Where were you when 343 ‘killed’ Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris? For us here at Halo Swallower, we were going on another one of our ‘theory-crafting’ adventures, where our Lore team, consisting of me and my imaginary friends, was playing through the co-op campaign (no splitscreen though) for the millionth time searching for any possible straws to grasp that you would probably gobble up anyway.
I still remember it like it was yesterday. We had just retrieved the Constructor on the level “Enemy Lines”, and were about to talk to some NPCs on Sanghelios when suddenly, we were kicked back out to Halo 5’s main menu. After being briefly distracted by the UNSC Infinity in the background, we noticed that the “CAMPAIGN” option had been not-so-stealthily replaced by a “SPARTAN OPS” option.
Curious as we are, we decided to explore what the treasures lay beyond those words, and what we found next will shock you.
Instead of 15 Campaign missions split between playing as Locke and Chief, we found 10 Episodes, each with 5 Chapters, of Halo 5 Spartan Ops which allowed us to play as the same Spartan we would use in multiplayer.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, and no, it wasn’t just a copy-paste of Halo 4’s Spartan Ops. It was 50 brand new levels using Halo 5’s assets, game engine and mechanics with their own story and dialogue. What’s more, unlike Halo 4’s Spartan Ops, which took place after Halo 4’s campaign, this one seems to take place at the same time as Halo 5, which really makes you wonder if the real reason behind why Halo 5’s story was so strange was because they exhausted their budget on Spartan Ops instead of Campaign.
Our inside spy at 343 Industries has reached out to us, claiming that Campaign was removed due to it having a low player count, and that they were trying something new with Spartan Ops.
With that in mind, and being the truthful journalists that we are, we took to the various online Halo communities to find out how people reacted to this abrupt, unexpected change. As expected, some were unhappy with the removal of Campaign. Carl Keto, a member of the Facebook group “Halo Shitposting”, said:
“I can’t believe they just took out Campaign like that. Campaign is one of my favorite [sic] things to play when I’m not playing multiplayer and I really love immersing myself in the deep lore of how reviving someone magically gives you an overshield and the exciting gameplay of punching Grunts in the face for hours on Easy difficulty. Also, I’m really sceptical about Campaign having a low player count. Almost everyone I know loves playing Campaign, and to replace it with something like Spartan Ops which has already been proven to not work is really a giant fuck you from 343 Industries. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to nut on this Kelly-087 figure.”
Of course, there were those on the other side of the fence (or wall) who were much more tolerant and welcoming of these changes. James Enol, also a member of “Halo Shitposting”, said:
“Ever since its massively successful debut in Halo 4, I’ve always wondered when it would come back. Indeed, I was frustrated to hear that it would not be included in Halo 5 at launch, but now that it is, I am happy again. All these sweaty nerds that actually play the Campaign seriously should learn to compromise and give us casual players some safe space for our games, and maybe learn to embrace the new and exciting gamemodes that 343 has put time and effort into giving us… for free!”
It should be noted that as of press time, Enol’s post saying that he would “jizz on his Vale action figure” if he gets 200 likes is now at 43 likes, while Keto has yet to post any image ever since we stopped interviewing him.
Regardless, no matter which side’s opinion they supported, literally all the people we have interviewed have expressed that “even though this new-fangled Spartan Ops thing in Halo 5 has some repetitive gameplay, its story is still much better than that of the Campaign.” And there you go, unbiased reporting from us at Halo Swallower, proving once again that we are NOT a fake news site!