Just weeks after the recent Halo 4 release date, developer 343 Industries has revealed that it has started work on the next major Halo project, expected to be dubbed Halo 5.
With Halo 4 hitting the UK on November 6 to much acclaim and chart topping success, 343 Industries has revealed it is to back up its first Halo title and continue the gaming franchise it adopted from founder Bungie with at least one new title in the coming years.
Suggesting that work on Halo 5 features began a number of months ago, Frank O’Conner, Development Director for the Halo franchise stated that “a lot of people at 343 are already prototyping ideas and software and art for future Halo Products.”
Speaking with CVG he added: “I can’t say more than that, but work on the game started actually before we launched Halo 4 and continues apace as we cycle staff through the team’s vacation breaks.” Although failing to confirm the new game’s title as Halo 5, O’Conner tantalising teased: “We’re excited about the next game.”
Despite a Halo 5 release date being far from confirmed, if recent Xbox 720 rumours ring true and we see Microsoft’s third-generation console officially unveiled at E3 ahead of an autumn 2013 Xbox 720 release date, it is not unreasonable to expect the next addition of the Halo franchise to follow the same path.
O’Conner’s teasing Halo 5 comments come as 343 Industries announces its partnership with Virgin Gaming to launch the Halo 4 Infinity Challenge, an Xbox LIVE based free-to-enter Halo tournament that is to be made available to all and offer up a selection of 2,800 prizes.
Kicking off on December 17, the Halo 4 Infinity Challenge will cover off both the Halo 4 War Games and Spartan Ops gaming modes with leaderboard toppers competing for the chance to win a 343 Industries designed Ford F-150 truck and an appearance in a future Halo game, possible Halo 5, respectively.
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