Microsoft shows off multiplayer gameplay footage from 'Halo 5: Guardians'

Microsoft packed a lot of exciting news into its E3 keynote today, from the ability to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One, to a new controller for 'hardcore gamers'. A big announcement on the gaming front was that the first beta of Tom Clancy's The Division will finally launch in December, exclusively on the Xbox One.

But there was an even bigger reveal in the keynote, with the first gameplay footage of a new multiplayer mode in the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians.

In one demo, Microsoft's 343 Studios showed off the new Warzone in the game. The company says that "this all new multiplayer mode is a brand-new multiplayer experience more ambitious than anything ever introduced in Halo, combining the best elements of Halo gameplay into one, gigantic multiplayer mode."

The maps are more than four times larger than previous multiplayer offerings in Halo, and offer combat with up to 24 players taking part.

In another demo, Microsoft revealed in-game footage showing gameplay in four-player co-operative campaign mode. The company says that "the campaign in Halo 5: Guardians will feature seamless drop-in/out online cooperative gameplay on dedicated services, enormous complex levels to support more enemies and bigger firefights".

Halo 5: Guardians officially launches on October 27, but you can pre-order the new game now, in various retail packages including the $249.99 Limited Collector's Edition.

This article was updated after publishing to make it clear that this is the first gameplay footage of certain gameplay modes, but not the first gameplay footage overall.

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