343 Industries are breaking in the new year (better late than never) with their second Halo 5: Guardians DLC pack completely free of charge, as promised of course. They’re calling the pack “Infinity’s Armory” after the UNSC Infinity is the largest and most powerful vessel designed by the UNSC. The pack contains new maps, new weapons & skins, new assassinations and new armor to help expand the ever-growing world of Halo 5: Guardians, let’s take a closer look.
First up, we have an all new arena map “Riptide”:
“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 to 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.”
Accompanied by “Urban”, another new map to be added to the Warzone playlist:
“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.”
In terms of weaponry fans can expect to be returned to where Halo’s multiplayer all began with an all new Battle Rifle variation ripped straight from Halo 2: “This Legendary weapon first made its appearance in Halo 2 and has now returned in Halo 5: Guardians 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 and take their nostalgia to the next level.”
Additional Carbine Requisitions are also being added with the Infinity’s Armory DLC one of which is modeled after the popular “Needle Rifle” from Halo: Reach, with successful rapid fire shots generating the famous “Super Combine” explosion any Needler fan will recognize.
In terms of armor 343 Industries are introducing the “Achilles” armor set, this can be acquired through reaching level 3 with all commendations, so if you see an opponent wearing this set, it’s probably best to run the other way. Other additions to the game come in the form of new weapon skins and assassination animations all of which are featured on the trailer we’ve shared back on the Facebook page. Unfortunately no release date for the DLC has been given, until then we’ll just have to keep watching that utterly fantastic trailer on loop and dream.
[Source: Halo Waypoint]