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Another day, another tidbit of news regarding the arrival of Halo 5: Guardians. Today, IGN revealed the list of playlists that will be available on October 27th when the game initially launches. Thanks to a little help from NeoGAF user CyReN, here is the list of game modes and maps in an easy to read format.

Warzone
Warzone on Escape from A.R.C.
Warzone on Raid on Apex 7
Warzone on March on Stormbreak

Warzone Assault
Warzone Assault on Dispatch
Warzone Assault on Array
Warzone Assault on Summit

Team Arena
Breakout on Gambol
Breakout on Trident
Slayer on Coliseum
Slayer on Eden
Slayer on Plaza
Slayer on Empire
Slayer on The Rig
Capture the Flag on Coliseum
Capture the Flag on Truth
Capture the Flag on Fathom
Strongholds on The Rig
Strongholds on Eden
Strongholds on Empire

Team Slayer
Slayer on Coliseum
Slayer on Plaza
Slayer on The Rig
Slayer on Truth
Slayer on Regret
Slayer on Fathom

Breakout
Breakout on Gambol
Breakout on Altitude
Breakout on Trench
Breakout on Trident
Breakout on Crossfire

Free-For-All
Slayer on Eden
Slayer on Regret
Slayer on The Rig
Slayer on Plaza
Slayer on Orion
Slayer on Pegasus

Team SWAT
Team SWAT on Eden
Team SWAT on Regret
Team SWAT on The Rig
Team SWAT on Plaza
Team SWAT on Orion
Team SWAT on Pegasus
SWAT Magnums on Eden
SWAT Magnums on Regret
SWAT Magnums on The Rig
SWAT Magnums on Plaza
SWAT Magnums on Orion
SWAT Magnums on Pegasus

343 also states that there will be an ongoing rotational community playlist that will be voted on by the community. Once an option goes in, it will only last for the weekend. This is where you could expect to find options such as Fiesta, Shotty Snipers, and whatever other new options the Halo 5: Guardians sandbox provides.

If you’re looking for Big Team Battle, that mode will be added in later along with maps that suit it, as 343 wished to focus on Warzone for the launch. Also missing in the launch is the game’s Forge mode, which will be patched into the game in December.


Quick Take

As a longtime Halo player, I’m a bit concerned that staples like Oddball and King of the Hill aren’t represented here, and surprised that Halo 4’s additions like Regicide or Flood aren’t either. I assume that they’re keeping it simple for launch day, and Warzone alone will soak up a lot of my time, but I still hope that it doesn’t take as long as it did for Halo 4 to get some variety in those Halo 5: Guardians playlists.

What do you think of Halo 5: Guardians‘s matchmaking options? What gametypes from the past are you yearning to make a comeback? Why didn’t anyone like VIP in Halo 3? Answer these questions and more in the comments below!


Alex Santa Maria

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