When I think about just how broad Halo 5: Guardians is as a service, and how generous 343 Industries is with it downloadable content, I almost feel a little sad that Halo 5 hasn't quite broken through in the way it probably deserved to.
Today the team has released Ghosts of Meridian, a new content pack which features a bunch of stuff including weapons, skins, new vehicles and new maps.
It's almost... weird. We're not used to getting this stuff for free.
343 Industries really has been doing a stellar job of supporting Halo 5. A lot of that content is stuff that you might expect to see in a Halo game at launch (like Forge mode for example) but when you consider just how extensive the Halo offering has become, it's completely understandable.
There's the single player campaign, there's the arena mode, there's the new Warzone stuff, there's Forge, there's Firefright.
It's all pretty crazy.
But despite the fact that Halo 5: Guardians — according to Microsoft — had the biggest launch of any Halo game ever, it's pretty clear that the Halo brand has lost a lot of cultural capital. As a fan of the series, and a fan of what 343 has done with Halo 5, that's a bit of a shame.
Still, it's cool to see that the game is still being supported in this way.
Oh and by the way — Infection is coming back to Halo.