Halo 5 New Warzone Map Is Biggest Ever, Inspired By Original Halo

Raid on Apex 7 is a spiritual successor to Halo: Combat Evolve's The Silent Cartographer

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Today on the first day of Comic-Con, just as Microsoft said it would, the company announced a new Warzone multiplayer map for Halo 5: Guardians. It's called Raid on Apex 7, and it's the biggest ever Warzone map revealed so far. That's saying something, too, since the 12v12 Warzone itself is the largest mode in Halo multiplayer history; its maps are four times the size of anything seen in the franchise before.

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Microsoft revealed the map in somewhat of a peculiar manner: through a Mega Bloks model. No, really.

Check out some images of the map below, which is made up of more than 89,500 blocks and weighs a half-ton. Two master builders spent 16 weeks putting it together--and it looks darn impressive (watch a video below for a closer look). The 6' x 6' model also sports working, interactive LED lights.

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As for the map itself, Raid on Apex 7 is a spiritual success to the Halo: Combat Evolved mission, "The Silent Cartographer." Here's how it will play, according to Microsoft's official description.

"Clearing out the initial Covenant threats and controlling the Forerunner Spire in the center of the island is paramount to a team's success and provides a central base of operations. If your team loses the Spire, don’t despair; players can use a system of caves or taketo the beach to flank the base. Beware of the Covenant though, for they will not let you take this islandso easily. They will counterattack and fight to retake their territory. Continue the push for control of the island and take out the opposition's core… before you awaken something much worse."

For more on Raid on Apex 7, check out a video and some concept art in the gallery below.

The Halo 5 release date is locked in for October 27 on Xbox One. Comic-Con attendees this week can visit the Xbox booth on the show floor to play Warzone; it's the first time the mode will be available to the public. For more on Warzone, be sure to read GameSpot's in-depth hands-on preview from E3 2015.

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Okay, I love legos, ever since I was a little kid. And I'm not gonna lie, that is a totally awesome model, and I am very impressed.
But who exactly decided to spend all this time and money in building a brick model instead of actually showing the map, or a little bit of gameplay footage? That's a lot of resources that could have gone into polishing the ACTUAL GAME, or for that matter, fixing bugs in Halo 4 that they still haven't taken care of yet.

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@Marscaleb: a lot of resources? They partnered with another company that did it lol. It's not like devs were in there building a lego map. That said, it's a pretty stupid way to debut a map imo. I'd rather just see a gameplay video instead

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meh, I was always a bigger fan of K'nex

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This game looks sweet. Can't believe there's no split screen though. An absolute crime.

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Map reveal: Mega Bloks and concept art.

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Bungie shoudnt give up halo.

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inspired by Bungie :)

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Was really hoping to see actual gameplay of the map or some video of it not the making of the blocks. Ah well, it sounds like it'll be fun. Hopefully the video of actual gameplay will show up soon.

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Soooo, there is going to be a Lego Halo? OK, why not.

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@rob9999991: I'm pretty sure I saw off brand Halo legos at Walmart a couple years ago

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@dr_walrus: which is Mega Bloks. Think Mega Bloks has the rights to make Halo stuff.

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this game gonna be awesome

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I was kinda hoping to see the map, not some concept art and mega blocks...

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in october we shall see what became of halo

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Those do not look like Mega blocks , they look like Lego's . Lego's are for building things, Mega blocks are for small children!

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@Jmuper: those are Mega Bloks in the pic, not legos....Mega Bloks has the halo licensing....and any lego collector could tell those are not Lego colors...

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You'd think they'd have chosen a subtitle for the game that didn't skew so closely to a major term in Destiny.

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@tom_cat_01: Haha Destiny 2 is Halo 10. Halo 10 is Destiny 2. It's all coming together.

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@Tinkyty: Half-Life 3 and Cleganebowl confirmed. What is Hype may never die.

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FYI, when the pc version of halo was released a few years ago... there were a couple mods that allowed more than 16 people in a game. To say the least, 16v16 sucks on just about any map in CE. However, the nature of the new maps in halo 5 (might wanna look up warzone gameplay for reference, it's out there) means that the maps are large enough to support 32 people and usually have waves of enemies either drop in or spawn, with enemies that actually give players a challenge. It is very beautiful. The video was epic, in my opinion, but some gameplay video action would give viewers a better idea of its functionality.

Seriously, look up the gameplay- and the campaign sampler... they will show you just how badass Halo 5 will feel.

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Kazuma Jinnouchi's soundtrack for Halo 5 will rape the face of God

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Looks great.

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Bigger is not better. Since when have the big maps been anybody's favorites? The best Halo maps are Lockout, Guardian, Ascension, Midship, etc

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@realguitarhero5: This is a big team playlist. You want 24 players and AI on Lockout? Wake up.

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@CallMeDuraSouka: Are you serious? Sony fans are the worst of the bunch.

Do you know who's the fanbase that makes the most petition for gameports? Portbeg.
Vince Zampella, got threatened by ponies due to Titanfall exclusivity.

Neogaf is full of rabid ponies. Eurogamer, Gamespot, etc...

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@7tizz: got to admit I also think titanfall was the best online fps experience I have ever had. I think that will change with halo 5 warzones though

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@7tizz: Shots fired!!

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Looks sweet! Halo continues to shine.

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this seems like its going to be an awesome mode and game map. I am curious though, if this map is supposed to be so large, why is it only 12v12. That seems kind of like a small number of players per game to me. This is especially true when you're comparing to say Battlefield 4 whom has smaller maps and can play up to 32v32 players in one match. I would like this if it stuck to its name "Warzone". I'm imagining 32v32 player games where you can have multiple tanks and vehicles. tons of upgrades and what not. That is what I would call Warzone

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@nckreuz: I kind of wish it had more people as well, but you also have to factor in AI. There's no telling how many AI will be on the map at any given time, and this may scale depending on the map.

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Ok Halo 5.. now you have my attention. I really hope this is good. H4 was crap. I need a reason to buy an Xbox One. Otherwise I'll just stick to my PC and PS4.

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I'd say it's more of a "spiritual successor" to Death Island on Halo: CE for PC. Death Island is clearly based on The Silent Cartographer as well, but don't discredit those awesome, older maps!

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This makes me want to buy another console just for couch co-op. not exactly cost effective..