343 Industries has officially announced a new installment in the “Halo” game series. “Halo 5: Guardians” will launch on the Xbox One in the fall of 2015.
According to the announcement, the game will run “at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade,” and will also be powered by a new engine.
Bonnie Ross, general manager at 343, made the announcement on a blog post that detailed the future of the Halo franchise as a whole. Ross talked about Master Chief’s next journey. She 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.”
The first teaser for “Halo 5” was revealed at Microsoft’s E3 2013 press conference which featured short teaser showcasing the iconic character trudging across a desert in a poncho.
Ross also hinted at what we’d see from the franchise at this year’s E3, stating,
“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.”