Halo 5 confirmed for 2015 release on Xbox One

Developer 343 Industries confirms that Halo 5: Guardians isn't coming out this year. The Halo TV series will also begin in fall 2015, but the Halo "journey" will continue in 2014.

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Microsoft has confirmed that Halo 5, now known officially as Halo 5: Guardians, will not be released on Xbox One until fall 2015, but has once again reiterated that the Halo "journey" will continue this year.

"Making a Halo game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features, and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial," said 343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross. "It’s a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very seriously to ensure we deliver the Halo game that fans deserve, and a game that is built from the ground up for Xbox One."

"Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4," continued Ross. "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."

Actual details about Halo 5 are still scarce: a lavish CG trailer was shown off at last year's E3, and we've not heard anything official about the project until now. Ross says that "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."

Halo 4, released on Xbox 360 in 2012, was the first entirely new Halo title to be released by 343 Industries, the studio founded by Microsoft to take over development of the franchise after original developer Bungie upped sticks and left to create Destiny. Halo 4 was billed as the first part of the "Reclaimer" saga and presumably will lead directly into the events of Halo 5.

Ross also added that the Halo television series, announced alongside the Xbox One itself last year, will also launch in fall 2015. Might it be connected in some way to the events of Halo 5? Ross says it will both "stand alone" from but simultaneously "complement" the game.

But with no Halo 5 and no Halo TV series, what can we expect for this year? Rumours of a Halo 2 Anniversary Edition have been circulating for a while now, and 343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross has said that the Halo journey "begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step."

Whatever the team is cooking up for this year, Ross confirmed it will be shown at Microsoft's E3 2014 press conference on June 9.

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Discussion

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skiggy34
skiggy34

LOL isnt this old news??  Didnt we read this 2 wks ago when they announced the Halo collection??

Gadeos
Gadeos

This is one of those few games that makes me wanna get an X1!!! If each Halo game has been better than its predecessor, then Halo 5 will surely be freaking AWESOME!

bourne714
bourne714

This game is going to be awesome.  I love Halo and Halo 4 was a shinning first appearance for 343.  I can't wait to see how they bring Halo to next gen.  I have a good feeling that they are going to deliver on Halo 5.

foxrock66
foxrock66

Yeaahh. I'll stick with Destiny, thanks

Pr3DaToR92
Pr3DaToR92

Halo Combat Evolved is still, and will probably always be my favorite game for the entire XBOX saga whatsoever.

Take a look at TitanFall and tell me... did really Respawn's Revolution turn into a Evolution of multiplayer shooters? I think not.. Because I refunded it 1 hour later.

Just my opinion.

bigcr47
bigcr47

I just hope they turn back towards the Reach style of play and get away from the COD hybrid copy crap that was Halo 4. Random weapon drops and way to fast of movement suck for Halo and destroy strategy. Halo is Chess, not Checkers.... 

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Hmmmm this reeks of multiplayer madness.

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

A few years ago I would have laughed and mocked Microsoft for this kind of thing, "an OLD saga in their NEW console, what a great idea to sell its shitty device" but now this is the exact thing Sony its doing, OLD games in the NEW console, now there aren´t differences between them, MicroSony has born.

unbiasedgamer_1
unbiasedgamer_1

I must admit, like Fifa and Cod, I feel Halo is going on a little too long now. Destiny is another step forward but 343 seem to need to bleed Halo till it's an empty husk. Open world or no, it needs a massive revamp to tempt me to buy it. 

chris230990
chris230990

We here at xbox love to rehash our games, over and over again. And the peasants eat it up... every last drop. MMMMMM!

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

I think Halo and Halo 2 are the only good ones.

They should just give up on Halo, and move on. As well as I think the 360 is more of a console than Xbox one... it's an overpriced pos. In my opinion.

bluesunmerc
bluesunmerc

Much like mass effect they keep pumping games out ill keep playing them.

kaziklu_bey
kaziklu_bey

This franchise was always bad, but highly advertised. Nothing else.

creepychainsaw
creepychainsaw

I really hope they apply a focus to their story. The enemies in Halo 4 were forgettable and uninteresting (talking about the forerunner AI things or whatever). I hope they develop on a mysterious element that the earlier Halo games prided themselves on. Like its great 343 is talking about scale and performance, but that should be a given in today's world. I want story, I want memorable levels with memorable characters, I want the slight horror element back in (with the Flood gone, it took that with it disappointingly). I want Halo 5: Guardians to be memorable; that's the key word. Halo 4 just wasn't, but it was the first game into the new Halo universe; lets see how much they learned and hopefully Halo 5 will be great with the right directions. Touch wood and all that.   

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I still love how people say Microsoft are milking Halo. When 343 already told us they were planning a trilogy. I personally think that unless this goes stratospheric in the next two games, in a similar way the first three games did, this will be the last trilogy we see from the main Master Chief plot, they might do spin offs but they are always pretty terrible overall, especially for single player.

thedeadwind1984
thedeadwind1984

When are we going to see any of the other Spartan II's? Kelly and a few others are still alive.  

TroyTrojanGamer
TroyTrojanGamer

Great news will sell a lot of consoles. I'm excited about this and super smash brothers

gajbutler
gajbutler

Just wish they finished with 3, there just doesn't need to be more Halo.

skiggy34
skiggy34

@foxrock66 Guess you havent played Halo before... Just so you know, Destiny is going to be a glorified Halo.. LOL even the pistol in destiny has the same sound as the pistol in Halo just so you know.....

skiggy34
skiggy34

@Pr3DaToR92 Titanfall may not have but its a fantastic game........  Its by far the best next gen game to date...

cainetao11
cainetao11

@Pr3DaToR92 I respect that. I love Titanfall. Havent been as much into a MP shooter since L4D. I hate COD, dabble in BF, used to play Halo MP religiously. Looking forward to 5, not the remastered stuff though. I own them already. When PS3 dropped BC I knew this selling old games again would be a thing.

MrJskilet
MrJskilet

@bigcr47  I would say go back to the golden days of Halo multiplayer which was Halo 3. Some people say Halo 2 had the best multiplayer but I never had the chance to play Halo 2 multiplayer so for me personally the golden age was Halo 3

skiggy34
skiggy34

@KiriharaZro Resistance was garbage....  The 1st one was mediocre but the rest were terrible.... Its too bad too because that series was promising...

bourne714
bourne714

@unbiasedgamer_1  343 has the opportunity to breath new life into the franchise.  I'm sure the're going to put their stamp on the new games.  This isn't Call of Duty which has like 18 games.  This is Halo 5 (7 with ODST and Reach.)  Still plenty of room to grow IMO. Plus, Halo is awesome.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@chris230990 Checks PC minecraft clones (hmmm...)
Checks PS4 dual analog shooter clones (hmmm...)
Notices the word "peasant" on the comment (Oh, true; another gamespot fantr.oll).

cainetao11
cainetao11

@chris230990 Right, because the Uncharteds, God of Wars, and KZ games are so incredibly diverse.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@chris230990 You sound like a Sony fanboy. Funny how we're still waiting on Killzone to bring us that 'Halo-killer'.

skiggy34
skiggy34

@TheExxorcist Good thing thats only you're opinion.....  I cant wait for a new Halo...  The story evolves each time and gets better and better.  I could see if the stories started to suck but they are only getting better.. Look at Star Wars, thats been going on forever. Why should Halo stop????

tribeofasher
tribeofasher

@TheExxorcist  So, you haven't liked Halo since the first and second and you don't like the Xbone... 


So, WTF are you doing in the articles related to Halo 5 and Xbone? LOL

tribeofasher
tribeofasher

@kaziklu_bey  If the franchise has always been bad, why are you posting in the Halo sections of Gamespot? LOL


Nobody cares if you like Halo or not. Your opinion is just that: yours. The sales of Halo over the last decade+ would reveal that your opinion is useless concerning the quality of the Halo franchise. 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@creepychainsaw  I wasn't sad to see the back of the Flood. I thought the enemies were really annoying to fight. Especially on Legendary difficulty, just made the combat really frustrating. Compared to the covenant who were at least kind of predictable and had tactics and things, which you had to adapt to.

The flood were normally just shambling mutants that exploded with ridiculous explosive damage and radius. 

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

@Dannystaples14  I must say this new trilogy is really good . I enjoyed Halo 4 and Spatan ops story and I'm totally up for Halo 5 and 6 . 


but if they want to make even more Halos after that , they can count me out of Halo fanbase

Keitha313
Keitha313

@Dannystaples14  Some games are better left untouched, they've made far too many Halo games after the third one that should of been their last but M$ think Halo is a reason for people to buy a broken overpriced console.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@kingcrimson24  Exactly, the new Halo 4 was nothing to put your nose up at and considering it was the first in the series for 343 it was expected they might be taking some time to get their groove on.

IF they milk the crap out of it we will hold our hands up and tell them, but right now there is nothing to suggest they are doing it when the games produced are still great.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Keitha313 Made far too many Halo games. Considering there are franchises out there like Final Fantasy, which is hitting 15, Resident Evil hitting 8+ (not sure exactly how many), hell Metal Gear is hitting 5 + the spin offs and the story is so random and convoluted at this stage it is a wonder they are still going, racing games have been pumping out games every year which are basically the same and then we have crap like COD which feels like it is on its 100th game.

Compared to them and the fact that Halo has been consistently great for all four main games and people still talk about Halo Reach as one of the best multiplayer games in the series, it is doing very well.

Just because you don't want an Xbox One does mean its exclusives are crap. I don't particularly want a PS4 right now but no one can deny that Sony did have some awesome exclusives for the PS3 and will definitely make some great games on the PS4.

I do think the Playstation exclusives are way too heavy on the cut scenes but they are still great.