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UPDATE: Halo 5's Campaign Co-op Is Online Only & Does Require Xbox Live Gold

Screens full of gold.

Update: It turns out the below point with regard to online co-op being free was made in error, and you will need an Xbox Live Gold subscription after all. Taking to the Halo Waypoint blog, 343 Industries’ John Holmes apologised for the error, but did note that one of those 14 day XBL Gold trials will be bundled with Halo 5: Guardians.

Thanks to Scythegpd for pointing this out to us in the comments.

Split screen co-op has been a staple of the Halo series ever since the first game launched alongside the first Xbox, but a Halo 5 themed edition of Game Informer has revealed that the forthcoming game will no longer have this feature. Instead, everything will be done online.

Master Chief is now accompanied by Blue Team in both single and co-op play, allowing for up to four players to team up and take on the campaign together, with each player taking on the role of a specific character on the team. On the other side of the story, Spartan Locke will eventually be called into action to hunt down Master Chief and Blue Team, who will be declared AWOL by the UNSC during the story, and will do so with Fireteam Osiris (just in having the Guardians subtitle wasn’t enough of a jab/homage to Destiny).

While all of this co-op has to be done online, one positive is that you won’t need an Xbox live Gold subscription in order to play. That’s not the only freebie either, as the game’s 20 multiplayer maps at launch will be bolstered by a further 15 by June 2016, and all for free so as not to divide the player base.

While it’s a shame that split screen co-op is missing, I think it’s safe to say that 343 and Microsoft are giving a lot more with the one hand than they are taking with the other.

Source: Game Informer, via Eurogamer

  1. Kennykazey
    Since: Mar 2010

    Split-screen has been a defining part of Halo to me. I’m gutted by this exclusion, especially in a game so focused on having team-mates. Hopefully 343 will see reason and patch it in at some point, but until then the game will feel inclomplete.

    Comment posted on 10/06/2015 at 16:34.
  2. Scythegpd
    Since: Jul 2010

    Apparently it’s since been clarified that he “miscommunicated” and what he really meant was co-op was playable during the 14 day gold trial you receive with the game (now).
    So you can’t play it as a silver member once your 14 day trial has ended.

    Josh Holmes:
    “I need take a moment to make an important correction on something we miscommunicated in the story. I misspoke during the interview when stating that online co-op campaign would be supported with an Xbox Live Silver account. Co-op campaign will require Xbox Live Gold to play. I want to extend my sincere apologies to our fans, and to Game Informer, for this error and any confusion it has caused.

    That said, it is important to us that fans have the opportunity to play the full co-op campaign experience and we are doing this by providing a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial with Halo 5: Guardians.”

    Comment posted on 10/06/2015 at 23:04.
Halo 5: Guardians
  • Developer:343 Industries
  • Publisher:Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms:Xbox One
  • Release Date:27/10/2015