“Veto!” It was usually the first words you heard from anyone playing previous Halo games. And you would hear it from me everytime Isolation popped up on Halo 3. Man, I hated that map.

Earlier this week, 343’s Josh Holmes was asked if there would be a vote/veto system or something similar in Halo 5: Guardians. Holmes said there would be no vote/veto system. The developer is instead opting for “just straight rotation.”

Why the change? Vote/veto systems tend to result in playing the same set of popular maps over and over. It’s not necessarily a bad system, but it does prevent us from seeing a wide variety of maps. There are a couple of reasons I like this move.

Get in the action quicker

With no vote/veto system, the match can get started quicker. There won’t be any reason to have a long wait during the pre-game as you wait for everyone to cast a vote for a map/gametype.

Let’s see all the maps

Look, I love The Pit and Guardian as much as the next person – but those maps dominated my game time on Halo 3. There’s nothing wrong with a little variety. And with 20 maps at launch, there will be plenty of variety at launch. 343 has also announced another 15 maps coming between release and June 2016 as free DLC.

35 total maps and the chance I’ll play more than about eight of them? I can get onboard with that.


While I do like the move to ditch the vote/veto system, there is one potential drawback.

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Map Quality

20 maps sounds great, but what if a chunk of them are bad. To 343’s credit, I didn’t hate any of the maps in the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta.

The vote/veto system may not have been ideal, but we gravitated towards the best maps. It might not have had the variety, but the gameplay stayed fun on solid maps.


Overall, the move to get rid of vote/veto is smart and necessary. We need to remember that Halo 5: Guardians’ multiplayer is split into two distinct modes. Arena and Warzone. Of the 20 maps at launch, six of them are designed specifically for Warzone. If you give players the option to vote on three Warzone maps, it’s not hard to see how only a couple would ever get played.

Halo 5: Guardians is coming to Xbox One on October 27th. Now show us some Forge already 343.

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