With only a few days left before the official Oct. 27 release date of Halo 5: Guardians, game publisher Developer 343 Industries has unveiled matchmaking playlists and public API to assist the Halo community in developing its own websites and apps to track multiplayer performance.
The API will allow anyone to take player stats from the game, create new websites and apps, and grow communities around these new experiences, said the Halo API Program.
The website said, "Here on Halo Waypoint and Halo Channel, we'll support a fully-featured stats experience for Halo 5, but giving the community the ability to compile stats will allow developers to craft their own statistical story and experiences. The Halo API program is currently in private beta, and we're working with both professional and community organizations including ESL, MLG, Halo Charts, Halo Tracker, and more so that they can hit the ground running when Halo 5 launches later this month. Additionally, this allows us to ensure public access will be ready to launch around the same time frame that Halo 5 releases."
The Halo 5 Guardians multiplayer includes a new multiplayer mode called Warzone that allows players to call in power weapons and vehicles as two teams comprised of 12 players fight against each other. The REQ system in Warzone can be used to "create a deep reward system for the game that allow players to collect items from a large pool of compelling content, delivered in a series of randomized packs," said another post on Halo Way Point.
An REQ (Requisition) is an unlockable item that comes in the form of weapons and armors, skins, assassination animations, and more.
At least nine playlists will be unveiled together with fan favorite SWAT and Slayer. These are supported with the new "Team Arena" and "Breakout" playlists for an improved gameplay. A "Free for All" solo challenge was inserted into the Halo 5: Guardians features while the "Weekend Social" playlist is based on a community vote of what to play.
In a separate report, IGN highlighted the complete Halo 5: Guardians playlists:
Warzone - Is a 24-player multiplayer on huge maps with AI adversaries that support theREQ Pack system. It includes "Escape from A.R.C. Warzone," "Raid on Apex 7 Warzone," and "March on Stormbreak."
Warzone Assault - Destroy the Power Core" or defend it in this asymmetrical Warzone mode variant with "Dispatch," "Arra," and "Summit" games.
Team Arena - Is a competitive five versus five multiplayer mode comprised of "Breakout," "Gambol Breakout," "Trident Slayer," "Coliseum Slayer," "Eden Slayer," "Plaza Slayer," "Empire Slayer," "The Rig CTF," "Coliseum CTF," "Truth CTF," "Fathom Strongholds," "The Rig Strongholds," "Eden Strongholds," and "Empire."
Slayer - In this playlist, you have to "Work with a team, vanquish your opponents" for "Coliseum," "Regret," "Plaza," and "The Rig."
Fathom Breakout is Halo 5's premiere high lethality single-life elimination mode which includes "Gambol," "Trident," "Crossfire," and "Altitude."
Free-for-All - There are no teams and it is everybody for themselves in games "Eden," "Regret," "The Rig," "Plaza," "Orion," and "Pegasus."
SWAT - Shields and motion tracker are removed and all players start with Battle Rifles for "Eden SWAT," "Regret SWAT," "The Rig SWAT," "Plaza SWAT," "Orion SWAT," and "Pegasus."
SWAT Magnums - This is the same as the original SWAT but instead of a Battle Rifle, Magnum handgun is the starting weapon for games "Eden SWATnums," "Regret SWATnums," "The Rig SWATnums," "Plaza SWATnums," "Orion SWATnums," and "Pegasus SWATnums."