Gamescom 2015: Halo 5: Guardians Trailer Focuses On Multiplayer

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Whereas E3 2015 saw Microsoft and 343 Industries focus more on the story campaign of Halo 5: Guardians at E3 2015, gamescom 2015 saw a more fan-oriented look with a focus on multiplayer. Microsoft debuted a new trailer during their gamescom 2015 media event, highlighting how the series they claim changed competitive multiplayer action on consoles has undergone some changes since those times.

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Halo 5: Guardians looks to offer more than one kind of battleground type for their multiplayer, and the newest trailer definitely plays into that sense. 343 Industries has carefully insisted on classifying two different multiplayer layouts: arena and warzone play. Arena plays more to classic stages of yesteryear, with a focus on one central area and sprawling entry and exit points around the map. Warfare mixes the openness of campaign levels of the past with Battlefield series proportions of character and vehicular combat. There seems to be a lot more options for flying and ground craft than we’ve seen before.

It seems important for Microsoft to differentiate between the two styles of combat, as they have also announced the Halo World Championship, kicking off later this year. With more than $1 million in prizes up for grabs, the “inaugural” tournament will start its first action with a brief preview of Halo 5: Guardians action at gamescom 2015 this Friday at 10 AM ET. Microsoft has brought some quality showmanship with this preview, as CAZ.Esports, Supremacy and Epsilon Esports will team up against North America’s OpTic Gaming for the game’s first official show of competition. You can watch the action on Twitch.tv/Halo.

We’ve seen this song and dance before. Typically, Microsoft pushes Halo into the epicenter of eSports by bankrolling a million-dollar tournament in an effort to market their games as central to the eSports landscape. However, this is the first time that the competitive gaming scene isn’t dominated with StarCraft 2 or CS: GO. Instead, it’s the MOBAs like League of Legends and DOTA II that absolutely eviscerate the scene’s mindshare and attention. I’d love to see Halo 5: Guardians bring that kind of excitement back to eSports shooters, although its day in the sun might be over.

Halo 5: Guardians launches exclusively for the Xbox One on October 27th.


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