Infinity's Armory, the first Halo 5: Guardians update of 2016, is scheduled to arrive next week. While 343 Industries briefly touched upon the contents of the update — which includes new battlegrounds, weapons, and armor sets — today we get a trailer that showcases all of the new content.
Over on Halo Waypoint, we also got a more detailed description of the two new maps, Riptide (new Arena Map) and Urban (new Warzone Assault Map).
"The Created have wasted no time in extending their influence across inhabited worlds, burrowing into Forerunner machinery and UNSC information systems to turn terraforming equipment and world engines to their own grand designs. Unbound by the limited foresight of mortals, the agents of Cortana can reshape worlds into verdant gardens teeming with life after only a few decades of manipulation, but at much short-term cost. Scarred by wars both ancient and new, the Created have judged this planet to be in need of significant remediation and remodeling; shifting continents and oceans after the AI constructs carefully balanced the drawbacks and benefits of both limited extinction events and damage to the existing colonial infrastructure.
Players will need to quickly learn the winding routes of steel and sand to excel in the weathered structures of Riptide. By controlling the top catwalks, Spartans can analyze, pinpoint, and track down the enemy’s location."
"In the aftermath of the Human-Covenant War, the underlying fractures in humanity that had precipitated the Insurrection once more became apparent. A dynamic combination of social engagement, reconstruction, and security operations was embarked on by the UNSC to disrupt nascent rebel movements, contain extremist politicians, and deny the Insurrection freedom of maneuver. The most difficult of these missions took place in the sprawling and densely populated urban metroplexes of worlds such as Andesia.
Urban is one of Warzone Assault’s open maps with many sightlines. The Armory is a hard base to fight over due it being on top of the grassy hill. Get some good sharpshooters on the overpasses to get some height to help control the fight."
Additionally, the update will see the return of Halo 2's Battle Rifle, as a Mythic loadout weapon REQ to deploy in Warzone. The Halo 2 Battle Rifle is also unlocked in Forge for those who want to recreate Halo 2 maps.
There's also two new Carbine REQs: Rain of Oblivion (Uncommon), an upgraded Carbine with fully automatic action and extended magazine; and Blood of Suban (Rare), an advanced Carbine that fires armor-piercing Needler shards that will create a "supercombine" explosion if they quickly strike a target.
And, of course, there's the three new armor sets (Atlas, Achilles, and Mark V Alpha), new assassination animations, and new weapon skins. All of this is previewed over on Halo Waypoint, but check out the trailer above to see it in action.
Halo 5: Infinity's Armory is scheduled to release next week.