Five reasons we’re excited for Forge in Halo 5 | Arriving this week
Forge is the in-game map editor that made its debut in Halo 3 and subsequently graced Halo: Reach, Halo4 and Halo 2 Anniversary Edition as part of the Master Chief Collection. In the December update – The Cartographer’s Gift – a more powerful Forge makes its triumphant return to Halo 5: Guardians. Here are five reasons we’re excited to see Forge back.
Everyone knows that there are some incredible Minecraft creations out there: from Westeros to the Starship Enterprise, some of the most iconic pop culture references have been recreated in blocky form. Some Forge creations are just as amazing. Everything from towering Spartan statues to (topically relevant) Star Wars AT-ATs have been build by Forge enthusiasts.
Everyone has a favourite Halo map, and until the Master Chief Collection came along, the only way to get many of your favourite Halo 1 and 2 maps into the later Halos was to build – or download – a Forge version. (Some folks would say this remained the case for several months after MCC, but that’s a whole different article!) Not content with limiting themselves to Halo, though, some creators tackled iconic maps from other series, for example Call of Duty. With, it has to be said, varying degrees of success!
Forge remake of CoD’s Nuketown. With thanks to former Forge community member Dig3st3dy0mama
With Forge in Halo 5, developer 343 Industries has promised that this iteration will be the greatest yet – harnessing the power of the Xbox One. Forge has been rebuilt from the ground up for Halo 5: Guardians, giving more power and control to the Forge community than ever before. Groups can be created dynamically with a single button press, and Forgers can select and manipulate up to 64 individual objects at one time (more if combined with Groups).
Don’t take our word for it: check out the video below (Episode 4 of Season 3 of ‘The Sprint’ – the making of documentary series for Halo 5: Guardians).
Big Team Battle
Big Team Battle is a favourite mode for many Halo veterans, bringing vehicular mayhem across larger maps for up to 16 players. So confident are 343i that this is the most powerful forge yet, ALL of the Big Team Battle maps that will appear in Halo 5 will be built using Forge. It’s just possible that without Forge this fan-favourite mode may not have made an appearance at all!
Whales and Pigs
Forge will include over 1,700 separate objects from which you can build your creations – the biggest ever library of parts from which Forgers will no doubt create some amazing maps, buildings and sculptures. Quite what the community will do to Timmy the Whale and Olive the Pig, though… we’re almost too afraid to speculate!
You can read up on their adorable back stories over on Halowaypoint.com.
There you have it – five reasons we’re excited by Forge. Forge arrives with The Cartographer’s Gift this week – the smart money is midnight Pacific Time Wednesday, so that’s 08.00 am Wednesday morning for the UK.
— Halo (@Halo) December 14, 2015
What are you most looking forward to building when Forge hits for all users later this month? Why not let us know in the comments?
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