Halo 5 goes in to Overtime

Halo 5 is getting new content in the form of Overtime. The overtime update, adds new exciting additions to the already fantastic Halo 5 experience. 4K visual enhancements, which are designed to take full advantage of the new Xbox One X, to the return of a fan favourite of the series that’s been missing, Oddball’s back and better than before

The new overtime content release, ushers in new weapon skins that help celebrate the Halo World Championship and the top HCS esports teams, the highly anticipated brand-new Local server multiplayer feature, and more.

Enhanced for Xbox One X

Halo 5 looks and plays better than ever on Xbox One X! Experience the game like never before with unmatched clarity, richness, and detail in 4K Ultra HD on a compatible display. Xbox One X also delivers the best Halo 5 gameplay experience with crisp, smooth control, and consistent visual feedback at a steady 60 FPS.

With eleven free content releases since launch, enjoy the deepest, most feature-packed Halo game yet and jump into the action faster than ever before with the shorter load times offered by Xbox One X.


The Oddball you know and love is officially back in Halo 5 as a full-fledged game mode complete with new medals, announcer voice-overs, and best of all – the skull! New custom game options for Oddball modes are also available with settings such as “ball type,” “ball explosion damage,” “score per kill while carrying,” and “ball carrier melee damage modifier” to play the way you want. Jump in and have a ball in the new matchmaking playlist featuring 4v4 Oddball on Truth, Plaza, Eden, Empire, Mercy, and Overgrowth.

Local Server

Halo 5: Guardians Local Server provides a new way to create, host and play custom multiplayer games on Xbox One via a local network. Using this simple application, players can host a local server on a Windows 10 PC connected to the same network as Xbox One consoles for low-latency Halo 5 multiplayer matches. Using this tool, you can create a local server similar to those used for the Halo Championship Series and Halo World Championship esports events, providing an ideal proving ground for everything from professional and amateur competitive teams to friendly tournaments. Additionally, all players can use this app to host their own custom matches, including custom game types and community maps created using the in-game Forge mode.

New Commendations

The Overtime content release includes new Commendations for REQ select weapons, vehicles, and bosses introduced in Halo 5 over our past several updates. New Commendations include:
Brute Plasma Rifle
Sentinel Beam
Gravity Hammer
Reach Grenade Launcher
Wasp Destroyer
Wasp Gunner
Grunt Mech Slayer

Weapon Tuning

With this latest update, a number of weapons across Halo 5 are being updated and tuned to re-vitalize and re-balance the Halo 5 sandbox. These changes are intended to help strengthen and re-establish the unique role of each weapon and reduce redundancy across the sandbox. In total, 14 different weapons have been adjusted, and these changes will be applied to every mode in Halo 5 – Arena multiplayer, Warzone, and Campaign. These changes are the result of a month long public tuning test and continued iteration based on game data and player feedback.

HCS Skin: Luminosity

Luminosity Gaming were founded in 2015 and have quickly solidified themselves as one of the preeminent team organizations in the world. Since breaking out in the Halo scene, Luminosity have fielded a top Halo team in each season and even placed in the Top 6 at the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals. Luminosity have their eyes set on the next Halo World Championship and with rising stars Tripppey and Saiyan, they’re poised to take it to the next level.
The Luminosity Gaming REQ Pack will be available on November 7, 2017.

HCS Skin: Str8 Rippin’

Dating back to 2005, Str8 Rippin are one of the most well-known and historic team organizations in Halo esports. The team is no stranger to success, with major events wins across multiple Halo titles. At the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals, Str8 finished in fourth place and are looking to climb even higher in 2018. Starting November 21st, players can don the white, blue, and black of Str8 Rippin to support their favorite Halo esports team.

HCS Skin: Splyce

Splyce broke out into the Halo esports scene at the beginning of 2017 and have already left their mark on the sport. With an HCS title already under their belt, Splyce now have championship wins across multiple esports. A fan favorite, the Splyce brand is also one of the most recognizable in all esports across the world. For 2018, they’re looking to improve on their performance at Dreamhack Denver and perhaps even snatch a Halo World Championship win. You can go #OnTheHunt by picking up the Splyce REQ Pack on December 5.

USA – HaloWC 2018 Skin

Home soil for the Halo Championship Series, and birthplace of the franchise itself, the United States will be home to two events on the road to the Halo World Championship 2018. North America – and the US in particular – has essentially dominated the competitive Halo scene for a decade and a half, but with the gap finally beginning to close a bit, these teams will have to bring their best to stay on top of the world in 2018. The US Flag Skin REQ Pack will be available when the road to the Halo World Championship 2018 arrives in North America.

Canada – HaloWC 2018 Skin

Canada has produced some of North America’s top Halo esports talent, and nowhere was that on display more than at the HCS Fall 2017 Finals. On the 4v4 side, you’ve got Royal 1 and Royal 2, who as both a coach and player respectively, have helped anchor the juggernaut OpTic Gaming in their incredible run over the past few years. On the lone wolf side of the equation, Canadian Druk844 took home the FFA crown at DreamHack Denver, taking down over 200 other competitors en route to victory.
The Canada Flag Skin REQ Pack will be available when the road to the Halo World Championship 2018 arrives in North America.

Mexico – HaloWC 2018 Skin

The Latin America region is no stranger to a love for Halo, with Mexico in particular maintaining a tenacious – and rapidly growing – competitive community. Last year’s HaloWC stop showcased some serious talent, with Shock The World taking a first place prize. Perhaps the most recent hero from this team is Tapping Buttons, who burst onto the stage in Halo 5 and was recruited as the first non-North American player to compete in the HCS Pro League. The Mexico Flag Skin REQ Pack will be available when the road to the Halo World Championship 2018 arrives in Latin America.

UK – HaloWC 2018 Skin

The United Kingdom is home to a talented and tenacious competitive Halo community, with a number of players and teams rising to prominence over the years. On the world stage however, they’ve always seemed to play a second-fiddle role to North America, often struggling to crack the Top 8 at any international event. That all changed when Jimbo led Team Infused on a brilliant run at the HCS Fall 2017 Finals in Denver to become the first European team to ever place in the Top 6 during an open intercontinental event. Jimbo, along with other UK players like Riotz, Ramirez, and the Buk twins look to lead their region to even greater heights when the Halo World Championship 2018 gets underway.
The UK Flag Skin REQ Pack will be available when the road to the Halo World Championship 2018 arrives in Europe.

Australia – HaloWC 2018 Skin

The Australia region maintains an incredibly passionate Halo fanbase, with top teams and players always eager to showcase their talents on a larger stage. For the Halo World Championship 2018, we’re excited to be back in the region with an open event, letting the continent’s best battle it out for the opportunity to represent their nations and organizations on the world stage.
The Australia Flag Skin REQ Pack will be available when the road to the Halo World Championship 2018 arrives in Oceania.

MSFT Store Tournament Skin

Beginning in January, all participants in the 2018 Microsoft Store Halo 5 tournament series will receive an awesome new BR85 Battle Rifle skin, letting players show off their support of competitive Halo in-game for all to see. Participating in these MS Store tournaments is the only way to get this weapon skin, so you’ll be part of a truly select group of passionate fans.

With tournaments in all 83 MS Store locations, and a variety of team sizes on tap, make sure you check with your local MS Store for availability and info on upcoming competitions!