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Published June 10, 2015

Many media outlets have reported that Halo 5’s online co-op will not require an Xbox Live Gold subscription. This news came via the cover story of Game Informer’s July issue. However, 343 studio head Josh Holmes today wrote a blog post explaining that this is actually false. He misspoke and Halo 5’s online co-op mode will require an Xbox Live Gold membership:

I need take a moment to make an important correction on something we miscommunicated in the story. I misspoke during the interview when stating that online co-op campaign would be supported with an Xbox Live Silver account. Co-op campaign will require Xbox Live Gold to play. I want to extend my sincere apologies to our fans, and to Game Informer, for this error and any confusion it has caused.

That said, it is important to us that fans have the opportunity to play the full co-op campaign experience and we are doing this by providing a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial with Halo 5: Guardians.

So, if you only have an Xbox Live Silver membership you won’t be able to play Halo 5’s online modes.

The Game Informer story also said that there will be no split-screen co-op. Also, there will be 15 free DLC maps for Halo 5: Guardians.

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