The Halo 5: Guardians franchise is a first-person shooter video game that 343 Industries developed primarily for Xbox One, leaving the Windows platform out in the cold. Thankfully, the developer released Halo 5: Forge on September 7 as the only version of Halo 5 that’s playable on Windows 10. Today, Microsoft is rolling out Monitor’s Bounty, a new content for Halo 5: Guardians and Forge.
The new free expansion introduces new weapons, armor, skins, minigames, an observer mode, and a custom games browser. Microsoft first offered glimpses of the new content release last Tuesday in hopes of firing up excitement among fans.
The custom game browser in particular is a free tool that helps gamers to locate custom games and join the fray while the battle is in progress. An update to the content browser also allows players to select a server with their preferred maps and game modes, instead of resorting to matchmaking. If you’ve been playing the Halo 5 series for a long time now, you might have already heard other players longing to see this kind of content browser.
Halo stated in a blog post:
“This custom games browser is something the team has wanted to add for a long time for the community, but we needed the content browser and the search engine that powers it up and running first.”
The custom games browser also comes with a privacy setting to let groups decide who can join the game. Halo added:
“Games you can join are based on their privacy settings when they are created in the lobby.”
Although the new content is free of charge, some content in Monitor’s Bounty including voices of new multiplayer announcers will set you back some cash. For example, the Voices of War Req pack which features actor Nathan Fillion, Yabda the Merciless and 031 Exuberant Witness costs $10. There’s also an option to send this pack as a gift to other players.
Players can also view custom games as they progress under the Observer Mode. This helps to prevent unnecessary disruption to games if someone wishes to check in on a game’s progress. Spectators will be able to toggle camera controls as the game goes on, according to Halo’s blog.