What is Halo 5: Guardians?Halo 5: Guardians is the confirmed title for the new Halo game originally announced at E3 2014 by 343 Industries, which will land exclusively on the Xbox One in 2015.
Coming from the same developers as Halo 4, the game was originally tipped to land some time in 2014, but has since been pushed back until next year.
The game aims to take “full advantage” of the Xbox One’s specs and will be the first in the series to run at 60fps.
We’ll keep this page updated with all the latest Halo 5: Guardians news as it is announced, so make sure to keep it bookmarked.
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Halo 5: Guardians Release Date - When is Halo 5 coming out?Despite originally scheduled to launch sometime in 2014, 343 Industries has confirmed Halo 5: Guardians won’t arrive on until the autumn of 2015.
“In the past, Halo games have pushed the Xbox forward, showcasing the console and its ecosystem in entertaining and innovative ways. 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 the developer went revealing the official name. “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.”
“In the tradition of every Halo game since its debut in 2001, it is a massive and exciting project.”
Sadly, that massive project won’t be on your Xbox One until the end of next year though.
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Halo 5: Guardians News - What we know so farFollowing the announcement of the official name for Halo 5 and the delayed late 2015 release date, we expect Microsoft and 343 Industries will have fresh and exciting stuff to tell us at E3 2014.
In fact, Microsoft has already confirmed Halo 5 will have a key spot in its E3 press conference, with Xbox boss Phil Spencer saying "343 Industries has a great plan in place, will be cool to share with everyone."
Features a brand new character
You see that new Halo 5: Guardians cover art at the top of this article? There’s a brand new blue-visored Spartan that was originally thought to be a robot version of Cortana or Sarah Palmer from Halo 4.
However, 343 Industries’ Executive Producer Josh Holmes has confirmed this is a brand new character, never been seen before in a Halo title.
“For everyone speculating about the mysterious Spartan in Halo 5: Guardians, he’s not Palmer (or Cortana!). He’s a NEW character”, said Holmes on Twitter on May 16.
Going to be bigger than Halo 4
Understandably, 343 Industries promises Halo 5 is going to be much bigger than its predecessor, Halo 4.
“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.”
343 Industries aims to unlock the “limitless potential of the Halo universe” with the first Xbox One game in the series.
Read more – Halo 5 Guardians confirmed for late 2015 release – May 16
We get a glimpse of one of the game’s “prominent” new locations
343 Industries released a Halo 5 concept art sketch early in 2014, teasing us with one of the game’s “prominent” locations.
The concept art was described as “an early exploration of a new location that feature prominently in a little game project we’re tinkering with”, by 343 Industries Executive Producer John Holmes.
“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.”
Unfortunately for us Halo fans, Holmes denied any more information on the concept art, especially any indication as to how the location will be featured in the next Halo game.
Read more - New Halo 5 concept art teases prominent new location – January 10 2014
Halo 5: Guardians StorylineAll we know about the Halo 5: Guardians storyline is what little we can glean from the E3 trailer. Master Chief is shown roaming cloaked in the desert, before being presented with a huge robotic bird that emerges from the sand.
To be honest, there’s very little details provided, and even 343 Industries said the footage is merely representational rather than direct game footage.
However, we did get a few more details from a Microsoft Store listing for the Xbox One title. A brief description was posted on the game’s product page, giving us a few more tiny details.
“Halo for Xbox One takes the now-legendary saga to new heights and is one of the most anticipated games for the new console,” read the leaked details.
“In possession of a mysterious data chip, Petty Officer John-117, aka Master Chief, confronts a new battery of challenges and tests in a Herculean effort to stay alive in a galaxy where sentient life is mercilessly hunted. Pre-order the next chapter in the wildly popular Halo series designed exclusively for Xbox One.”
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Halo 5: Guardians TrailersTake a look at the one and only Halo 5 trailer, released in line with the game’s announcement at E3 2013 in June last year.
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