Clarity regarding Halo 5 : Guardians online co-op access

Josh Holmes:

"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."

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Septic1139d ago

Ah man! Would have been wicked if it were true because it could set a precedent for others to possibly follow.

Ah well.

joab7771138d ago

No way he didn't know what he was saying when he said it. I wonder of it has been changed since, or due to such a positive response.

Dlacy13g1138d ago

tin foil hat much? I don't care about co-op needing or not needing XBLG but the big takeaway still is....ALL maps included at no extra cost. That is the kind of precedent I want to see others follow.

4Sh0w1138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

Yeah that sucks he miscommunicated, that would have been a nice side note to the local co op change but honestly although I know they exist I dont know anyone with a X1 who doesn't have XBLG, I just think especially for Xbox being much more online focused, without the online access the console becomes half as useful without online. I personally love all the interaction with friends online. Its like buying a SUV without a passenger or any back seats.

nicksetzer11138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

Eh, who seriously doesn't have gold but buys and XB1 anyway?

What IS awesome are 20 maps at launch and 15 free DLC maps.

optimus1138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

i don't have a gold account anymore...i calculated the times that i actually play online games thoughout the year and it was in the single's not fun playing with strangers. especially when all they do is talk nonsense, play stupid music, or fight with their little brother...don't care for 20 maps or 40 since i never played the previous halos for multiplayer...maps are not an incentive for me.

as for streaming this or that my bandwidth is too slow for any of that so having a gold account isn't very high on my fun list.

nicksetzer11138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

@optimus "i calculated the times that i actually play online games thoughout the year and it was in the single's not fun playing with strangers. "

So ... you weren't going to play the coop anyway then, according to your extemely flimsy logic. So why are you whining.

GameDev11138d ago

Are you saying it is necessary to have gold if you have an XB1??

I mean I would be one of those people who wouldnt be able to afford Gold on a consistent basis

gangsta_red1138d ago


"I mean I would be one of those people who wouldnt be able to afford Gold on a consistent basis"

You can't consistently afford 50 to 60 bux a year? And that is being gracious since there are always deals for Gold that cost 35 to 45 dollars.

GameDev11138d ago


No not really, especially when I have other services to pay for

If I am not playing multiplayer games everytime it can be a bit of weight on my pay check, same goes for PS PLUS

optimus1138d ago

@nick... Who's whining? Your utter ignorance assumes everyone with an xbox should and would have a gold account. I simply stated why it wasn't necessary for me... I never complained about not having co-op because you're right i had no intention of playing it cause when it existed in the previous games and when i did have a gold account, i barely played that with it.

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callahan091138d ago

What a stupid decision from Microsoft, in my opinion. You get a lot of positive publicity and word of mouth by announcing something fan/consumer friendly and unexpected like this, then you go and destroy it by taking it away? Take the infinitesimally small hit to your bottom line and just ROLL WITH IT. How is it worth it to destroy good publicity and replace it with bad publicity? Even though it wasn't the original plan and the announcement was a mistake, just rolling with it would have been to your benefit vs coming out and recanting it, in my opinion.

4Sh0w1138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

Agreed, I mean how much money would they actually lose anyway when 95% of the fans interested in Halo5 either already have a Gold account or will be getting one when they buy Halo5/XB1.

-Foxtrot1138d ago

Long as there is spilt screen I'll be fine

Volkama1138d ago

I have news that will shock you!

-Foxtrot1138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

Urm...Go on...


-Foxtrot1138d ago


When the hell did that happen


Me and my friends used to always do this together when they came around to mine or I went round to theirs. It was a blast

Jesus :|

Halo2ODST21138d ago

It better have splitscreen! that's part of halo.

coreyweb1138d ago

split screen IS halo. It was THE game you just have a bunch of guests over and play online with.

If that's gone I will be SEVERELY disappointed.

hello121138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

Do you not know the difference there is no splitscreen.

Co-op is there between two people who own an xbox one and want to play together.

Crying over Splitscreen its 2015 gamers!

-Foxtrot1138d ago

Crying over spilt screen? Really?

Some people still have friends who come over to play. God knows how you played games with people years ago

4Sh0w1138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

"Some people still have friends who come over to play."

Play what other games? Minecraft? or Borderlands? Im just curious???..because I cant think of many if any AAA games people are playing these days with split screen and until now I read comments on n4g for basically every well known game coming out this gen going back to COD Ghosts, KZ SF to now with games in other genres like Witcher3 and upcoming Batman AK and CHECK PAST COMMENTS cause I dont recall much complaining about friends cant come over and play split screen. Nope all we ever hear is "1080p 60fps". I get Halo is one of the few that has always had it before, but times are changing, its nice but not a neccessity given how connected the online landscape has become. If Im wrong then you would think if its such a big deal in 2013-2015 gamers would have been screaming from the rooftops "Damm what about when my friends come over?" hmmmm.

Its 2015 local co op has less oof a draw too the masses today because of how we can game so easily online and although YES I will miss local co op to play with my daughter or the occasional house guest like some others will too, lets not kid ourselves the overwhelming vast majority of Halo5 gamers who put 500+ hrs easily will be online whether local co op existed or not. 343 understands this and the fact that 60fps improves the actual fundamental gameplay vs a optional feature that the majority wont play very much, if at all makes prioritizing the best possible gameplay experience with the inclusion of a online co op in *2015 the much better route.

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Tedakin1138d ago

Splitscreen IS Halo, blah blah blah. Live in the now.

PlayableGamez1138d ago

Lame dude. I cannot believe they didn't go through with this. And they actually should since there is no split screen co-op. I don't understand why Microsoft can't make this one exception. It's not going to hurt their Xbox Live Gold sales if they make one game mode Silver compatible and plus it would make Halo 5 more marketable. So it's a win win situation for MS and the consumer.

I am hoping they don't change the 15 free DLC maps.

urwifeminder1138d ago

Split screen whinge ha ha nice one wow some of you guys must have trouble going to the toilet so many variable's brings you to your knees lmao. I am not using liquid soap what ever happened to a bar of soap this paper is rough I must get a petition going.

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