Those looking forward to creating their own multiplayer maps in Halo 5: Guardians got their first look Monday. 343 Industries provided IGN a first look at a pair of Forge created maps for the Xbox One shooter. While we don’t get to see the actual creation tools, we get to the results and can vote on which will appear in the third week of the Halo 5 beta.
The two new maps are titled “Pegasus” and “Orion.” The former appears to be set on a snowy mountainside while the latter has a more desert like setting to it, though mountains are visible in the skybox. Both were created using the Forge tools currently available in Halo 5, and the generic objects used to build the maps are readily apparent. Halo 5 is still a year away, so there’s plenty left to be polished.
Players can try out one of the two maps by voting on which will appear in the third week of the Halo 5 beta.
“Beginning January 6, fans will be able to vote for Pegasus or Orion, and the winning forged map will be available to play during week three of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta,” 343 Industries announced. “Head over to the Halo Channel on your Xbox One or Windows 8.1 device and view tomorrow’s episode of the Bulletin to cast your vote!”
Studio Head Josh Holmes did not go into specific on what is changing with the Forge tools for Halo 5. However, he was able to provide a general idea of what is being updated.
“We have made a number of improvements to usability as well as providing multiple palettes, terrain sheets, and lighting set-ups for Forgers to build with,” he told IGN.
Holmes said to expect a “handful” of Forge created maps from 343 Industries when Halo 5 launches for the Xbox One this fall. “We’re most excited to see what the community is able to create when they get their hands on Forge,” he added.
The “Truth” map, and its remix “Regret,” currently available in the Halo 5 beta, are remakes of the “Midship” map from Halo 2. It seems likely that we will see a couple of more remakes for Halo 5, but Holmes says otherwise.
“We have no plans to remake any other classic Halo maps at this time,” he explained. “Though we are continually inspired by the legacy of great maps that have appeared thoughout franchise history.”
The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta will be available on the Xbox One through January 18. Holmes stated that 343 Industries does not have plans for any additional public betas before the game launches.
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