The fifth installment of the Halo franchise, Guardians, will be released next fall. 343 Industries announced the news via Twitter, and general manager Bonnie Ross followed up with a post on Xbox Wire.
"Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4," Ross wrote. "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 developer intends to use the XBO's capabilities to ensure the game "runs at 60 frames per second on dedicated servers with the scope, features and scale we've been dreaming of for more than a decade," Ross added.
Fans can expect more information about the game during Xbox's showcase at E3 this year. Thus far, we know the story will pick up from Halo 4 and find Chief at a crossroads of sorts. "When we left [Chief] in Halo 4, he's in a really challenging position. He's questioning many things he once firmly believed were true. He's lost his best friend, he's questioning his past and his purpose, he's questioning who he is fighting for," said Ross in an interview with The Guardian. "For us this is a really interesting point. For the first time, he's questioning everything he's done for the UNSC in the past. Just as with past titles, we're being really open about the fact that we want to tell this story over more than one game–this is about Master Chief's journey; it's about his past and his future."
The early cover art for the title shows a blue-visored character standing opposite Master Chief, and many have theorized it is Cortana or Palmer. But executive producer Josh Holmes squashed those rumors via Twitter. "For everyone speculating about the mysterious Spartan in Halo 5: Guardians, he's not Palmer (or Cortana!). He's a new character," wrote Holmes.
In related news, the Spielberg-produced Halo TV series will also be released in the fall of 2015.
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