Halo 5: Guardians has been officially announced as the next chapter in the Halo franchise, slated for a fall release in 2015. This will be the second full Halo game developed by 343 Industries, and the most epically titled Halo game to date.
When talking about the new Halo game, 343 general manager Bonnie Ross talks about the studio's desire to really make their mark on the series. Yes, Guardians will have those "core elements" from previous games, but 343 isn't stopping there.
"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."
Microsoft first teased the upcoming Halo installment during E3 2013, with a stunning CG trailer showing Master Chief wandering the desert alone. A 2014 release was set, but we knew little else at the time. Even the name was a mystery, as the teaser referred only to "Halo on Xbox One."
So now we have the name Halo 5: Guardians to go by, and confirmation that the game won't be out until late next year, confirming earlier rumors of a delay. Ross did also confirmed that Halo 5 would be showcased at E3 in June, where the game will take undoubtedly be taking center stage at Microsoft's Xbox opening event.
"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."
Look forward to more Halo 5: Guardians coverage in the coming weeks leading up to E3.