Developer 343 Industries has announced the next instalment to the much loved Halo franchise, with Halo 5: Guardians set to launch late next year.
Although many had been hoping for a Halo 5 release to hit this year, Bonnie Ross, the General Manager of 343 Industries has today unveiled the next Halo instalment.
As well as revealed that the new Halo title will be dubbed Halo 5: Guardians, she has confirmed that the release will not be available for Xbox One gamers until “fall of 2015.”
“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,” Ross stated. “In the tradition of every Halo game since its debut in 2001, it is a massive and exciting project.”
She added: “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.”
Despite confirming a Halo 5: Guardians release date is still some 18 months or so away, Ross, has teased that there could be new Halo offerings on the cards for this year, stating that “your journey begins in 2014.”
“Many fans noted that I was very deliberate with my phrasing on stage at E3 last year,” the 343 head stated. “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.”
She teasingly added: “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 the special plans we have in store.”
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