Halo 5 is officially coming Fall 2015, and will now be known as Halo 5: Guardians. 343 Industries General Manage Bonnie Ross made the announcement today on Xbox Wire, that the game would be pushed back to a 2015 release. This extra development time was to ensure that 343 could deliver the “scope, features, and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade.” Ross went on to confirm that Halo 5 will run at 60 frames per second, and have dedicated servers for it’s multiplayer.
Ross writes ““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.”
343 Industries Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor took to Halo Waypoint today to discuss the announcement as well. “Last year at E3, Bonnie famously said, “Your journey begins in 2014…” Wait – hang on – you thought: “What journey is she talking about and why is Chief wearing a poncho?” Okay, some might call it a cloak, but the fact remains – you knew something more nuanced was afoot. So it’s quite likely that Bonnie’s 2015 release announcement today surprised no one in the Halo community. In fact, I suspect most of you who read the Halo Bulletin regularly anticipate there’s even more to come.
Well you might be right,” O’Connor continued “but we’ll have significantly more to say about that at E3 and beyond. Suffice it to say, another shoe has yet to drop.” That “shoe” could certainly be something for gamers to look forward to in 2014, as Ross went on to highlight that she called 2014 the start of a “journey”. This journey will begin with a “giant leap”, rather than one small step, and we will learn about what that leap is during Microsoft’s E3 2014 press conference on June 9th.
Could that giant leap be Halo 2 Anniversary? The game has been heavily rumored to be in development, and Halo 5’s release in 2015 falls directly in line with what a Neogaf leaker described back in Februrary. The leaker has been previously correct about the existence of a Titanfall Xbox One bundle, a Forza Horizon sequel (that is rumored to take place in the Deep South) and now with Halo 5 falling back in 2015.
The box art released for the game (seen to the right) is not final, O’Connor told Neogaf. They may use the same theme, but that’s not 100% set yet. The biggest question to arise from this box art is who is the mysterious figure that takes center stage? Many people specualted that it was Naomi, a Spartan II featured heavily in the books, Cortana in a robot body, or Sarah Palmer, a senior officer in the Spartan IV program. Josh Holmes, 343 Industries Executive Producer, confirmed that this new character is none of these people, but an all new character. Holmes also said the new character is a man, not a woman. The box art also confirms the return of two weapons: the Battle Rifle and the Assault Rifle.
In addition to all of this big news, Ross went on to confirm that the Halo television series will be releasing in Fall 2015 as well. The collaboration between Microsoft, Director Stephen Spielberg, and “some of the finest creative minds in the business” will bring a stand alone series, that will also “complement and enrich the game experience.”
by, Bobby Marquardt