Incoming! Halo 5: Guardians Confirmed for Xbox One in 2015
Posted by Ken Barnes
Just what the doctor ordered.
343 Industries has confirmed the title and rough release window for the next title in the Halo series.
Halo 5: Guardians will launch in 2015 for Xbox One.
343's General Manager Bonnie Ross said:-
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. 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.
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.
And 2015 won’t simply be the year of Halo 5: Guardians, it will also be a year that offers us a unique opportunity. The opportunity to invite old friends and new audiences into that universe through the Halo television series, launched as a unique collaboration with Steven Spielberg and some of the finest creative minds in the business. A series that will stand alone, as well as complement and enrich the game experience. We’ll have more to share on the Halo television series as we near its projected fall 2015 release.
The company also confirmed that the title will be shown - unsurprisingly - as a part of the Microsoft E3 presser, which we'll be liveblogging for you on June 9th.
There's also the suggestion that something will be going on THIS year, potentially along the lines of Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason, where a portion of the game was released early and your progress continued on into the main game. Bonnie said:-
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 – and that journey definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step. We’ll give you much more information about our plans for this year at the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing on June 9, and we’re confident that “Halo” fans will be pretty excited about the special plans we have in store.
We. Cannot. Wait!