC]
• The kill ball can no longer be shoulder bashed.
• Fixed issue with locked objects floating away
• Fixed issue with 'Reset Position' script not always resetting position
• Corrected size issue on Block [64x4x2]
• Corrected size issue on Block [64x2x2]
• Fixed issue with tertiary color on Hazard Suit [5x4x11]
• Fixed issue with color selection on all grid pieces. Now the squares alternate like a chess set.
• Fixed magnet placement on Ring: 16' [64x64x16; quarter]
• Added secondary color to Locker [3x2x7]
• Added magnets to Gravity Volume [32x32x32; invisible]
• Lined up magnets on open cargo containers with their doors on both man and vehicle sized models
• Corrected size issue on Block [32x32x48]
• Weapon pads can no longer be set to unsupported respawn time values ( > 10 minutes).
• Switch objects correctly update their position as you move them (fixes issue where switches would teleport to their previous position when you dropped them)
• Fixed bug on shields that caused them to stop Spartans shoulder bashing through them after being popped

Forge Tweaks & Cleanup:

• Improved/cleaned up object palettes that had mix of headers and files
• Added folders under Structures>Floors and Structures>Walls with accent pieces for quicker access
• Added Rotation Type, Pivot, and Movement Type controls to the basic control helper settings
• Changed the physics of the Gravity Lift [invisible] base to allow players, etc. to pass through it; enables chaining
• Reclassified the scripts group from subsection to submenu
• Minor reduction to the Monitors boost speed; more tuning will come in future updates
• Added "Classics" to weapon type category
• "Set Color" script doesn't update the object's spawn point every time color gets set
• "Delete all objects" button no longer deletes "Locked" objects and will properly stop objects from respawning
• Disabled normal physics on a bunch of objects that aren't supposed to support them

Named Location updates
• Added a set of named locations to the list. NOTE: Many of the new ones do not support VO combat chatter but do • appear in the HUD.
• Alphabetized (English) the list


• Resolved an issue that occurred when switching profiles on the new Xbox One dashboard while Halo 5 was suspended
• Fixed an issue that caused various Campaign Service Record stats to appear incorrect or as zero after a completed playthrough
These new screens showcase the Griftball and Fiesta game modes in action as well the new weapon skins and the new map:

Lastly, the launch trailer for the content update showcasing all of the colourful customizations, weapons, weapon skins, the map, and plenty more. There's also a little preview of the new "Warzone Firefight" mode which will be making its way to the game in the coming months and will see players band together in PvE action and do battle against their enemies.

The free "Hammer Storm" content update is available for Halo 5 right now.
Ashley Woodcock
Written by Ashley Woodcock
Assistant News Manager for TrueAchievements and member of the Newshounds team since 2010. Lover of completions, tough achievements, shooters, action, adventure and racing titles, hip-hop, NBA, and my Scooby. Finding it hard to pull myself away from The Division and its dangerous Dark Zone.