There are a lot of rumors floating around about the next title in the Halo series, with everything currently pointing to Halo 2: Anniversary Edition for the Xbox One later this year, but what about the main series? Microsoft has just named Halo 5: Guardians, and it’ll be heading to the Xbox One in autumn/fall 2015, so still a while off yet.
The new game will land alongside the new television series, and 343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross has described the new game as “a massive and exciting project” that “takes full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen”. We should hope so too, given the legacy of the Halo series and Xbox consoles, they need to make this a real console seller, or they may as well pack up their compters and quit the industry.
The sequel was teased last year at E3 with a very vague trailer, no name for the game or anything, but with the next E3 just around the corner, it’s about time someone said something about the new game.
Ross added that with “the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade”, when talking about the game running at 60 frames per second and on dedicated servers. The TV series that launches alongside the new game will be produced in collaboration with the legendary Steven Spielberg and no doubt represents a massive cash investment from both 343i and Microsoft.
“Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4. That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine,” said Ross. “It’s a game that will hopefully demonstrate the talent, learnings and abilities of the 343 Industries team. A game that will incorporate the things we learned from Halo 4 about technology, aesthetics, performance and scale – and perhaps more importantly, understanding and embracing a community of gamers who love what lies at the heart of this game, and the limitless potential of the Halo universe.” he added.
Ross teased that there will be even more information about the Halo sequel at this years E3 next month and with such a long wait until the new game is released, it leaves a perfect release window for the rumoured Halo 2 re-release which is expected to launch in November to cater to the Christmas rush, something that has been long awaited after the success of Halo CE: Anniversary.
Now all we have to do is sit and wait for E3, and perhaps it will be the season when the new consoles finally start getting their killer apps, not just generalised multi-format releases and sub-par launch titles.
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