Halo 5 is Game Informer’s July cover

Blue Team makes their first major game appearance.

Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5: Guardians is Game Informer’s July 2015 cover story. The magazine has the first hands-on report from the game’s Master Chief campaign.

Pictured on Game Informer’s front cover, Master Chief is accompanied by the Blue Team in both single-player and four-player co-op. Linda, Fred, and Kelly were abducted at age six alongside John (Master Chief) to be turned into Spartan-II super soldiers. They grew up together and battled through many adventures in Halo‘s expanded fiction, but this marks their first significant role in a Halo game. They’ll interact with Master Chief, appear in cutscenes, and accept his commands in single-player. In co-op play, everyone takes on a specific member, each with their own loadout unique to their specialty.

In addition to single-player, Game Informer’s 12-page hands-on also previews the game’s revamped competitive Arena multiplayer mode. Their report breaks down the changes made to the Empire map from last winter’s multiplayer beta, as well as debuts first look at a new map called Fathom. 343 Industries also teases a brand new mode never before seen in a Halo game.

In addition to Halo 5, the July issue also has a six-page preview on Abzu, which was announced for PlayStation 4 at last year’s E3, Skylanders: SuperChargers, and nine pages on Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, Patrice Désilets’ new episodic game.

Watch Game Informer’s Halo 5 coverage trailer below.

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