Warzone, Halo 5: Guardians
' gigantic twelve-on-twelve-on-AI multiplayer mode, debuted during Microsoft’s E3 presentation earlier this month. Since then we have seen a huge variety of gameplay
that delve into how this new mode will change, and build upon, the already massive multiplayer landscape. Thanks to a recent blog post on Xbox Wire, we now have a few new details on Halo’s newest mode as well as clarification of some of the mode’s features.
In a Warzone match, the first team to reach 1000 points or destroy the enemy team’s power core wins. Each round begins with you and your team of Spartans clearing your base of AI-controlled enemies, before heading out into the battlefield. Once out into the wider world, boss enemies will occasionally join the fray, offering players a variety of different combat opportunities.
The two Spartan teams will also be vying for control of three capture points. If a team can hold down all three, the enemy team’s power core becomes exposed allowing a team to move in for the kill if they choose. Points are awarded for defeating standard enemies, AI controlled bosses and opposing players, as well as by holding control points, which gives players the opportunity to play Warzone in a way that suits them.
During each match, as you fight and score kills, you earn Energy Points. The more powerful the enemies you face, the more Energy Points you earn. Energy Points can then be used to call in better weapons and vehicles at REQ Stations.
The multiplayer’s new REQ System rewards players across both Arena and Warzone, with players earning REQ Points after every multiplayer match. These REQ Points can then be used to redeem REQ Packs, which contain items like new weapons, vehicles, armour, and skins. The more matches played, the higher your REQ level.
As your REQ Level grows, the types of weapons and vehicles you can retrieve from REQ Stations and the maps Garage increases. Warthogs, Mantises, and the new Promethean VTOL gunship, the Phaeton, can all be brought in as long as you have attained a high enough REQ Level.
Warzone will be available to play when Halo 5: Guardians
releases on October 27th.