Get ready to tear down those Falcon posters, because there’s a new sheriff in town – Halo 5: Guardians is getting a UNSC aerial vehicle at last!
Enter the UNSC AV-49 Wasp.
Speaking with Polygon, systems designer Tim Temmerman said:
“In fiction, the AV-49 Wasp supplements existing stocks of AV-14 Hornet and AV-22 Sparrowhawk aircraft in UNSC Marine service. It is a close air support VTOL armed with heavy machine guns and twin rocket launchers.
In-game, players will want to use it as a quick-strike vehicle, flying in low for a kill and bugging out quick to allow the shields to recharge. The armor on the Wasp is light in order to keep it aloft, so the recharging shield provides the moderate protection needed to re-engage at a later time. The key is to keep moving, drop in low to maximize weapon effectiveness, and steer clear of vehicles with heavy weapons.”
The Wasp will be available for use in Warzone via the REQ system and will also be droppable in Forge!
In addition to a new player vehicle, we have a brand new enemy vehicle/boss coming to Warzone – the Grunt Goblin, a large (by grunt standards) mech piloted by an Elite Grunt.
343 Industries character designer Steve Dyck explains to Polygon:
“There are two variants of the Grunt Goblin with different capabilities…
…Essentially, the backstory of this battle suit is it was built by Grunts for Grunts in what the Grunt designers agreed was the perfect embodiment of agility and lethality. Obviously when you have a Grunt driver or ‘jockey’ controlling this powerful battle suit, results may be unpredictable.”
Writer Nick Ardizzone follows:
“We really wanted to make the Goblin jockeys fun, memorable enemies to fight. We made sure to give them lines that show for all the time they spent learning to pilot their Goblins, they spent at just as much honing their cutting insults (‘You’re real bad at fightin’!’) and terrifying threats (‘Gonna smash all your important parts!’).”
Goblins are reportedly equipped with a double-barreled heavy needler, which is a major threat to vehicles. Goblins are also able to perform a “needle barrage”, a multiple-launch system that can target up to eight players at the same time but can be disabled by destroying the Goblin’s backpack. The Goblin can then fall back on its grenade launcher if necessary, which will apparently be more powerful on the Mythic variant. As if this weren’t threatening enough, the Grunt Goblin is also immune to EMP effects and cannot be boarded – yikes!
Both of these additions and more will be available in the Warzone Firefight update coming for free to Halo 5: Guardians later this month!
Which of these are you more excited for? Why?
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