20 March 2016

Halo 5's Next Free Update First Images Now Available

    343 Industries has revealed the first details about Halo 5's Ghosts of Meridian expansion, which is going to be available early in April. While 343 will be pulling back the curtain in full later, for now, we've learned it will come with new weapons, weapon skins, helmets, armor, assassinations, emblems, vehicles, and new Warzone map.  The new Warzone map is called Skirmish at Darkstar. In a blog post, 343 explained how the arena will stand out from the game's existing Warzone battlegrounds.

"The upcoming map brings an entirely new feel to the Warzone experience, with a variety of unique sightlines, flank routes, and cover pieces that invite you to push across and throughout the map, dodge danger from patrolling vehicles, and perfectly time an attack on opponents," it said. "If you've been anxiously awaiting a new place to bust out your finest Reqs and lay down destruction, this is it."

343 senior concept artist Josh Kao further explained the design philosophy for Skirmish at Darkstar.
"For Skirmish at Darkstar, the team decided on having a derelict ship in the middle of the map on the mining planet of Meridian--which you can see to the left of the concept (above)," he said. "I originally thought about having a space elevator in the concept, but we decided against it because there was already one in the campaign. I also wanted to capture the mood of what a mining planet would feel like, with the sunlight peeking through its heavily polluted atmosphere."