Last E3, Microsoft announced would definitely be a Halo game in 2014 for the Xbox One. Today, however, the company says that the next Halo title in the series’ main storyline won’t come out until long into 2015.
But we have a new name for the next Halo Game…it’s called Halo 5: Guardians and it’s currently scheduled for a fall release on the system.
There was no definitive reason for the 2015 release date, but Halo franchise director at 343 Industries, Frank O’Connor, says that the new Halo is a massive undertaking.
“It’s a really big project. It’s a big project in terms of moving over to the Xbox One. It’s also bigger in terms of scope and scale in the size of the already quite big Halo universe.”
Apparently part of the delay is due to the fact that it’s utilizing a new engine.
“With Halo 4 we talked about how we had gone back to the drawing board on a couple of features of that engine, but it was really an iteration of the existing Halo engine. This is a new platform with much more capacity and much more power, and on a different architecture.”
Bonnie Ross worded herself very carefully at last years E3. Apparently even then they had known exactly how long it would take for the next Halo game to come out (about three years time). We all hoped that when the speech was made that they were talking about Halo 5 but afterwards…we all suspected it was too good to be true.
Here’s what Ross said last E3 when she announced the first Halo for Xbox One:
“…Today we’re here to announce Halo’s debut on Xbox One. A Halo FPS for a new generation of hardware that will take full advantage of the power and flexibility of Xbox One. A Halo engine enhanced by the power of cloud computing, dedicated servers, and for the first time on console – a Halo experience that runs at a blistering 60 frames per second. In 2014, Halo combat will truly evolve, and your journey with Halo on Xbox One begins.“
If Ross wasn’t referring to Halo 5, then what was she talking about in 2014? A new Halo Wars? A re-release of Halo 2 for Xbox One? We’ll just have to sit and wait until Microsoft talks more about its software plans for Xbox One at its E3 2014 press conference on June 9.
Until then here’s a recap of the trailer that debuted last E3 for Halo 5…just incase you may have missed it.
To hold us over until E3, O’Connor has also shared a new piece of concept art which you can see below.
For more news regarding this years upcoming games and Halo 5 stay tuned and keep an eye out for when we cover all the news that’ll be coming next month at E3.