Halo 5 to have 15 free DLC maps by June 2016

First details from the July 2015 issue of Game Informer.

Halo 5: Guardians

First details from Game Informer’s Halo 5: Guardians cover story have hit the internet.

In single-player, players will be accompanied by a fire-team of three A.I., which you can issue orders to, whether you’re playing as Master Chief or Commander Locke. Highlighting an enemy and hitting up on the d-pad orders your team to assault the enemy. You can also issue commands to retrieve weapons, use turrets, drive vehicles, etc. A.I. teammates can also revive you. Master Chief’s confirmed teammates are Blue Team, which consists of Linda, Kelley, and Fred.

Halo 5 begins with Master Chief on the run. It’s set eight months after the end of Halo 4, with cataclysmic events tearing apart star systems, which are tied to the Guardians—the forerunner entities shown in the first teaser trailer.

Game Informer went hands-on with the game’s second mission, taking control of Master Chief and his squad, who are tasked with taking back an ONI research vessel abandoned for two years. There is banter between Master Chief and the squad, as well as multiple routes to take in levels.

Of course, as confirmed earlier, your friends can take the place of your A.I. partners through four-player online co-op. Xbox Live Gold is not required for online co-op. (Update: This was an error. Xbox Live Gold is required for online co-op.)

Halo 5 will launch with over 20 multiplayer maps. And by June 2016, 15 additional free downloadable maps will have been released.

343 Industries promises a “completely new, epic multiplayer experience” that incorporates “all aspects of the Halo sandbox for the first time ever.” It will be revealed at E3.

For more information, pick up the July 2015 issue of Game Informer.

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