Halo 5: Guardians Coming for Xbox One in Fall 2015 - Update

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Halo 5: Guardians Coming for Xbox One in Fall 2015 - Update

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343 Industries reveals its next foray into the Halo universe, to be built specifically for Microsoft's next-gen console.

Update: Added art.

With Microsoft's launch of the Xbox One, it was only a matter of time before the next installment in the Halo franchise would be unveiled. And with E3 coming next month, 343 Industries felt it was the appropriate time to take some of the wrapping off Halo 5: Guardians.

OK, well, not too much wrapping, other than the name and that it was coming sometime in the fall of 2015 exclusively for the Xbox One. The studio and Microsoft have promised more at E3.

"Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4," 343 Industries General Manager Bonnie Gross said in a statement. "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."

The title provides for some interesting speculation. There has never been a race in the Halo universe called The Guardians. However, anytime players have been killed in a way that can't be explained by the game, the death has been attributed to "The Guardians." In Halo 3, kills by the plasma turrets on the Snowbound map, the watchtowers on Sandbox and landmines on Sandtrap were also attributed to the Guardians. The phrase "[player] was killed by The Guardians" has been used in every Halo FPS since Halo: Combat Evolved.

Halo 5 is also the next installment of the Reclaimer saga, started with Halo 4 after 343 took the franchise over from Bungie. At E3 last year, Master Chief was shown walking in a desert and then confronted by a big mechanical winged creature. Is that a Guardian? Microsoft's Phil Spencer said at the time that the video was a "thought piece" by 343 on where Spartan 117 was in his journey after the end of Halo 4 and not to be confused with Halo 5. We'll know soon enough of Spencer was blowing smoke or if 343 turned that thought piece into reality.

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Well it looks like Halo 2: Anniversary is a very distinct possibilty at this point. If I was a gambling man I'd put money on it being at E3.

This may sound like nitpicking but I enjoy watching E3 without knowing what I was going to see and let them try to suprise me. Now with Far Cry 4 and Halo 5 (even though we already somewhat knew about it) I just hope this doesnt become a bigger trend.

I don't have high hopes, as I found Halo 4 to be just bland in comparison. Though, I'd like to see this as a broken, lost Master Chief. His war is over, he's lost anyone he could call a friend, and he just doesn't know what to do. I'd like that just because it'd be a curve ball. No one would see that game coming.

It looks like Halo meets metal gear
Maybe its me.

I'm sorry, but... Halo 5: Guardians. This is the next chapter for Master Chief, and...

Guardians.

Is there a problem with just Halo 5? That worked the last 4 times, why change it now?

josemlopes:
This may sound like nitpicking but I enjoy watching E3 without knowing what I was going to see and let them try to suprise me. Now with Far Cry 4 and Halo 5 (even though we already somewhat knew about it) I just hope this doesnt become a bigger trend.

Agreed, seems like less and less E3 is about big reveals, and more about showing you more of what we already know. My hope is that what we will get this year is big reveals of new IP. They can tell me as much as they want about upcoming sequel as long as there are some nice new ip reveals.

CalPal:
I'm sorry, but... Halo 5: Guardians. This is the next chapter for Master Chief, and...

Guardians.

Is there a problem with just Halo 5? That worked the last 4 times, why change it now?

Welcome to the new gen, and the developers trying to include anyone that may not have played some of the older games. Not shocking that we already seen Killzone: Shadowfall, Infamous Second Son and now Halo Gaurdians. I'm sure there are statistics out there that show a game sells better if there isn't a number at the end. I'd expect the same for the next Gears, God of War and Uncharted games as well.

That trailer did make me laugh, I have to be honest. The Chief's trudging through a desert, wearing a battered cloth robe on top of his near-invulnerable power armour that heals his wounds, allows him to breathe in space and regulates his body temperature. There is literally no reason for that robe except for the bit where he throws it back to reveal his helmet. It's very, very silly.

First Halo Game I don't care about.
Campaign of Halo 4 was just terrible compared to Reach.
Prometheans added nothing good to the game (weapons, vehicles or enemies) and the AI was tethered in place so that each enemy never left their little circle.

Anachronism:
That trailer did make me laugh, I have to be honest. The Chief's trudging through a desert, wearing a battered cloth robe on top of his near-invulnerable power armour that heals his wounds, allows him to breathe in space and regulates his body temperature. There is literally no reason for that robe except for the bit where he throws it back to reveal his helmet. It's very, very silly.

I suspect that there will be explanation for that
Few possible
1)It can actually be broken (just check his visor)
2)Without power it doesn't function (maybe power cells failed)
3)Something about environment that is bad for armor (sometimes sand is worse that open space)

wolfehound22:
I'm sure there are statistics out there that show a game sells better if there isn't a number at the end. I'd expect the same for the next Gears, God of War and Uncharted games as well.

They already went there with God of War: Ascension and Gears of War: Judgement, funnily enough if thats the theory behind adding a name instead of using a number it didn't work for either of those games. They where both the worst selling in the series by a large margin (PSP God of War games excluded, even some of those outsold Ascension though) as fans of both seemed burned out with the series and didn't attract all that many new players.

josemlopes:
This may sound like nitpicking but I enjoy watching E3 without knowing what I was going to see and let them try to suprise me. Now with Far Cry 4 and Halo 5 (even though we already somewhat knew about it) I just hope this doesnt become a bigger trend.

E3s of old had surprises because the world wasn't nearly as connected as it is now. It's a lot harder to keep secrets these days. Someone will leak it. And sources are always salivating to be the one to bring you that hot new piece of news on what to expect. We're an information hungry society that love gossip in one form or another. Everyone wants to be the one to bring you the "breaking details" in order to get the views that lead to advertising dollars that lead to better paychecks. That's not going to go away. Not in an industry that thrives on hype and interest.

blackrave:

Anachronism:
That trailer did make me laugh, I have to be honest. The Chief's trudging through a desert, wearing a battered cloth robe on top of his near-invulnerable power armour that heals his wounds, allows him to breathe in space and regulates his body temperature. There is literally no reason for that robe except for the bit where he throws it back to reveal his helmet. It's very, very silly.

I suspect that there will be explanation for that
Few possible
1)It can actually be broken (just check his visor)
2)Without power it doesn't function (maybe power cells failed)
3)Something about environment that is bad for armor (sometimes sand is worse that open space)

And those explanations are flimsy, IMO. The rob was for aesthetics/the reveal. That thing is not doing anything to protect him from the elements, only to protect his identity for the "dun dun dun! It's Master Chief" reveal. Everything about that trailer was campy: "unknown, shrouded figure walking through the desert, clinging to some cryptic relic of their past. Some ominous, monumental challenge rises (in this case, literally) in front of them. They casually raise their unflinching gaze to stare it down. Reveal! It was Master Chief/Nathan Drake/Kratos/Link/Samus Aran/Marcus Fenix/Solid Snake this entire time!"

2) If the suit doesn't function, why keep wearing it? That suit wasn't designed with comfort in mind. Is the shroud providing some necessary function that the suit no longer can?

3) Sand is not a threat to their armor. It's a battle suit. It wasn't designed with an "I hope he never has to fight on a beach, or in a desert" limitation.

tdylan:

blackrave:

Anachronism:
That trailer did make me laugh, I have to be honest. The Chief's trudging through a desert, wearing a battered cloth robe on top of his near-invulnerable power armour that heals his wounds, allows him to breathe in space and regulates his body temperature. There is literally no reason for that robe except for the bit where he throws it back to reveal his helmet. It's very, very silly.

I suspect that there will be explanation for that
Few possible
1)It can actually be broken (just check his visor)
2)Without power it doesn't function (maybe power cells failed)
3)Something about environment that is bad for armor (sometimes sand is worse that open space)

And those explanations are flimsy, IMO. The rob was for aesthetics/the reveal. That thing is not doing anything to protect him from the elements, only to protect his identity for the "dun dun dun! It's Master Chief" reveal. Everything about that trailer was campy: "unknown, shrouded figure walking through the desert, clinging to some cryptic relic of their past. Some ominous, monumental challenge rises (in this case, literally) in front of them. They casually raise their unflinching gaze to stare it down. Reveal! It was Master Chief/Nathan Drake/Kratos/Link/Samus Aran/Marcus Fenix/Solid Snake this entire time!"

2) If the suit doesn't function, why keep wearing it? That suit wasn't designed with comfort in mind. Is the shroud providing some necessary function that the suit no longer can?

3) Sand is not a threat to their armor. It's a battle suit. It wasn't designed with an "I hope he never has to fight on a beach, or in a desert" limitation.

1)I totally agree that actual reason was aesthetics.
2)Various reasons- maybe it still provides some defense (armor plates are still there, even if thermoregulation and rebreather isn't working anymore) or nostalgia (he was wearing this suit for whole of his life), or both
3)Oh, sand is threat to present-day vehicles (military and civilian), and as this power armor is half vehicle I assume sandstorm would be damaging for it for the same reasons. To quote one emo jedi: "I hate sand, it gets everywhere."

2015? Yeah, Microsoft practically HAS to announce Halo 2 Anniversary to tie fans over. I just don't see all those Halo fans sticking to Sunset Overdrive as their balm of choice to ease the wait.

Let's see. The next Halo game is called Guardians. The next Marvel movie is called Guardians of the Galaxy. Now some times that franchise gets shortened to Guardians. They guy who voices Master Chief also voiced Starlord in the animated Avengers series....! Oh my god! Master Chief is Peter Quill and Half Life 3 is somehow confirmed (and if i need to explain how i proved that you clearly weren't paying attention.)

Yeah, throw my hat in with those who facepalmed at the fact that MC is wearing a hooded cloak...I mean what the actual fuck. As others before me have pointed out: it serves NO purpose whatsoever except to give MC that "mysterious wanderer" look. News Flash: MC is already wearing power armor, he doesn't need any further protection from the frickin' desert!

blackrave:

Anachronism:
That trailer did make me laugh, I have to be honest. The Chief's trudging through a desert, wearing a battered cloth robe on top of his near-invulnerable power armour that heals his wounds, allows him to breathe in space and regulates his body temperature. There is literally no reason for that robe except for the bit where he throws it back to reveal his helmet. It's very, very silly.

I suspect that there will be explanation for that
Few possible
1)It can actually be broken (just check his visor)
2)Without power it doesn't function (maybe power cells failed)
3)Something about environment that is bad for armor (sometimes sand is worse that open space)

Just throwing it out there, but maybe he wanted to blend in as one of the "locals"? I have no inside info, but that was just my initial thought. Wouldn't be the first time that characters have tried to hide in plain sight. And if his armor was indeed damaged as the visor may indicate, even more reason to cover up since the option of going full Spartan on his enemies may be limited.

Regarding the Update Art:
Well, that's some shiny new armour...
But it had better not be shiny new armour for the Chief because, well, frankly - that new helmet doesn't look like the Chief!

Is that a female master chief on the artwork? err I guess a female spartan I should say. I dunno but for some reason it says "female to me" and the blue glow makes me think Cortana for some reason.

synobal:
Is that a female master chief on the artwork? err I guess a female spartan I should say. I dunno but for some reason it says "female to me" and the blue glow makes me think Cortana for some reason.

I would not at all be surprised if that is Cortana or some version of cortana. Also female Spartans are nothing new.

Huh well not a very original title but nothing bad about it IMO

What's really interesting is the new Spartan figure in the pictures.

I originally thought it was some other Spartan sent to hunt the Master Chief down since at this point I believe he has gone rogue. But as others have pointed out that blue glow does give off a Cortana vibe.

However, the Spartan is carrying a battle rifle which gives me the feeling that he/she/it is UNSC. So my guess it that maybe the UNSC/ONI managed to create some kind of replica of Cortana, and have sent it to find the Master Chief.

Well, it'll be interesting to see what else Microsoft plans to unveil in the near future with regards to Halo 5.

If they're building this game up on a brand new engine, can 343 please redesign their terrible looking Spartan 4s? The ones in Halo 4 looked like starving africans thrown into power armor two times too big for their stick limbs.

A bigger effort than Halo 4? Well I guess that means they're putting in actual effort then!

I hate 343's new take on the series and their reliance on coincidence, deus ex machina and crap villains that they pulled out of their arse. I certainly hope the "Guardians" don't appear in this game, because they've always just been a joke.

A Halo 2 anniversary seems mandatory now with that release date, that'll be the only guaranteed way to get money from me to be given to 343.

John Keefer:
Just throwing it out there, but maybe he wanted to blend in as one of the "locals"? I have no inside info, but that was just my initial thought. Wouldn't be the first time that characters have tried to hide in plain sight. And if his armor was indeed damaged as the visor may indicate, even more reason to cover up since the option of going full Spartan on his enemies may be limited.

Isn't he supposed to be like 7-9 feet tall though? Those would have to be some big locals.

I was certain this was a side game like ODST since it had a subtitle, guess not. Subtitles are nice and all, but for main Halo games I feel like it's better just to have Halo # as the title.

Anyway, I hope when they say talk about greater scope, they mean a bigger single player campaign. I feel like the biggest Halo fans are in it for the stories and the universe, it would make sense to cater to them as opposed to the online multiplayer component. Though Microsoft probably would not allow them to skimp on multiplayer either. :/

Issac, is that you?
OT: pretty bummed that it's xbone exclusive, no love for 360.

Slycne:

John Keefer:
Just throwing it out there, but maybe he wanted to blend in as one of the "locals"? I have no inside info, but that was just my initial thought. Wouldn't be the first time that characters have tried to hide in plain sight. And if his armor was indeed damaged as the visor may indicate, even more reason to cover up since the option of going full Spartan on his enemies may be limited.

Isn't he supposed to be like 7-9 feet tall though? Those would have to be some big locals.

Depends, what kind of locals are we talking about? Elites and Brutes are roughly the same height as a suited up Spartan II and there are probably other alien races in the Halo universe we don't know of yet.

Also the cloak could just be a means to hide from aerial drones or satellites, and not an on the ground up close inspection.

J Tyran:

wolfehound22:
I'm sure there are statistics out there that show a game sells better if there isn't a number at the end. I'd expect the same for the next Gears, God of War and Uncharted games as well.

They already went there with God of War: Ascension and Gears of War: Judgement, funnily enough if thats the theory behind adding a name instead of using a number it didn't work for either of those games. They where both the worst selling in the series by a large margin (PSP God of War games excluded, even some of those outsold Ascension though) as fans of both seemed burned out with the series and didn't attract all that many new players.

Well that may be the issue more than the name, simply burning out on a particular series. I think the name change may have something to do with attracting new gamers, but yea after this many, who's to say if it will sell great anyways.

That guy with the blue visor sure looks slender for a man in space armour.

*Looks closer*

Is... Is that a man?!

Zetatrain:
Depends, what kind of locals are we talking about? Elites and Brutes are roughly the same height as a suited up Spartan II and there are probably other alien races in the Halo universe we don't know of yet.

Also the cloak could just be a means to hide from aerial drones or satellites, and not an on the ground up close inspection.

Speculations and complaints of silliness aside, on some level I think it just is what it is. That trailer premiered over a stream live, so it wasn't titled and they needed a way to hide the reveal of "Surprise it's Master Chief".

Slycne:

Zetatrain:
Depends, what kind of locals are we talking about? Elites and Brutes are roughly the same height as a suited up Spartan II and there are probably other alien races in the Halo universe we don't know of yet.

Also the cloak could just be a means to hide from aerial drones or satellites, and not an on the ground up close inspection.

Speculations and complaints of silliness aside, on some level I think it just is what it is. That trailer premiered over a stream live, so it wasn't titled and they needed a way to hide the reveal of "Surprise it's Master Chief".

And I have no doubt that was why they added cloak, and any in game explanation we get later on will have probably come after the decision was made to give the Chief a cloak.

Good, Halo 4 was soulless. New enemy sucked, new weapons sucked and the levels were bland and some felt copied from previous games. Personally i would prefer more larger out door levels on bigger epic battles.

Hazy992:
Well it looks like Halo 2: Anniversary is a very distinct possibilty at this point. If I was a gambling man I'd put money on it being at E3.

This one comment made me way, way more excited than all of the information on Halo 5 combined.

Halo has been my absolute favorite series for a long time, but I couldn't be less interested in 5. 4 wasn't bad, but it was utterly bland, uninteresting and retroactively made the Halo universe worse.

The Guardians is a fittingly bland title for what will probably be another mediocre game.

The prospect of a Halo 2: Anniversary announcement, however, is completely awesome.

"Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4,"

This implies that Halo 4 was a large effort to begin with, which it certainly wasn't. It actually felt greatly scaled down from Halo: Reach.

Anyways, if they're using Halo 4 as the bench mark, than I may as well not get hyped for this at all. Halo 4 fucking sucked, and any attempt to make Halo 5 any good should begin with jettisoning the entirety of the Halo 4 design and start from scratch. I also have zero faith in 343 as a development house, and believe the entire team should also be jettisoned for turning Halo into CoD.

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Hazy992:
Well it looks like Halo 2: Anniversary is a very distinct possibilty at this point. If I was a gambling man I'd put money on it being at E3.

Unless they include the Halo 2 multiplayer entirely unmolested (fat chance. They'll probably just staple the Halo 4 multiplayer like the usually do), then they can keep their remake. The multiplayer was easily the greatest thing about that game, and if I remember correctly, the campaign was actually rather 'meh'.

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