Halo for Xbox One will be "transformative," concept art released

343 Industries teases that it will share more about its new game soon, confirms Star Wars veteran now the game's creative director.

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The all-new Halo game for the Xbox One will be "much more transformative" than Halo 4, released at the end of 2012 for the Xbox 360, developer 343 Industries said in a blog post.

"We're proud of what we accomplished with our first release in Halo 4 and now we're focused on something much more transformative as we make the leap to the next generation of Xbox," 343 Industries executive producer Josh Holmes said.

"We showed a hint of what we have in store at E3 last year and we're excited to share more in the not-so-distant future," he added. "Please be patient--we can't wait to show you what we have in store."

The "hint" Holmes spoke about refers to the teaser trailer Microsoft showed during the trade show last June. In this short video, a caped man walks through the desert, only to be revealed in the final seconds as Master Chief. Why he is in the desert is unknown.

343 Industries also released in the blog post a piece of concept art for the new Halo game, showing off a sprawling city and what appears to be a massive UNSC ship. It depicts a new location that will feature "prominently" in the game, but other details aren't available.

The new and still-untitled Halo game for the Xbox One, due out in 2014 for sure, runs on a new game engine, though 343 Industries has not revealed what kinds of proficiencies this technology has over its past engine.

Finally, the blog post addresses some of the changes and additions made to the senior development team at 343 Industries. The game's new creative director is Tim Longo, who has spent more than two decades in the industry working on games like Star Wars: Republic Commando, Star Wars: First Assault (unreleased), and Tomb Raider.

In hiring Longo, Holmes has moved from creative director to executive producer for the new Halo game, a position that will see him heading up the internal development team. Halo 4 executive producer Kiki Wolfkill has transitioned to a new position where she will develop "exciting new stories, experiences, and technologies that will transform the way that you experience Halo."

And as was previously confirmed, art director Kenneth Scott has stepped down from his role, but he will remain attached to the project in his new position of Visual Design Consultant. Nicolas "Sparth" Bouvier, who has worked on franchises like Assassin's Creed and Rage, is taking over as art director.

Notably, it was confirmed last night that Halo universe co-creator Joseph Staten had returned to Microsoft where he will create "incredible entertainment" for the Xbox as a creative director for an unspecified project.

Discussion

461 comments
Nikos Nsa
Nikos Nsa

NO HALO = NO xbox . The halo saved xbox to raise

Lee Cox
Lee Cox

lots of crying ponies here, knack will make it all better, now go and get your bibs

Tyler Keeble Smith
Tyler Keeble Smith

You're in space and you go pew pew when you see aliens.... Halo....

Darius Dorn
Darius Dorn

That's what they said about halo 4, it was dead boring after 4 months

delta5931
delta5931

I can't say I liked Halo 4 that much. I was excited when I opened up the disk case on Christmas day, and found 2 disks. I thought this meant that there was going to be Spartan Ops on one of the disks. After breezing through a six hour campaign, I tried to play Spartan Ops and got hit by a "Please connect to Xbox Live to continue". So I was left with nothing to do with Halo 4. A short, but worthwhile, story and paywalls. Not to mention that when I opened the game, the disk holder for disk number one, was broken off from the case.

David Chang
David Chang

I kinda think Halo is just..eh.... it ended with Reach but now the corpse is being desecrated.. the first one is still the best one...

William Thomas
William Thomas

I don't mind change, if it's good change, the Warthog had a much higher whining pitch then previous titles and it was very annoying and made it difficult to enjoy them. Don't lay the get your speakers checked spill on me, play one of the older ones then play 4 and you will see. The story itself was awful and the presentation was terrible. Whoever directed it this time around was an obvious amateur, there was never a moment where I was in awe, not like the previous titles. Chief talking every 5 seconds killed the atmosphere he created around him in all the previous 3. He was very non-chalant and anytime he said something it was nothing short of brilliance, "Where are you going Chief?" "To give the covenant their bomb back." The idea of making the forerunners evil now and on this peace through superior firepower nonsense killed the back story. The not knowing is the best suspense, if someone popped out of cryotube today saying they were from the Tamil civilization, and told you the exact opposite of everything we know about them, entire countries of people would be out of jobs and religion as we know it would collapse. They could have easily come up with something else and made it more interesting but this new developer is lazy as hell.

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

Halo is still around? Holy crap. I do kind of miss Gears of War, however.

Leonid Steiner
Leonid Steiner

Dont like Halo ? Dont play Halo. Problem solved. Why bitch and whine over games you're not gonna get ? I dont get it.

Waino Yrjanainen
Waino Yrjanainen

I hope they open it up make it feel a little less linear.

Wade Collins
Wade Collins

Will I be able to finish a mission without yawning? Halo 4 was so boring.

Richard Desrosiers
Richard Desrosiers

If you say halo is "overrated" you obviously haven't been playing since the beginning.

Kelwin Lieng
Kelwin Lieng

I never really tried the Halo series ever since I got an Xbox 360. But I'll give this game a whirl.

Baza Saunderson
Baza Saunderson

Halo remake now that's New its going the same way as fifa

Colter Knox
Colter Knox

I would hope so... Altho I thought halo died with 4?

Thomas Haworth-Hagin
Thomas Haworth-Hagin

I can't find anything wrong with halo 4 i really liked it and im a halo fan so i can't wait to see what 343 can do this time if you can't evolve on halo games you are going to be the only ones still playing reach still

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

No one said you had to keep paying attention after the second game :)

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

The Warthog sounds the same as ever, get your speakers checked out. The campaign was classic halo, except with better story telling, and the Chief talking more was all to do with the nature of his dynamic with Cortona changing. Other than that I can't see anything different to every other halo, the gameplay is pretty much identical. I hope you realise how stupid people on the band wagon look? Care to actually elaborate on your very vague points? That's the problem with band wagon haters, you never tell us in any real detail what your problem is. If your problem is that some things, for example to story telling, has been changed from the original trilogy then feel free to stick to the trilogy. The rest of us don't mind seeing Halo spread it's wings and change things up now and then, rather than becoming another COD.

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Does it really matter? Probably best not to anyway since there will always be a large group of arseholes waiting to tell everyone how 343 screwed up his face.

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Something to do with disguising him. I don't know, but it looks cool. Also his suit looks pretty beaten up, probably helps keep the sand out of the cracks.

Brendon Steffy
Brendon Steffy

I thought the award for 'most overrated video game series' went to call of duty

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Some genuinely don't like it, which is fair enough since not everyone is going to like everything, unfortunately for the rest it's just a band wagon effect. Some of the haters have never played it and are just jumping on the band wagon, some have played it but are idiots and, again, like to jump on the band wagon. Happens with every popular franchise.

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

That cross over would have me jizzing my pants! As long as it's the good transformers from the 80's, not Micheal Bay's idea of transformers.

Alex Vega-Adams
Alex Vega-Adams

Halo 4 was amazing. Can't wait to see what 343 has in store for us this time around!

Dus Tin
Dus Tin

The last of Us might just be the most overrated franchise in gaming,Sir ;)

Danny Rawson
Danny Rawson

Hope its better than 4 because it seemed to be the same thing all the way through got abit boring

Vylsith
Vylsith

LOL, bitter much?  Your tears are delicious.

generaljw
generaljw

I'm one of those fans that will overlook the shortfalls of a Gaming universe I love and make as many excuses as possible to justify things. I loved Halo 4 and the different moments they chose to focus on but I can't fault your comment, particularly about never being in awe. I was in awe throughout the game but the moments weren't the same as those in H1 through to Reach. However, I do ask myself, how much of that is 343's failure and how much is my expectations already being saturated?


All in all, I hope H5 isn't rushed, I like to think of Halo 4 as much like the E3 trailer/intro for the game where Master Chief is thawed in the cryotube. The Halo universe is being resuscitated by H4 and the story was as much a rough and tumble jolt to consciousness for us as it was to Chief whose now having to fight Didact and figure his physical and social bearings once again. If you look at H4 as this grand return, it falls short but as a stepping stone, it measures up.


As for Spartan Ops, the less said about that, the better. I can't make any excuses. They still owe me a Season 2!

Vylsith
Vylsith

Someone's mad because their console isn't as popular as it used to be.  =(

Vylsith
Vylsith

I like Bungie.  I'm not a huge Halo fan.  I don't think it's overrated, I'm just not big on non-RPG FPS anymore.  I did play all the Marathon games (the precursors to Halo by Bungie).  I also played Myth 1 and 2.  While I think that Halo was probably the least interesting game that Bungie has made, it was still very well made.  343 is not Bungie though.

2tonjunk
2tonjunk

The last of Us is NOT a franchise. It could be down the road but it is not now..