Halo 5: Guardians has gone gold according to developer 343 Industries. This means that principle work on the game has been completed, and the final code is being pressed to discs at this time. With a release date of October 27th, this gives the team ample time to work on a possible Day 1 update, and any follow up patches.
“Today I’m excited to announce that Halo 5: Guardians has officially gone gold,” read the announcement from 343. “This is the culmination of an incredible three-year journey for our team. Together we set out to accomplish an ambitious vision and deliver a Halo game built from the ground up for the Xbox One. Now as we near the release of the game on October 27, we couldn’t be more excited to share the results with you, the fans.”
Just because the game is technically finished, doesn’t mean the developer’s work is over. There are the aforementioned patches that they are likely working on, with 343 explaining a couple that should hit prior to the game.
“We will have a multiplayer content update, prior to launch, that will supplement the online multiplayer goodness with map content for Arena Multiplayer and our all new massive-scale 12v12 Warzone Multiplayer. Make sure you have the Power Setting for your Xbox One set to “Instant On” so that you’ll automatically download the online multiplayer update prior to October 27th and be ready on launch day. Those that buy a physical copy will download the online multiplayer update automatically after you install the game on your Xbox One.”
Following the official release, 343 has huge plans for Halo 5: Guardians, saying “Of course launch is just the beginning. Our dedicated live team will be focused on supporting the game with monthly releases of new content and experiences… such as new REQ content and more than 18 free multiplayer maps.”
Halo 5: Guardians hits Xbox One on October 27th.