Microsoft announces Halo 5: Guardians, coming to Xbox One in 2015

Microsoft announces Halo 5: Guardians, coming to Xbox One in 2015

Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced the latest installment in the Halo franchise, called Halo 5: Guardians. Scheduled to hit the Xbox One in the fall of 2015, the game chronicles Master Chief's journey following the events of Halo 4.

343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross mentioned that Halo 5 will be a "bigger effort than Halo 4," and that the upcoming game will "incorporate the things we learned from Halo 4 about technology, aesthetics, performance and scale — and perhaps more importantly, understanding and embracing a community of gamers who love what lies at the heart of this game, and the limitless potential of the Halo universe."

Halo 5 will run on a new game engine developed by 343 Industries, with the studio retooling its technology to take full advantage of the next-gen capabilities offered by the Xbox One to "create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen" consoles.

Ross also clarified her statements made during last year's E3 conference: "Many fans noted that I was very deliberate with my phrasing on stage at E3 last year. 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."

Further information regarding Halo 5 will be announced at Xbox E3 2014 media event, which will be held on June 9. In addition to a new Halo game, Microsoft is also working on a live action television series which is being directed by Steven Spielberg. The live action series is also scheduled to launch sometime next fall.

Source: Xbox Wire



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BataBole says:

Wooohoooo! Can't wait, so excited! Microsoft is on fire! xD

kenzibit says:

This kills all rumors and speculations then. This'll be next gen tough! Hate to play solo on hardest difficulty for Lone Wolf achievement again. Is the new villain's image Master Chief or just Master Chief's new next gen costume in the photo?

pickypg says:

In the books, the Master Chief and those that we played as in Halo: Reach were from the Spartan 2 program. Due to the Covenant war, it became unreasonable to wait for the duration of the Spartan 2 program to complete to get more elite soldiers and the genetic selection criteria was a bit too high.

The Spartan 3 program was born by increasing the genetic pool selection (by lowering standards) and shortening the training regiments (by lowering standards and increasing technology). This allowed much larger numbers of "Spartans" to be trained from the young ages of 4-6 until they were 12-14 rather than until they were adults, but with the negative of side effects that did appear in the pool of candidates. It also made for very large suicide squads that the UNSC could throw at highly desirable Covenant targets that were previously impenetrable.

My guess is that either the character pictured above is a twisted-evil Spartan 3, or perhaps a Spartan 4 (one of the just-"normal" Spartans revealed in Halo 4 that were not abducted as children and trained for a decade), which has gone rogue. Or, perhaps, it is another Forerunner (the alien race and main villain from Halo 4--the Didact--that is eluded to in the previous games as the creators of the Halo rings). Still, it could even be one of the few remaining Spartan 2s that they do not talk about that has formed some other ring, but I doubt that they would want to fight the Master Chief as they all loved him.


It will be interesting because of the ending of Halo 4 how they deal with the Master Chief's return especially given the fact that the Covenant are in collapse and, as far as we know, they faced off with the last Forerunner (the Didact was the military commander of the Forerunner and lived on a shield world). Perhaps without a war to fight, the UNSC will try to make him a scapegoat for other things. I guess that we will have to wait to see.

tkdmacgeek says:

These games are overrated

SeeVuPlay says:

Only a nun would think it's overrated

MatchAttax08 says:

SeeVuPlay You are overrated

SeeVuPlay says:

I agree! I wish people would stop thinking so highly of me.

herbertsnow says:

Your brain cells are waste of space.

SeeVuPlay says:

Ummmm....dont you mean brain cell

neonspark says:

what game isn't bud. what game isn't.

Me too! This and getting rid of the Kinect have guaranteed that I will buy an Xbox one before the PS4.

ymcpa says:

There were xbox offers that discounted it to $450. I believe those bundles wven included a game. $50 for the Kinect is a steal. The thing can act like a universal remote using a smartphone. It gives you voice commands. You might not use those voice commands all the time but saying pause, go to TV, go to a channel, etc are useful. Plus Skype capabilities. The PS4 is charging $60 for the eye which is just a web cam. I'm constantly amazed that people don't see the value of this thing. If you buy the Xbox one without the kinect, I would suggest getting it later when you have the money even if there no games that make use of it. I personally have never used it in a game. I use it for TV viewing. If the add cortana to it and make the voice recognition better, it will be incredibly useful.

Cortana is in that suit!

Novron says:

Cortana is dead

2tomtom says:

No, she lives on my 920.

Wael Hasno says:

Don't spoil it for people.

Novron says:

How long ago was 4 released? May as well be posting Star Wars spoilers.

Wael Hasno says:

Doesn't matter. Spoilers are spoilers.

There are two different characters in that image. The one on the top is slightly different than the one (reflected) in the bottom--different helmets, different weapons, etc.


g_davis5 says:

Let the countdown begin!

theefman says:

This is what I'll get an Xbox one for, nothing else. Should be much cheaper then too.

Me too. This franchise is my all time favorite! Halo is the single reason I became an Xbox and Microsoft user.

Yes! Where Halo goes, I go.

mab664 says:

Same. Destiny is sure to disappoint. 7min preview on Xbox1 looks booty

MaxyBley says:

Destiny to disappoint? I get that you're a die hard Halo fan but you can't say the game will be bad if you haven't even tried it yet. Don't get me wrong I like Halo but Destiny seems to be what I wanted for a long time. A science fiction game that is as epic as Halo.

borasar says:

Is that a new mjolnir? Or is that a different character? Or did master chief lose some weight?

matfantastic says:

I've seen speculation that its Cortana. Seems unlikely to me.

It's the new main character...and Master Chief is the villain!

WilliamC1972 says:

I hope this game will be a true 1080P 60FPS next Gen title.

Acbuono5 says:

Lol yeah right neither the Xbox one or ps4 support 4k

Wrong - the Xbox One DOES support 4K output already

neonspark says:

what he meant is 4K gaming which neither system claims to support because they are too underpowered to make the experience any good. off course, if you're a PC gamer, 4K is basically something you've only been held back from doing because of the price of the screens, as PCs doing 4x FSAA are already rendering at 4X the 1080p resolution and have been for years.

seattlebob says:

The Xbox one can play 4k blurays just needs the firmware update for the player.

Revi Bennett says:

It does support 4k natively or upscale

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I'd rather get 60fps 720p and put that extra juice into upping polygon counts making the graphics even better :D

neonspark says:

uh excuse me here, excuse me, PC gamer here. Oh you think 1080p is "next gen" ? lol.

rodneyej says:

This must come to WP❗❗❗

Even if not this one, I just want more halo games for WP. It's a selling point of WP as well! But God knows if we ever get another...

rodneyej says:

I bet they reworked that engine so that it can port to WP very easily... If WP gets a version of this then we finally can admit that MS has learned their lesson.

Sounds cool!
MS has been doing some fancy things lately so its not a bad idea to think in that way. I really wish it happens!
*fingers crossed*

TiLoBrown says:

This news would excite me more if the Kinect was still standard

Aashish13 says:

Halo 5 512 mb ram is all we need. Forgot all the small games

This needs to come to windows.

PeterFnet says:

Absolutely.... I miss my days of Halo pc

DesRed says:

At the very least, 343 should release Halo Anniversary for the PC. Maybe Microsoft should lead by example through getting their in-house studios to create the same game for WP, XOne and W8.1 as they kept on promoting their one vision/ecosystem.

Judas20 says:

Halo 3 never came to Windows, so I really doubt that they will release Halo 5 for Windows. I guess I'll just have to buy an Xbox one now

Epic Pie says:

It's happening!

zukirin says:

EXACTLY what I was thinking. I was waiting on a Halo announcement before buying an X1.

Halo 3, 4 and inbetween halo's , will any of them playable on XBOX one, cause I havn't played these, would be buying the Xbox one.

I think it will at some point, Halo 2 ani. is first Coming up this year. And They are still working on the backwards compatibility to play 360 games on the Xbox One. Or Maybe they end up in the store depending on the developers. It's a waiting game if u want to play those on Xone.

RHoudek says:

That single point is what's preventing me from upgrading to a  Xbox One. Way more than a price cut or a kinect-less console, support the library i have for the 360 and i'll upgrade instantly.

I've got the Xbox One and PS4 and kept both last gens on the side like most people I know. Missing out on the big games and better versions of a game. Is just a no for me.

It is Cortana. Combine that pic with last years hints and comics. No doubt It's Cortana "The Chief is finding a way to get Cortana back" "Cortana chip...... Forerunner tech. I wonder?" "I may not Lose it, its to important to save humanity. If that doesn't give it away. Than what is. I'll bet he finds a way to get Cortana in a Didact suit and kick ass with Cortana at his side. Being pissed and all that she was in halo 4.

Demitel says:

I bet, cortana on phone can be use through that game xD

OMG THIS!!!!!!!!!

So I will wait another year with buying the One.

I was thinking the same thing. My PS3 works fine and I have a bunch of games to play. I figured I would upgrade to the next gen when Halo came out since I planned on jumping to XB. I was hoping for a fall 2014 release, but it looks like I will be holding out a little longer...

Let's hope it's worth the wait. So far I have seen next gen only in ads but not on screen.

Same for me unless for some reason my 360 shits out on me or I just get a hell of a deal lol.

WP95 says:

xbox is definetly outperforming the ps4 on the actual game side.

TonyDedrick says:

To be fair, anything can happen between now and Fall of 2015

Tense says:

I don't think it's fair to judge at this point until after E3. Microsoft is probably hoping this pre-E3 announcement will drive Xbox One sales before consumers who are on the edge have a chance to see what Sony's E3 conference will bring. Personally I'm more interested in what Nintendo will be showcasing. But it looks like all three conferences will be interesting this year. This is gonna be a good E3.

Conor Brown says:

More than likely an evolution of the MC, dont forget he was altered in halo 4 with the results of that still not completely understood, its prob forrunner, didact, reclaimer armour of some sort. At least that's my theory :)

SoullessOnyx says:

I literally almost crapped my pants when I saw this.

ShibeTheDoge says:

Cortana doesn't know about this yet...

bsd107 says:

Fall 2015? Ridiculous! TWO YEARS after console launch???? Even Sony was able to get Killzone out by launch - and at least graphically/technically it is no hack port and takes great advantage of the hardware (read the Digital Foundry article on Eurogamer). This is almost like MS doesn't want to sell consoles. First they remove Kinect (and Snap my go in some games, based on developer discussions), then two years from launch for Halo 5? I bought a XBone at launch, but Halo is really the only exclusive game that gives me interest - I can't believe it will take so long for me to justify my purchase.... I've even recently been replaying some XB360 Halo 4 thinking Halo 5 might be out early 2015....

Westoncreg says:

Halo always comes out two years after console launch look at halo 3, it came out in 2007 when the 360 launched in 2005

Ushae says:

Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Sunset Overdrive and Quantum Break all in 2014. Hard not to be impressed by that. If anything a delayed great game is infinitely better than a rushed disappointing game.

Dude they are making a brand new engine to run the game. It needs that long. It will be even more epic. Now calm your damn tits.

lemonsteveo says:

lol killzone.  That's not even comparable.

PeterFnet says:

If they really want to make a splash, release it on PC

4bh1sh3k says:

^^This. +1520
They should release all Halo games for PC, starting from Halo 3.

onysi says:

Halo is a system seller.

rohith513 says:

Even I am from Hyderabad. Good to see you Harish.

NIST says:

Cortana lives!!!

So excited!

And I hope Halo 2 Anniversary comes out this year!

Ushae says:

Microsoft is on fire, holy shit! If they are announcing this now what are they saving for the E3 briefing??

MetaG85 says:

The $399 bundle will Include the Kinect!!!

Xarok says:

"Guardians" sounds like a spin off... Why would they add a sub-title and not just stick to the numbering of the title.


BritDad says:

That's what I was thinking too. Just like Halo 3: ODST.

onysi says:

But why would you put 5, if the official 5 hasn't been released?

ArisKarneris says:

Just like "Metal Gear Solid 5"

I just want all Halo games to be released on PC. And I am another person who will now probably wait til next year to buy a one. Sure looks like they could have used this game this year tho.

Antluv82 says:

I already knew that Halo5
was coming next year

JLP says:

Yes Yes Yes!!

That the game is releasing in 2015, isn't big news. People wouldn't play halo 2 ani. This year. If halo 5 was out in the same month. And its not logical to put it next to Destiny and sunset overdrive. We have The division and the crew. following in Feb/march. Good way to spend time till halo 5.

MetaG85 says:

This title better Utilize Every Ounce of what the Kinect is Worth Damnit!
Microsoft Show these Fuckers Your "Vision"!

TechsUK says:

Character at the top looks pretty forerunner to me.

onysi says:

If that's Cortana's borg body, then Samus has got a huge problem.

ahardin says:

I'm not the only one who thought this would be some kind of crossover.  Maybe Captain Xavier will fly the USS Millenium Falcon through the gates of Mordor and save the Browncoats from Godzilla!

DKXKnight says:

This, the reason I bought an Xbox One.

shut up and take my money!

I like Halo, but I don't want them to rush to release.

JoRdaNeK says:

*spoiler alert* Buzz points upward *spoiler alerts everywhere* can you guys tone the plot give-aways for the new guys

Elvis7 says:

As much as I want to be excited for halo 5... 343 ruined halo 4 and thus the series when they made the online play exactly like call of duty...not to mention butchering the collectors edition and releasing the game with a broken online, custom, etc system.. They do not deserve halo :'(

Tense says:

I've never been a huge Halo fan, but hasn't Halo's specialty always been the campaign? Why does every game need a big, fancy online?

It's funny... I asked Cortana 'Tell me about Halo 5' and she replied, "I'm quite certain you don't have proper security clearance for that information."

Looking forward to Halo 5 though! SO... FAR... AWAY.... :(

odoggyfresh says:

I feel like Phil Spencer and Satya Nadella have been making all of the right corrections/moves since they both got promoted. Microsoft and Xbox have some issues but recently they have been doing the right things IMO. Kinect isn't really catching on unfortunately, so the removal was a good move. Windows/WP 8.1 are pretty legitimate now as well.

badger8080 says:

PC !!!!! Come on why in the world did they stop making them for pc

Tense says:

Because Xbox would have died off early without Halo as an exclusive.

badger8080 says:

titanfall is for both

lemonsteveo says:

I wonder if this will utilise Direct X 12, apparently bringing some huge improvements

deloa84 says:

Oh man this is cool

adamjolin says:

Lkj high vk it jy

bilzkh says:

It's Master Chief with new Forerunner-given armor and - possibly - greatly changed personality. Underneath is a reflection, alluding to Chief's past. His new AI will be a Forerunner-era relic, maybe built by the ancient humans.

SoullessOnyx says:

Nope! Not a Forerunner, the guy on top has the ONI logo on there chest.

Mooncow27 says:

I'll buy the Halo 5 console.

Antluv82 says:

It going Tu have sum Sweet graphic

pompeyladbfp says:

How come no mention of Halo: Master Chief collection on xbox one? Has that not been officially announced yet (nov 14) its halo 1-4

I can't help myself...

117th comment!

Waiting for the game....