343 Industries confirms Halo 5 as an Xbox One Exclusive, launching in fall 2015
As if E3 wasn’t becoming more and more antiquated, 343 Industries joins Activision in announcing large titles before the event. The studio has confirmed that the new Halo trilogy will be exclusive to the Xbox One, and 343 Industries has given the game a “fall 2015” launch window.
Microsoft made the surprise announcement earlier today, the new game will be called ‘Halo 5 Guardians,’ although the game began on Xbox 360, the series will be leaving the old console behind so that the development team can focus on the next-generation platform only.
In a statement sent to the press earlier today, the developers talked about the upcoming game, as well as the expectations set out by fans and the publisher:
“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.
It’s a game that will hopefully demonstrate the talent, learnings and abilities of the 343 Industries team. A game that 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.
And 2015 won’t simply be the year of “Halo 5: Guardians,” it will also be a year that offers us a unique opportunity. The opportunity to invite old friends and new audiences into that universe through the “Halo” television series, launched as a unique collaboration with Steven Spielberg and some of the finest creative minds in the business. A series that will stand alone, as well as complement and enrich the game experience. We’ll have more to share on the “Halo” television series as we near its projected fall 2015 release.
More information on the game, the brand and the TV series will be revealed at E3 2014 in June.