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July-August 2017 Season Updates

Halo 5: Guardians

July-August 2017 Season Updates

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Welcome to the July-August 2017 Season! While initially it may just seem like the start of a new Arena Season, there is actually quite a bit happening today. From improved matchmaking to playlist updates in Free-For-All and Doubles to the return of Snipers, this season just about has it all. In this write-up we'll try to shed some light on our thought process, while providing the exact changes made to matchmaking, so that you are completely in-the-know as you start your placement matches...

Castle Wars

Halo 5: Guardians

Castle Wars

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Castle Wars, a classic custom game that started in Halo: Reach, has become one of the most popular custom games in Halo 5. The basic layout of a Castle Wars map consists of two big bases (usually castles) connected by a single bridge. In order to win, each team must push across the bridge, storm the opposing team's castle, then steal and capture the flag. Spartans are initially equipped with Energy Swords and Plasma Grenades, but some maps offer pickups such as power weapons, powerups and...

Final Summer 2017 Settings

Halo Championship Series

Final Summer 2017 Settings

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Last week, we detailed the "version 2" update of the official HCS settings that were being tested. Today, we're revealing the final version of these settings that will be used for the duration of the Summer 2017 season starting with Placement Cup #2 next weekend and HCS Daytona on May 12-14. The multiplayer team have been meeting with top HCS pros and reviewing feedback for these "version 3" changes, which are now considered final for the season.

HCS Summer Preview - Version 2

Halo Championship Series

HCS Summer Preview - Version 2

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Last week, we debuted “version 1” of the HCS Summer Season settings within the HCS Summer Preview playlist. Since then, the Multiplayer Team has been reviewing feedback and meeting with top HCS pro players, and “version 2” is now live in the HCS Summer Preview playlist. If you’re looking for details on what’s new, you’ve come to the right place. See inside for a list of changes, with some extra detail from the Halo Multiplayer Team about each change.

Extermination Playlist

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Extermination Playlist

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Today we're happy to be launching the newest social rotational playlist, Extermination, which features the community-created game mode of the same name. In this round-based mode, you and your squad will work together to eliminate the entire enemy team before any of their members can respawn. Extermination is an action-packed game mode that adds a new sense of urgency to the already high-stakes energy of Slayer and Breakout.

HCS Summer Preview is Here!

Halo Championship Series

HCS Summer Preview is Here!

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Earlier this week, members of the 343 Multiplayer team met with top HCS players to gather feedback, input, and ideas for this season’s settings. Based on this feedback, today, we’re excited to launch “version 1” of the HCS Summer Season settings in the HCS Summer Preview playlist – live in Halo 5 right now. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be gathering feedback from top players via official feedback sessions, and the entire community via an official forum thread below, as we work to make final...

Ghost In The Shell Forge Contest Winners

Halo 5: Guardians

Ghost In The Shell Forge Contest Winners

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On March 13, the submission window for the Ghost in the Shell Halo 5 Forge contest closed, and nearly 100 eligible entries were tallied up. Thank you to everyone who participated! The Forge community’s finest judges went through each submission and narrowed the field down to just a handful. After multiple playtests and careful consideration from 343 Industries and Paramount, we’re excited to reveal the winners and give a few honorable mentions to our favorite maps!

Burn Baby Burn

Halo Community Update

Burn Baby Burn

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Annnnd we’re back! After a brief hiatus last week on account of PAX East and a flurry of other blog posts, it’s good to be back at the helm of the Halo Community Update. Today we’ve got a brand new Vidoc exploring the next leader coming to Halo Wars 2, a preview of the next Halo Wars 2 patch and ranked playlist details, Halo 5 API assets, a HaloWC update, Community Spotlight, and more!

March-April 2017 Arena Season

Halo 5: Guardians

March-April 2017 Arena Season

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Greetings, and welcome to the dawn of a new Arena Season in Halo 5: Guardians! By the time you read this, the new digs should be up and ready for you to start knocking out your placement matches. But that’s not all, as we discussed in last week’s Community Update, the new Arena Season is also arriving with some friends – specifically some updated balance changes and brand new “Proving Grounds” playlist, where players will get their first chance to try out some new Motion Sensor features we’re...

Wars, Worlds, & Weaponry

Halo Community Update

Wars, Worlds, & Weaponry

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Welcome one and all to the latest edition of the Halo Community Update! This week we’re celebrating the release of Halo Wars 2 but we’ve also got plenty of Halo 5 goodness to talk about in addition to a new 343 Team Spotlight, Community Spotlight and of course, a sweet new Play of the Week. Let's go!

Ghost In The Shell - Forge Contest

Halo 5: Guardians

Ghost In The Shell - Forge Contest

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With each month that passes, the Halo community continues to surprise us with the unique maps created in Halo 5’s Forge mode on both Xbox One and Windows 10. To celebrate the Halo World Championship, we’ve partnered with Paramount Pictures and the upcoming film Ghost in the Shell, and are excited to reveal the Forge community’s next challenge - the Ghost In the Shell Halo 5 Forge Contest! At the Halo World Championship Finals next month in sunny Southern California, audience members will be...

Valentine's Day Doubles Refresh

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Valentine's Day Doubles Refresh

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Hey everyone! Valentine's Day is here and there is plenty going on, so let's give you a run down of today's festivities. First we'll be talking about the Valentine's Day Team Doubles Refresh, then we talk a free Valentine's Day gift, and lastly, we give you an excellent idea for a date!

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