Halo 5: Guardians gets new ‘Monitor’s Bounty’ expansion, includes Arena Mode and custom browser

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True Halo fans are aware that it has been over a year since the release of “Halo 5: Guardians”. Since then, the game has been pampered with constant developer updates and improvements to enhance its gaming experience. Now, the game is receiving its latest free expansion called the “Monitor’s Bounty” DLC as announced by developer 343 Industries.

It is true that the Halo franchise was never really intended for Windows platform and was more likely directed towards Xbox consoles. The only available Halo titles on Windows are Halo: Spartan Assault apps and the Halo Wars strategy games. Also, Windows 10 users will have to wait until the arrival of Halo 6 to get their hands on a real Halo-based first person shooter.

The Forge bundle is a ‘free to install’ package that comes with Microsoft’s Halo news app and a level creator for customizing Halo 5 multiplayer maps. It is also the only playable taste of Halo 5: Guardians on Windows 10.

Halo 5 on Windows 10 will now make it possible to find and play games with friends and strangers alike in addition to having full access to an ever-expanding, incredibly robust Forge game and map editor,” developer 343 Industries said. “Build, share, and play Halo 5 on your Windows 10 PC for free and unleash the new functionality of Halo 5: Forge to create brand new experiences.”

Here’s the trailer:

So what’s new?

A crossover of several weapons from previous iterations like “Halo: Reach” will make their appearance. But the title’s core attraction is the addition of new Warzone maps to explore. Another mentionable change is the availability of a custom browser and an Observer mode which allows players to watch custom games.

The “Halo 5: Guardians” DLC pack’s custom browser will now allow players to locate and join in-progress custom games. Because of the custom browser, players will now have access to the entire Forge and Arena experience. The custom browser feature is available on both Xbox One and PC platforms.

Then there is the recently included “Action Target”. It allows creators to modify actions of up to 64 objects simultaneously. It also adds new conditions to the scripts and the ability for them to contain four actions per second.

The “Halo 5: Guardians” DLC is free to attain and comes with paid content. As elaborated by 343 industries, the payable content in “Monitor’s Bounty” contain voices of new multiplayer announcers. Voices of the War Req pack will feature actor Nathan Fillion (Castle and Firefly star), Yabda the Merciless and 031 Exuberant Witness.

The pack has a price tag of $10 which can also be gifted to other players. Moreover, to promote the gift feature, the developers are giving away Req packs which will only work once gifted.

The Monitor’s Bounty update is Halo 5’s ninth free expansion. It also follows several other expansions like The Battle of Shadow and Light and Cartographer’s Gift as well as 2017’s Infinity’s Armory, Hammer Storm, Ghosts of Meridian, Memories of Reach, Hog Wild, and Warzone Firefight.

343 Industries to release a Reality TV Show:

In other news, 343 industries have shook hands with Pilgrim Media Group to develop a TV reality show. Its plot will be derived majorly around the acclaimed “Halo 5: Guardian” franchise. The show is to feature original eSports entertainment content involving “Halo 5: Guardians”.

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