The Halo franchise is Microsoft’s key system seller for the Xbox brand and continues to please a large following. While the original game and its sequel eventually came to PC, there was a great deal of controversy regarding its Windows Vista exclusivity. Since then, the Halo series has remained deeply routed in the console market, and Microsoft hasn’t shown any interest in porting their back catalogue. However, with Microsoft’s more unified approach of late, Windows 10 PC games are becoming a distinct possibility. In a talk with GamesRadar on Twitch, Halo series director Frank O’Connor hinted at the plausibility of a PC version and said:
“There is plenty of chance that Halo 5 could appear on the PC,”
“Nothing to announce at this point but it’s absolutely within the bounds of reason.”
“We developed the game on an Intel platform. It wouldn’t be the hardest thing in the world to move it to PC and take advantage of PC stuff. But nothing to announce today on this chat.”
Up to this point, Microsoft has only really ported free-to-play games although the Gears of War remaster is an exciting prospect. It looks like Microsoft wants to launch their console exclusives on the Windows 10 store and offer cross-platform play. Only time will tell if they actually manage this and I would love to play the likes of Halo, Forza and Crackdown on PC. From a business standpoint, Microsoft is finalizing realizing that PC sales don’t impact on the Xbox’s system sales, which are already quite mediocre. Then again, Microsoft has promised a lot in the past and never delivered.
343 Studios has established itself as an integral component of Halo’s success in recent years and no longer intimidated by Bungie and the franchise’s roots. To mark Halo 5’s pending release, 343 Studios decided to talk about the future in an upcoming Golden Joysticks special and divulged information about a “fictional foundation” for the next 20 years. The franchise developer director Frank O’ Connor explained:
“We do kind of know what’s going to happen in the next game pretty well at this point,”
“We’re doing serious real planning and even some writing on the next game already, and that’s a luxury – we’ve never been in that position before. So we both know at a very high level what’s going to happen in, say, ten years from now. But at that very granular level knowing what’s going to happen in the next game and that’s just been a great feeling for me”.
343’s head Bonnie Ross also added:
“You can look at the ending of Halo 4 – and where Master Chief is, and obviously we had to know where we were going to take Halo 5 and Halo 6 with that. You have an epic sci-fi universe and we have multiple ways that we can go with this story, but all the pieces are laying there. The canvas is there for us to paint”.
The developer is highly ambitious and sees a very bright future ahead for the Halo series. It’s not uncommon for the next game to be worked on before the latest addition has been released. It’s interesting to see the company plan decades ahead and not I’m entirely convinced people will be enthralled by a game with so many sequels. Hopefully, the series continues to be a success but I highly doubt Halo will be the big seller it is now in 20 years time.
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Halo 5 developers, 343 Industries, is making waves with some dramatic changes to the way the Microsoft title will be played. Local co-op campaign had previously been officially removed earlier this month, with co-op campaign games requiring Xbox Live Gold to hook players together. Now 343 appears to have confirmed that local multiplayer will also be missing from the title as well, and there are some indications that local LAN play will also be removed as well.
A Halo fan took to Twitter with a screen cap for the Xbox One Halo 5 pre-order page showing a single player limit on one Xbox One, asking if it meant split screening has been removed. 343 head Josh Holmes responded with a vague statement, saying that “All MP modes use full screen on dedicated servers, incl Coop Campaign, Arena and Warzone.”
This can be taken to mean that all multiplayer modes use full screen when connecting with dedicated servers. It can also be phrased to mean exactly what it says, that all multiplayer modes will use full screen and dedicated servers. The first interpretation is nothing new but the second one is more troubling. While similar FPS games have lost co-op campaign in the past, local multiplayer is a mainstay of many games, allowing a few friends to come together to and challenge each other.
All previous Xbox Halo titles featured local multiplayer as well as local LAN play and losing both will be a shame. Loss of local LAN may become a huge problem for large parties and tournaments in particular. Microsoft has been pushing users to adopt a more online environment but removing well-used features that previous titles had is not the way to go about this.
Amazon is known for posting release dates for future products, even if they do not have any official information about their release date. Its latest product listing appears to add a release date for the Halo 5: Guardians title.
The Spanish branch of the online retailer has apparently listed that the release date for the latest Halo title will be Thursday, September 10th 2015. However, that listing has recently changed to “la venta el 31 de diciembre de 2015”, which means that they now point to a December 31st release.
While the release date is just pure speculation, it might somehow indicate that Microsoft and 343 might be looking to delay the title a bit. Take the information with a grain of salt though, since the release date might as well be something completely different and Amazon ES can at any moment take down the product listing as well.
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Microsoft held their pre-E3 event yesterday where they released details of many next gen games that will be coming to their Xbox One console. There were a few hit and miss titles but overall I think they had a decent showing and it was a breath of fresh air after the disaster that was their original press event for this new console.
Halo is the cornerstone of the Xbox experience and it has been known for some time now that Halo 5 and Halo 6 would be making the leap to next gen Xbox, which we now know to be Xbox One.
Microsoft and 343 have stated that the game will run at 60FPS, a welcome retreat from the somewhat erratic FPS that plagued Halo 4, especially in Co-op.
Few, if any details are known at this point, so sit back and watch the teaser trailer, enjoy the screenshots and sit tight for more information in the coming days and weeks.