Free Halo 5: Guardians Update Adds Forge Mode, New Maps And More


The biggest content update for Halo 5: Guardians since its release back in October has hit Xbox One today, adding heaps of new features for players to get acquainted with. The headline part of the update for many will undoubtedly be 343 Industries’ new and improved Forge Mode, which the studio says has been “rebuilt from the ground up.”

The in-depth level creation tool will finally give players the ability to carve and sculpt their own arenas to share with friends and the internet alike. Besides that though, there’s a bunch of new weapons, armor sets and animations to try out.

Check out the full notes below for all the details.

Cartographer’s Gift, the latest free update for Halo 5: Guardians, is now available, adding new maps, weapons, armor sets, assassinations and the highly anticipated Forge mode to the game’s multiplayer experience.

A sample of the new content that fans can expect in the Cartographer’s Gift update includes:

  • Forge Mode – Forge has been rebuilt from the ground up for Halo 5: Guardians. Giving more power and control to the Forge community was the primary goal, and community feedback will continue to fuel the evolution of Forge.

  • New Weapons, Armor Sets and Assassinations – The classic M41 “SPNKr” Rocket Launcher, MARK IV [GEN 1] armor set and two new assassinations – “Nice Try” and “Oh Snap” – REQs have been added for you to collect for your arsenal.

  • New Warzone and Arena Maps – Four new maps – the Warzone map “The Battle of Noctus,” Arena map “Overgrowth,” and Big Team Battle maps “Antifreeze,” and “Entombed” – are now available in Halo 5: Guardians Cartographer’s Gift will automatically download and install for all Halo 5: Guardian players. For more details about all the new content included in the Cartographer’s Gift update, please visit Halo Waypoint.

Be sure to boot up your Xbox One and the update will automatically download and install for the game without you having to lift a finger or navigate a bunch of fiddly menus. And remember, the Cartographer’s Gift is the first of several map packs that 343 Industries are making available to owners of Halo 5: Guardians completely free of charge, so stay tuned for more!