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343 Industries Says Halo 5: Guardians Online Co-op Requires Xbox Live Gold After All

by Bryan Vore on Jun 10, 2015 at 08:40 AM

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Representatives from 343 Industries reached out to us today to clarify one of the things told to Game Informer in interviews for our Halo 5: Guardians cover story. 343 Industries claimed that players would not need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play online co-op with friends. It would only be required for competitive multiplayer. This is no longer the case. 343 executive producer and internal studio head Josh Holmes conveyed the following in a statement sent to Game Informer and on the official Halo Waypoint site.

We’re excited to see all the amazing fan responses to the Halo 5: Guardians Game Informer cover story. The team has been working extremely hard to get us to this point, and it’s been incredibly rewarding to see all the positivity out of the gate around our focus on co-op, the introduction of Blue Team, and, of course, the return of Nathan Fillion as Buck.

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.  

Thank you all for your support. We can’t wait to show you all more of the game next week at E3. 


Our take
It's disappointing to hear that Xbox Live Silver members won't be able to join in on online co-op, but we appreciate 343 Industries' swiftness in conveying this change in policy.