Halo 5 dev says Xbox One allows studio to deliver "new ways to think about gaming"

Plus, franchise director Frank O'Connor teases that 343 Industries will have "significantly more to say" about its plans for Halo at E3.

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Following this morning's official Halo 5: Guardians announcement for Xbox One, developer 343 Industries has released the first piece of concept art for the game and teased that we can expect more details about Microsoft's plans for Halo next month at E3.

Halo 5: Guardians won't be out until fall 2015, but Microsoft has teased that "your journey begins in 2014." It remains to be seen what that means, but Halo franchise director Frank O'Connor writes at Halo Waypoint that, "we'll have significantly more to say about that at E3 and beyond. Suffice it to say, another shoe has yet to drop."

"Getting the Halo 5: Guardians announce out of the way is a big weight off our shoulders," he added. "This audience has correctly stated and assumed that you can't necessarily squish a full Halo game into anything less than a three year development schedule--and at least up to and including Halo 5: Guardians, that's more or less true.

343 Industries is not only making a new game over the course of three years, but also a new engine for Halo 5: Guardians.

"During the development of Halo 4, we pushed the Xbox 360 and the engine to its limits, and we were happy with the way we were able to make the Halo universe look. The Xbox 360 still has a few tricks up its sleeve, even now," O'Connor said. "We are moving to a whole new platform with the Xbox One--a new architecture, new graphics hardware, and bluntly some new ways to think about gaming, period."

Halo 5: Guardians will run at 60fps and make use of dedicated servers. O'Connor acknowledged that Halo 5: Guardians of course will not be the first game to run at 60fps, but said, "these must-haves are not necessarily easy to achieve."

O'Connor also laid out his general ambition for Halo 5: Guardians overall and explained how he hopes it will push gaming forward.

"Previous Halo titles, Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 for example, strove to push the entire ecosystem forward--dual stick FPS with big open spaces in the case of Combat Evolved, and broadband matchmaking in Halo 2--are just a couple of examples of the series innovating or amplifying ideas," O'Connor said. "So in building Halo 5: Guardians, we want to push the ecosystem as well as the universe. And we'll have some surprises in store for new and loyal players of the series."

"So that's it for now, but E3 is just around the corner. So if you bide your time and hold your breath, you won't have to wait too long to hear about the next steps on this Great Journey," he said. Microsoft's E3 2014 press conference is scheduled for Monday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m. PDT.

Finally, Microsoft PR manager for Halo, Rob Semsey, wrote on Twitter that the blue-visor character seen opposite Master Chief in the Halo 5: Guardian's key art is not Cortana.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

77 comments
bloodygore83
bloodygore83

I'm looking forward to halo look awesome and tv series halo that be awesome.

grenadelaunchr
grenadelaunchr

Once again the X1 PROVES TO BE THE BETTER CHOICE.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

"So in building Halo 5: Guardians, we want to push the ecosystem as well as the universe."

That'll be hard to do, now that people can buy x.bone without the kinect, which was a crucial part of the xbox ecosystem according to MS previous statements. It's ruined, may as well just pack up and leave

shidib09
shidib09

I actually love Halos story and the multiplayer died with Halo 3 doesn't mean i won't play it just that i actually care about single player more now. Expect for COD i love multiplayer i stopped playing COD single players since Black ops 1 but the new one got me excited once more.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

I'm digging that concept art. Gives me a Star Wars vibe.

ScaredySquirrel
ScaredySquirrel

Halo 4 reignited my interest in Halo, I'm very much looking forward to what they do with Xbox One. Can't wait for a Halo multiplayer on dedicated servers as well.  


I may not love everything that's gone on with Xbox One but I can't wait to see what Halo 5 is like. A lot of very talented people at 343i

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Can't wait to see what this game looks like! Halo 4 was a highly detailed and beautiful game.. Excited to see what this universe would look like running on new hardware and a new engine

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

"Halo 5 dev says Xbox One allows studio to deliver "new ways to think about gaming".


WELL OF COURSE Xbox One delivers new ways to think about gaming. It's inferior to the PS4's hardware therefore devs have to think of new ways to TRY to achieve 900p let alone aim for 1080p.


NOT implying that PS4 flawlessly achieves 1080p @ 60 frames because it doesn't. I'll get an X1 in Fall 2015 when Halo 5: Guardians comes out.


Argument #1. Why pay $500 for an X1 when I can pay $400 for a more powerful console called the PS4?


Argument #2. Why pay $400 for an X1 when I can pay $400 for a more powerful console called the PS4?


P.s. AND I get to upgrade my PS4 hard drive to up to 2TB of space without voiding the warranty.


Sorry but PS4 > X1. Even most of my 360 friends jumped to PS4.

crashmer
crashmer

I hope these "new ways to think about gaming" translate into something concrete! 

Keitha313
Keitha313

"New way to think" of... Is this even next gen hardware?

Why can't it do 1080p?

Why are are people even paying for this?

blackothh
blackothh

Isnt that a given when you upgrade from a 10 year old piece of hardware?

berserker66666
berserker66666

"New ways to think about gaming".....so 1080p and 60 fps in X.bone?

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

all i here is "multiplayer, multiplayer, multiplayer, multiplayer, multiplayer, ".

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

If the new ways of thinking includes that dropped weapons dont vanish(campaign) and that players in co-op,after death,dont respawn in middle of a battle(causing death within seconds again),i am all for it.

xcollector
xcollector

They say the XBOX One allows them  to deliver "new ways to think about gaming". I think what they are trying to say is how can they nickel and dime you like never possible before. That is their new way about thinking about gaming.

Idontremember
Idontremember

@Sl4cka  NO... Instead, the free gpu now available without Kinect can be put to good use.  Screw Kinect

RevLux
RevLux

@ScaredySquirrel I felt that they did a great job with Halo 4's campaign. It was just the multiplayer that needed some work. I'm cautiously optimistic that they can nail both the campaign and multiplayer this time. Finger's crossed.

skiggy34
skiggy34

@ScaredySquirrel  Agreed!  MS may have messed up a few things but to be honest they won me back recently with all this great gaming news!  Between Sunset Over Drive, Halo 5 and the Halo collection I'm a happy camper.... Im really excited to see what happens at E3..

eternity888
eternity888

@BelaidKL  cuz they were right when they said that they pushed the X360 to its limits and its obvious

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@PSYCHOV3N0M If exclusives wouldn't be an issue then: "Why wouldn't you invest 500$ in a budget PC that will outperform either console?". These consoles are nothing but underpowered PC that are holding their respective exclusives hostage just to force the gullible player to buy that particular console which is sad really.


I rest my case...

sammoth
sammoth

@PSYCHOV3N0M


Your argument is flawed esp talking about tech. IT being inferior is a long shot. They are very similar. Yet Sony fan believe anything hat is told to them.


The X1 is now $400 and the hardware is far from inferior. If that was the case buy a PC since both are inferior.


X1 will have external HDD support. Not limited to certain laptop hdd.


Opinions are like assholes everyone has one.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@PSYCHOV3N0M *sigh* watching people argue about which console is more powerful is like watching two 5 year olds argue about who is more mature. It's irrelevant. If you want raw power, and if that is all that matters to you then get a PC and stick with that. I will stick with Xbox because the controller is flawless (always has been, unlike PS4) and I love the exclusives. If that means I get slightly less power for the same money, then I'm a lot more than OK with that. Power isn't everything, Halo 4 still trumps Killzone 4 as a game.

shidib09
shidib09

@PSYCHOV3N0M  Halo 4 looked amazing on the 360 think about PS3 is technically "more powerful" yet Halo 4 looked Fing amazing i have hope

ScaredySquirrel
ScaredySquirrel

@PSYCHOV3N0M  

Yup, PS4 is more powerful no doubt but Halo 5 is still going to be amazing. I'm not missing it. I guess if I were a kid and could only get my parents to buy me one console that would be one thing but I can have Xbox One and PS4 if I want. No need to be a fanboy! 

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@PSYCHOV3N0M Since when is shyt in 1080p better than shyt in 900p?

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

@PSYCHOV3N0M  answer to both of your arguments : there are some little things called games and some of them are exclusive to PS4 or Xbox and some people like some of these exclusive games more than the others . 


nah these games aren't really important . resolution is now the most important thing in gaming community 

viperbit3
viperbit3

It is capable of doing 1080p it is the developers who chooses to make the game in which 792p resolution

eternity888
eternity888

@Keitha313  cuz they're  still not sure abt the hardware/software, but the game will mostly run in 1080p cuz 343i are very talented and HALO 4 is an example

dani_i89
dani_i89

@berserker66666 Last gen games running at 30 fps are better then current gen console games running at 60 fps.

Blazen702
Blazen702

Nice try. You must be talking about sony. They the ones lieing to everyone. Have fun while you wait for some kind of greatness.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

So does it make it even for you then. Now Kinnect got ditched the X1 is 'unique' it what way. Ditching Kinnect showed yet again MS lack of confidence in their own...

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

You all got baited hard..

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Still in the long run for the last surviving years of the Gen.. PS4 has the edge on X1 and thats where it will shine.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

It's the loyalist behind this one.

ScaredySquirrel
ScaredySquirrel

@eternity888  

Halo 4 still looks like a next gen game. 343i does have a lot of talented people, no doubt. I'm also glad to see that they're respecting the IP. Halo 4 proved it's in good hands. 

dani_i89
dani_i89

@Blazen702 Haha yeahh...remember that "Watchdogs is best experienced on PS4 at 60fps and 1080p"? And the fact that PS3 had more power thought had worse graphics and playability than Xbox? And Dualshock 2 and 3 and basically being Dualshock 1? Sony get away with way too much.

Idontremember
Idontremember

@SIDEFX1  Sadly, the One is still weaker than the PS4, but that helps close the gap.
It doesn't show MS lack of confidense, it just shows that Spencer isn't as stubborn as Mattrick and does what the consumer wants, wich is what Sony did since the beginning.

RevLux
RevLux

@sammoth @diggyphelps The remake of Tomb Raider was 60fps on the PS4. Just like many of the sports games were 60 fps on both the XB1 and PS4.