Halo 5: Guardians will be released on October 27, but so far many details about Grifball in the new game are unknown. This includes clear details about when and how the Sport of the Future will be available.
Here is what we know so far:
1) 343 Industries loves Grifball. 343 Industries promoted Grifball to a standard gametype in Halo 4, included on the disc at launch. Since then, the company has supported Grifball with everything from a permanent playlist in Halo 4 to a $5000 cash prize for GrifballHub’s RTX Championship this past summer. 343 Industries is clearly working to sustain and promote Grifball as an important piece of the Halo experience.
2) GrifballHub sent 343 Industries our Halo 5 Grifball wishlist. Last year, after Halo 5 was officially announced, GrifballHub leaders polled the community and compiled a list of the top requests for the next generation Grifball game. Given how 343 Industries is regularly going the extra mile to fulfill the wishes of other Halo communities regarding Halo 5’s content, Grifballers can feel confident that Halo 5 will eventually include something they are very pleased with.
3) Frank O’Connor confirmed the Gravity Hammer. Earlier this year, 343 Industries’ Frank O’Connor confirmed that a Gravity Hammer exists in Halo 5.
4) Kevin Franklin alluded to Halo 5 Grifball. In September, 343 Industries’ Kevin Franklin alluded to Halo 5 Grifball during his presentation at DICE Europe, saying that Grifballers were a community the developer aimed to cater to with Halo 5’s content.
They’re playing a game called ‘Grifball’. If you’ve never seen that before, you basically get a hammer and a sword and run at each other and fight over a ball. So it’s a completely different multiplayer experience that we also have to cater to and support.
5) Halo 5 will likely launch with only two objective gametypes. According to Team Beyond, Halo 5 will include only two objective gametypes at launch, a shockingly low number compared to previous Halo games. Whether players enter custom games or matchmaking, only Capture the Flag and Strongholds – a new version of Territories – will be available to play. Missing on launch day will be Assault, Infection, Race, King of the Hill, Ricochet, Oddball, Juggernaut, and, sadly, Grifball.
6) Josh Holmes says more gametypes will be available post-launch, including Grifball. On Halo Waypoint, Josh Holmes has said that additional gametypes, including Grifball, will be make available very shortly after the game launches. These gametypes will be available through special Double-REQ Point Weekend Playlists or other methods. While Holmes implied that Grifball is near the front of the line when it comes to post-launch content, a set schedule has not been released.
7) Non-Forge courts have been available in previous Halo titles, and perhaps will again. Although Halo 5’s Forge mode will not be made available until mid-December, non-Forged Grifball courts have appeared at launch with Halo: Reach and Halo 4. Reach’s Coliseum and Halo 4’s Sarge’s Lab were included on-disc specifically to be playspaces for Grifball. In fact, even Halo 3’s Sandbox map included an underground bunker intended for Grifball games. While this is purely speculation, it would be possible for 343 Industries to release a Grifball court before the release of Forge in December, especially if they had an expert mapmaker to consult.
We hope more information about Halo 5 Grifball will be released shortly.