Before this month is out, Grifballers will once again take to the court to play the Sport of the Future. The world’s greatest sports-game-within-a-first-person-shooter is making its long-awaited return in the February Halo 5 update.
343 Industries has been working closely with veteran Grifballer and Forge guru NOKYARD over the past several months in order to make the Grifball gametype and courts as perfect as possible before the mode is loosed into the world. This includes tweaking the Gravity Hammer properties, Grif settings, and weapon balances between the hammer, sword, and ball. NOKYARD has also built at least one court that will be making its public debut alongside Grifball.
343’s Max Grossman:
Grifball has seen many variations over the last few games and this time, we wanted to make sure we got it right. We called in the leading expert on all things Grifball, Jeffrey “Nokyard” Fischer. We flew Nokyard out to the studio a few months before we started development of the mode to make sure that we understood exactly what is important to Grifballers. We had many design discussions with Nokyard and he even built the first Halo 5 Grifball Court which will be launching alongside the mode this update (it’s unlike any Grifball court you have ever seen before). Nok worked with our Weapons Designer, Daniel Wiksten, on trying to get the damage and impulse blast of the hammer to feel right. This collaboration helped us hammer out (pun intended) the delicate balance of Gravity Hammer vs. Sword vs. Ball that Grifball so heavily relies upon. We leveraged Nokyard’s wealth of Grifball knowledge to try to make the most exciting Grifball yet, complete with thrusting Grif, Ground Pound kills, and ball throwing. Playing Grifball during playtests over the last few months has been some of the most fun we have had in the new building.
The developers at 343 Industries has been very meticulous in their research into what the Grifball community wants and how the game can both please veteran Grifballers and fit into the larger gameplay structure of Halo 5. We expect Grifballers to be very pleasantly surprised by some of the gameplay elements included in Halo 5 Grifball.
The February update is expected to be released the week of February 22. The Halo Community Update Livestream is expected to take place on Friday, February 19, at 6:00PM EST, and may offer fans their first glimpse of live Grifball gameplay.