Halo 5 Guardians Details Revealed: Descoping And Sprint Return, Watch The Multiplayer Beta On Live Stream Tonight During HaloFest
The impending launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection is taking most headlines and attention, but Halo 5: Guardians is still ahead as well. A sneak peek at some footage has revealed some important game mechanics that fans of the series will want to hear about in advance of the game's release.
Leaked videos (since removed, but originally reported on by Eurogamer) revealed some form of sprint and the return of descoping. The footage raised enough attention that Halo 5 boss Josh Holmes took to Twitter to address the excitement.
"No penalty to hip fire in H5, no movement penalty when scoping/zooming, no flinch, he tweeted. "Tune in for the beta gameplay reveal at #HaloFest Monday."
When asked specifically about descope, Holmes confirmed its return before stating that was the last detail he would reveal early. Descoping, as fans know, is the mechanic in which being struck by a shot will take you out of your scope if you're zoomed in. This was replaced with a shaky screen in Halo 4 to negative reception within the community, as it reduces no scopes and consistent aim.
The continued use of sprinting, on the other hand, will not be so well-received. The mechanic is fine in casual use, but isn't really synonymous with the essence of Halo gameplay. Rush around the map changes team movement and reduces strategy, picking the game up to a more frantic Call of Duty pace.
More details are coming tonight during HaloFest, as Holmes teased, during the Halo 5 mutliplayer beta debut. The stream will kick off at 8 p.m. PST, 11 p.m. EST and we'll have it for you below.