Halo 5's massive Monitor's Bounty update is now rolling out

After plenty of teasing and feature previews, the gigantic Monitor's Bounty update is now rolling out to Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One and the Forge on Windows 10. Included in this update are an absolute ton of changes and new features to check out, ranging from Forge minigames and Warzone changes, to new REQs and playlists.

Halo 5 developer 343 Industries has posted the full list of changes in this update with a detailed changelog. While it's far too large to include all of the changes here, here are some of the highlights:

  • "Observer Mode" is now available to everyone
  • Players can now browse and join Custom Games in progress
  • Players can now gift REQ Packs to friends on Xbox Live
  • New Character: Beam Goblin
    • Grunts have retrofitted the most deadly Covenant weaponry onto a new variant of their Grunt Goblin mech chassis, with a Scarab Beam replacing the needler, Wraith mortar rounds for grenades and homing plasma balls replacing the needle barrage
  • Announcers can now be customized in Warzone, Firefight, and Arena
  • New Weapon Skins
  • New Stances and Assassinations
  • New scope: Morph Scope
  • New Weapons: Safeguard Sentinel Beam, Grenade Launcher, Pro Pipe
  • New Vehicles: Anti-Air Wraith, Oni Wasp, Hannibal Wasp
  • Minigames added to Game Variants
  • Super Fiesta updated with latest REQ weapons
  • New Firefight Map added - Prospect
  • New Firefight Map added - Temple
  • Added Heroic Version of Warzone Firefight
  • Added Mythic Version of Warzone Firefight
  • Added support for Mythic Warzone Firefight Game Variant and Weekend Hopper
    • Players can now browse and join Custom Games in progress
    • Added a 5k resolution option (5120 x 2880)
    • Added a Fullscreen toggle in the Settings Menu
    • Added the ability to render at resolutions higher than the native display resolution (for super-sampling)
    • Added a new list of selectable Gamertags to the Pause Menu
    • Added a new Minigame Game Variant
    • Created a playable version of the Tutorial Map (Test Site V)

On top of the above changes, there are a ton of new features, object and scripting tweaks now available for the Forge, making it easier to bring your creations to life. Keep in mind that this patch is a fairly large one, coming in at just over 7GB on Xbox One. You should be able to grab the update now, and you can check out the full list of bug fixes and tweaks in 343's full patch notes.

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