Let’s have a minute of silence for Halo split-screen co-op. Yelling at your buddy for dawdling during the Flood invasion, high-fives over circle-strafing the Covenant, and pulling your friends controller out of the console on accident as you stumble by on the way to the bathroom. These are good times that are soon to be a memory. Couch co-op has been a staple of the Halo series, but that’s ending. Halo 5: Guardians will only offer online co-op. The bone 343 Industries and Microsoft is tossing to you is that you won’t need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play the online co-op, and they will be making all DLC multiplayer maps free. Small compensation for losing the ability to smack your partner’s head for firing a rocket into your feet during a skirmish.
Update: 343 Industries has corrected their earlier statement regarding online co-op. Players will actually need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to start or join co-op games.