Somebody get him a weapon.
On Friday, Microsoft made the official announcement that the next installment of the popular Halo video game series will be called Halo 5: Guardians.
Last year at E3, Microsoft released a teaser trailer entitled “Halo” that depicted a post-Halo 4 Master Chief wandering through a desert in a cloak covering his MJOLNIR armor.
There was speculation as to if the game would be called “Halo 5” or some kind of new spin-off series from the main games (much like Halo Wars, Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Spartan Assault). This was fueled by remarks from Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Spencer, who said “While we originally said trilogy, we’ve actually expanded this to more of a saga, so we don’t want to limit the Reclaimer story within a trilogy.” He also stated that the game would not be called “Halo 5” but was still “a legitimate entry in the game series rather than a spin-off.”
General Manager Bonnie Ross of 343 Industries officially confirmed the announcement in a blog post on Xbox.com, confirming the Halo 5 title. Ross said the following of the upcoming title:
“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.
Ross also announced that they were expanding the Halo Universe through more than through books and graphic novels with an upcoming television series to air in 2015 that will be produced by Steven Spielberg. The series “will stand alone, as well as complement and enrich the game experience.” This is sure to satisfy the longtime fans, who have been waiting for years on a Halo feature film. Prior to the release of Halo 4, fans were treated to a 5-part, 15 minute live action mini-series called Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn on Halo Waypoint, an enhanced app for the Xbox console. The series was nominated for 15 awards, including Outstanding Main Title Design at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Halo 5: Guardians will be released in Fall 2015 on the Xbox One. It’ll mark the Master Chief’s second jump to a new console after jumping from the original Xbox to the Xbox 360 with the release of Halo 3 in 2007.
The announcement of the newest Halo game has fueled strong speculation that an enhanced remake of Halo 2 will be released this fall.
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