'Halo 5: Guardians' Arena penalties include ban on players who repeatedly quit games, kill teammates


Fans of the “Halo” game series are already excited for the release of “Halo 5:Guardians” on October 27. Before the release, however, Microsoft and 343 Industries have released new details about the game that players should know about.

According to a blog post uploaded on Haloway Point, the website for the game, a ban policy will be implemented “to maintain the quality of the Arena experience and sanctity of competition” in Arena play. The behavior that will be tracked will include quitting matches, idling or AFK (away from keyboard), intentional suicides, betrayals or team killing, and excessive disconnects.

Players who will routinely be caught engaging in such activities will be banned. The duration of the penalty will depend on the offense, and it will get more severe as more infractions get recorded.

Aside from the ban policy, more details have been revealed by the game developer. For instance, Competitive Skill Rating (CSR) will be implemented in the game to make sure that players of the same skill will be matched against each other. As stated on the article, “When you first hop into any of the Arena playlists, you will play a series of placement matches before being earning your CSR. After you complete 10 games, you will be placed into one of 7 CSR ranks based on your performance.”

The seven ranks mentioned are Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Onyx, and Champion. The highest ranks, Onyx and Champion, will be awarded to those who will rank in the Top 200 players of the game.

Another feature, Seasons, will be introduced as well in the Arena mode. Each month, players will have the opportunity to earn monthly rewards and set new scores. Those who will earn a CSR in the Seasonal Playlsit will earn emblems.

Matchmaking is another feature in “Halo 5: Guardians.” It will let players team or compete against those who share the same CSR ranks. In case there are not enough players in the same rank, the limitation is slightly removed so that those who have the same skills can play with each other.

“Halo 5: Guardians” is exclusive to Xbox One.