343 Industries revealed that Halo 5: Guardians will launch on Xbox One with over 20 multiplayer maps, but players can expect more maps to be available after the game's release. According to the producer, over 15 additional maps will be available as free DLC by June 2016.
Creative director Josh Holmes told Game Informer that they want to keep the player base united, something that wouldn't be achieved if the DLC maps weren't free of charge. "When you have paid map packs and content, you divide the player base into two groups: the haves and the have-nots," Holmes said.
"The people that have the map pack can play together but the people who don't cannot. That to us is a real problem. So we're delivering all the maps to all players free so everybody will be able to play together. That, we feel, is really important to having a great multiplayer ecosystem."
Game Informer also got the chance to play the game and revealed a few interesting details about it. According to the magazine, players won't need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play the game's online cooperative mode. However, the bad news is that, unlike previous games in the series, Halo 5 won't feature local split-screen.
Regarding the game's story, Master Chief won't be alone is his mission, as he will be accompanied by Blue Team's Linda, Fred and Kelly. The team will appear in cutscenes and take your orders in single-player. In cooperative mode players will have the option to control these characters, with each character having its own abilities and weapons. Spartan Jameson Locke will also have its own team, Fireteam Osiris, which will help him to track down Master Chief and Blue Team.
Halo 5: Guardians will launch worldwide on the 27th of October.
Source: Game Informer