Some of you may remember Invasion on Reach, which didn’t appear in Halo 4 sadly. With the new and improved hardware, I thought of some improvements for Invasion that could be implemented in Halo 5 if 343i wishes to. I’ll just start with a few examples to help understand what I’m going for.
Boarding Action- Elites and Spartans are pitted against one another as they try to defend their ship or board the enemy’s ship. This is a mix of Reach’s space mission, Invasion, Slayer, and CTF/Assault.
For example, Spartans are on the defending side while Elites are attacking. Spartans are attempting to defend a UNSC frigate while Elites attack from a Covenant cruiser or Corvette. In the first phase, the Elites spawn in Seraphs while Spartans spawn in Longswords. The Elites’ objective is to destroy the frigate’s engines while Spartans attempt to defend the engines. Did I also mention both frigate and cruiser/corvette have auto defense turret? They wouldn’t do much damage if the player is cautious, and mainly shoot at the space ships rather than players for a better space battle atmosphere..
*Note: The link above isn’t a Halo related battle, but it shows what I mean with atmosphere.
Once the engines are destroyed, the Elites’ next objective is to kill remaining Spartans and board the Frigate. Once on board the Elites need to sabotage turret defenses in order to receive reinforcements. Which will just be Jackals and Grunts entering via dropship. For balance the Spartans will have a couple of Marines spawning until the next objective is complete. Once reinforcements arrive for both sides, the Elites must capture a UNSC AI in a short period of time before the Captain initiates Cole Protocol. If the AI is captured then bots will stop spawning and the Elites must now escape the Frigate.
Once the Elites escapes or time runs out, Covenant cruisers appears and destroys the frigate, Throughout the match the player will notice more damage to the Frigate as each objective is complete.The Covenant ship will also be damage if they do not destroy the engines or turrets in time. If the Elites lose then UNSC frigates will arrive to destroy the cruiser/corvette.
There can also be other options such as Escort, where Covenant or UNSC forces escort a VIP on the ground or in the air to a base. There would be only one objective for each side in Escort, attackers must the kill the VIP. And Defenders must escort the VIP to a designated location in time.
I got this idea after thinking of an Elite vs Spartan mission for Spartan Ops in order to spice up SO alittle. Criticism is welcomed and I hope 343i atleast considers this in some form or another. I don’t expect it to go out on multiplayer without some tweaks but Invasion matches like these have potential.