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Halo 5: Guardians has gone gold

Microsoft has announced today that the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians has gone gold, certifying the final retail version that will ship to store shelves.

Those who have pre-purchased a digital copy of the game will be able to pre-load both the game itself and a multiplayer content patch, while those with physical copies will need to patch before being able to play online. If you’ve got the digital copy of the game through the Collector’s Edition and want to swap it for a disc, you can check out our article here.

The day one multiplayer patch includes a number of updates for the modes in Halo 5, including the massive 12-on-12 Warzone mode. We got to go hands-on with it at E3, and suffice to say, it’s pretty great.

Halo 5: Guardians will be released for Xbox One on Oct. 27, 2015. Keep it tuned here for more coverage and our review of the blockbuster shooter.

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