Halo 5: Guardians, the next chapter in the Halo franchise is slated to be released on Xbox One in the fall of 2015, developer 343 Industries confirmed this week.
Last year’s E3 was the first time a small glimpse of a Halo game was shown, though no gameplay or even important story bits. Other than that, there were no details on the game what-so-ever. That is, until now, because 343 Industries just confirmed Halo 5, now known as Halo 5: Guardians.
“Making a Halo game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a game is non-trivial,” stated 343 Industries General Manager Bonnie Ross. “It’s a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very seriously to ensure we deliver the Halo game that fans deserve, and a game that is built from the ground up for the Xbox One.”
“Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4,” Ross continued. “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. Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen.”
Alas, for all the blurb, concrete details about Halo 5: Guardians are still absent, except aforementioned E3 trailer. Ross says “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."
"Many fans noted that I was very deliberate with my phrasing on stage at E3 last year. I spoke about a 'journey,' rather than a destination," Ross concluded in today's announcement, "and that journey definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step."
343 Industries will provide further details about its Halo plans for this year at Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2014 media briefing, which it will hold June 9.