Microsoft and 343 Industries just heightened the hype around “Halo 5: Guardians.” At the Gamescom event this week, the companies lured fans with a multiplayer footage reveal, a new “Halo 5: Guardians” premium bundle and an upcoming e-sports event.
The limited-edition bundle was unveiled alongside some new hardware and accessories to complete the “Halo 5: Guardians” experience. Microsoft gave more details over at the Xbox Wire, revealing that the special Xbox One console will have a 1T hard drive and a uniquely designed “Halo 5: Guardians” console and controller.
The bundle also includes the “Halo 5: Guardians” game, 14 premium Requisition Packs, multiplayer emblem, FOTUS-class armor, a Guardian model, the “Halo: The Fall of Reach” series, dossiers for the two teams and Locke’s classified orders. As a bonus, those with the limited edition can pre-download “Halo 5L Guardians” before the actual release date. The entire bundle will be available Oct. 20 for $499.99.
Players who already have an Xbox One console can still get in on the “Halo” fun with two “Halo 5: Guardians” controllers. The first comes from the limited-edition bundle, which is inspired by Spartan Locke with its metallic silver and blue accents. The second is designed after the Master Chief’s armor, which features the army green and orange highlights. The controllers cost $69.99 each and both are slated for an October release.
More than the campaign components of “Halo 5: Guardians,” it appears that developer 343 Industries and Microsoft also have eSports very much in mind for the title. For the most part, other titles such as “Call of Duty” and “League of Legends” have always taken the front seat in eSports competitive gaming.
However, Halo has started to pick up in terms of players and supporters, with the development of the Halo Championship Series. But the developer may have a bigger plan for “Halo 5: Guardians.”
It will be as big as the $1 million prize money that Microsoft will put up for grabs for its latest Halo competition, though not a lot of details were revealed over at the official Halo Blog. Still, Gamescom did yield a much-awaited gameplay footage of the multiplayer, featuring the “Fathom” map, seen below.