After some backlash to the announcement that the Halo 5: Guardians Collector’s Edition would only come with a digital copy of the game, 343 Industries posted on the Halo Waypoint blog that those who wish to can exchange their digital copy for a physical one at no extra charge. Next up, 343i is currently wrapping up work on an Action Sack playlist, which will presumably replace Team Snipers in Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s multiplayer playlists.
The developer goes on to comment on the fan love it received at San Diego Comic Con and the large amount of Halo cosplayers present. They then delved into the creation of Raid on Apex 7, the largest Warzone map that will be in Halo 5: Guardians. The map is heavily inspired by The Silent Cartographer level from the original Halo: Combat Evolved. Each team’s home base faces away from each other, big team battle vehicle combat also helped inspire the layout, AI bosses are hidden away for players to find, and a massive Forerunner landmark is the central base, aka main arena of battle for the map.
Lastly the team gave an update for their presence as Gamescom. Microsoft will be hosting a Gamescom Invitational by ESL on August 7, 2015 on the Gamescom show floor. The tournament will include four teams, taking place in 4v4 matches. The teams are: Epsilon Esports (EU), Supremacy (EU), CAZ.Esports (EU), and OpTic Gaming (NA). You will be able to view the tournament on Twitch.tv/Halo. You can see some of the developmental images for Raid on Apex 7 below.