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Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5’s Breakout eSports Mode Gets Revamped Before Launch
by Mike Futter on Sep 24, 2015 at 09:01 PM
Platform Xbox One
Publisher Microsoft Game Studios
Developer 343 Industries
Rating Teen

If you played the Halo 5: Guardians beta in December or January, you had a chance to give the new Breakout mode a try. It’s designed with eSports in mind, with quick, single-elimination rounds. When you play next month, it’s going to be a little different.

343 Industries watched players during the beta and noticed that a number of rounds were ending in ties. When teams were down to their last player, it wasn’t uncommon to see the survivor hiding from opposing forces.

In order to combat this, 343 added a flag to the mode. Now, rounds can be won either by eliminating the other four-person team or running the flag into their base. 

During our time with the mode, two of about thirty rounds ended with a flag capture. The others ended as you would expect, though some of the conclusions were forced by someone making an unsuccessful flag run.

The change doesn’t play a big part in the early part of a round, but I expect players will begin incorporating the flag into their strategies quickly. It accomplishes the desired effect, but more importantly, it shows one of the reasons why having an early beta can be beneficial to design as well as server testing.

For more on Halo 5: Guardians, check out our coverage of the campaign from last week’s preview event.

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