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Halo 5: Guardians coming next year

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Microsoft announced a Kinect Free Xbox One, and now they’ve just announced that Halo 5 has a subtitle, and will be hitting the Xbox One next year. With the company just casually throwing out bombshells like this, one has to wonder what they have up their sleeves for E3.

Microsoft and 343 Industries have revealed that the next instalment in the take of Master Chief and his sexy blue AI is titled Halo 5: Guardians is coming to pew pew pew your Xbox one in the Southern Hemisphere’s Spring next year.

Speaking on Xbox Wire, 343’s Bonnie Ross detailed the journey from Halo 4 to Halo 5.

“Any time you transition to a new platform, there is the opportunity to look at things with a new perspective. For us at 343 Industries, the launch of the Xbox One was an opportunity to think about what stories we wanted to tell, how to tell them, and how best to push the Halo franchise to showcase the platform. And, most importantly, combining our passion for Halo with the vocal and informative input from our fans.

Halo isn’t simply a perennial game franchise, it’s a part of the Xbox platform itself. In terms of innovation and ideation, it’s sometimes important to people who might not even play Halo. And of course it’s a passion and an essential experience for two generations of gamers. So we asked ourselves, how do we begin and where do we go with Halo on Xbox One?

The next game will be built from the ground up for the Xbox One.

I’m happy to reveal that “Halo 5: Guardians,” the next installment in the legendary saga of the Master Chief, will launch on Xbox One in fall of 2015.  In the tradition of every “Halo” game since its debut in 2001, it is a massive and exciting project.

“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.

We don’t know much else, but we do expect to see a lot of it at E3 this year.

Last Updated: May 16, 2014

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