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Halo 5: Guardians has some League of Legends DNA inside its Warzone mode

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Halo, a video game series that has a surprisingly minimal amount of high altitude low orbit drops, has always skated the line between new and old school when it comes to shoot ‘em up mechanics.

This year however, Halo 5: Guardians is romancing more contemporary ideas for its gunplay, while attempting to marry those concepts to its trademark quick pace and a co-operative experience. But when it comes to multiplayer, Halo 5: Guardians is also looking at some new ideas.

Specifically, a mode that was inspired by MOBA click ‘em up, League of Legends.

“When we started with Warzone, we just wanted to put everything in the Halo sandbox into one single game mode,” Multiplayer director Kevin Franklin told gameson.net, of the mode that uses capture points, neutral enemies and a home base that is filled with AI defenders.

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What we started off really early with was the AI bosses, they took a little while to come together, but you could definitely make parallels with MOBAs there which we’re not shying away from.

According to Franklin, developer 343 Industries also tried sending out waves of AI Marines in early tests, but they just couldn’t translate that MOBA idea to Halo 5’s Warzone. “We couldn’t just recreate Summoner’s Rift into Halo,” Franklin explained.

We had to make sure it supported all of our weapons, vehicles, AI, in a way that was distinctly Halo. So while I’m not afraid of any possible similarities, I think that we really had to set ourselves apart and build something that was right for our game.

Warzone is such a massive side of Halo 5: Guardians, that the idea could easily stand alone as a spin-off product, something that might happen in the future. But that won’t be anytime soon, as Warzone is first and foremost a part of the game.

“There’s something about launch day that only comes every three years for Halo,where everyone gets lined up outside the retailers, they do all sorts of events, and people are calling in sick and taking the next two days off school or work.” Franklin said. “That’s kind of magical for me.”

Last Updated: October 1, 2015


  1. HaLoL?


    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      October 1, 2015 at 10:07



  2. Uberutang

    October 1, 2015 at 10:08

    I really like what I see from this, but they need to spawn in far more NPC’s. The ‘warzone’ is still to underpopulated and empty with just 24 humans playing and then the odd ‘enemy ai’ wave.

    They need to up the AI count significantly on those large maps to make it feel less empty.
    It needs to be crazy chaos 24×7 across the map.


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