Anvil’s Legacy launches for Halo 5: Guardians


Anvil’s Legacy is the ninth major update for Halo 5, and it’s just released. Its launch coincides with the releases of both Halo 5: Forge and the official Halo app. It’s got some pretty huge changes in it, and brings in the much requested Forge content browser. The major changes are listed below.

  • Content Browser that Spans Platforms. The Anvil’s Legacy content release brings the highly anticipated content browser to Forge mode in Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One – a new, streamlined way to discover community-created Forge content, with support for custom maps, game modes and Forge Object Groups. Combined with Halo 5: Forge on Windows 10 PC, the new content browser will let users browse, access and enjoy content from both PC and console Forgers, regardless of which system it was originally created on.
  • New Arena and Warzone Maps – Mercy and Temple. With the addition of “Mercy”, a new battleground is open for competitive Arena players, while “Temple” brings the desert environment of Sanghelios to Warzone Assault modes.
  • New Weapons, REQs, Customization Options and More. Anvil’s Legacy brings several new desirable REQ items including three new weapons, new Sound Dampener attachments, weapon and armor skins, and more.

According to Josh Holmes, the studio head of game development at 343 Industries, the improvements to Forge were brought about by working with the community.

The Forge toolset we released for Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One is the most capable yet and since its release this past December, we’ve continued to update Forge with new content and expanded functionality. In doing so, we’ve worked closely with community Forgers, taking their input and feedback with the goal of providing the most robust suite of creation tools possible for Halo.

Anvil’s Legacy is a pretty huge update, and even if you don’t plan on using Forge, there’s still something to look forward to. New maps are always nice, and some of the new REQ items, like the Hunters’ arms, are going to be fun to use. However, the best thing to be announced alongside Anvil’s Legacy is something intended for a future update.

In a future update for both PC and console, we will be expanding the existing Content Browser to allow players to search for and join custom games in progress

This is another thing that’s been requested for a while, and it’s nice to see 343 listening to the fans.

While the content browser is likely what most people will be looking forward to, we’re particularly looking forward to playing on Mercy again. What about you? Let us know in the comments below!

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