343 Industries has outlined a number of new features and additions that will be included in Halo 5: Guardians‘ next major update, known as Monitor’s Bounty.
“Well folks, the hour has finally come. It?s no surprise that this time of year exudes a spirit of gift-giving, and we couldn?t be more excited to help you unwrap a very special present from us to you: Monitor?s Bounty,” the developer writes. “Halo 5?s latest content release is an epic salvo of experience-enhancing additions, from new weapons, armor, and skins, to brand new ways to build and play, all alongside the biggest Forge update ever seen in a Halo game. In fact, we’ve got so much in store that we’ve split up the reveal across two days.”
The update will introduce new REQ items, Forge minigames, Observer Mode, a custom server browser, and more.
The new server browser allows Windows 10 and Xbox One players to search for in-progress games from the main menu. While Observer Mode lets any player in a Custom Game lobby enter the match as an observer and watch the match in real-time.
“Most camera controls are available along with player outlines and observers can toggle the Observer HUD on or off,” 343 explains. “The overlay supports up to eight players and two teams so it?s great for Doubles, 4v4 Arena, or Free-for-All (and not so great for your awesome 1v2v3v4v5 multiteam version of Strongholds?sorry). We hope this opens up new possibilities for players to cast games, stream cool game modes, and run online tournaments without disrupting those playing the game or waiting for the film to be accessible.”
Other improvements include the ability to gift REQ Packs and a new Voices of War premium REQ pack that unlock three new multiplayer announcers.
More details about the update can be found over on Halo Waypoint.
The Monitor’s Bounty update is scheduled to go live tomorrow, December 8th for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
Source: Halo Waypoint