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Halo 5 couch co-op sacrificed for 60fps

News regarding Halo 5 (opens in new tab) co-op has been a tumultuous ride over the past few days. First, it seemed that playing Halo 5 online co-op (opens in new tab) with friends would not require a subscription - a change from past conventions yes, but a welcome one. Then it turned out that was a mistake, and that co-op will require Xbox Live Gold (opens in new tab) subscription. Now, franchise development director Frank O'Connor has confirmed and addressed the fact that Halo 5 will not support local campaign co-op at all.

In a NeoGAF thread under his handle "Stinkles," O'Connor wrote (opens in new tab), "Yes, it's a bummer but 60fps had to take precedence. It's not just aesthetics- the entire simulation is built on that framerate." The good news - if there is any to be had for fans of splitscreen - is that local multiplayer still exists, though it can now only support two players on one screen instead of four.

The era of splitscreen is dead and/or dying, it would seem. Long live the era of 1080p and 60fps?

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