Today, Bonnie Ross who is 343 Industries’ general manager posted on Xbox Wire the details of the future of the Halo franchise, and more importantly, has officially announced that the Master Chief will make his long-awaited return on Xbox One .
“I’m happy to reveal that “Halo 5: Guardians,” the next installment in the legendary saga of the Master Chief, will launch on Xbox One in fall of 2015. In the tradition of every “Halo” game since its debut in 2001, it is a massive and exciting project.”
Ross mentions in her blog post that “Halo 5: Guardians” is a bigger effort than “Halo 4”, applying to not only the scope and content of the game, but in the technology behind a brand new, more powerful engine. For each subsequent iteration in the Halo franchise it has always been about further expanding the universe, making the adventure grander than before, and the enemies even more sinister. “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”.
Halo 5’s debut trailer at last year’s E3 said that “2014: Your Journey Begins” and after the spine-tingling trailer, Bonnie Ross herself went up stage and made the following statement that “In 2014, Halo combat will truly evolve, and your journey with Halo on Xbox One begins.” If you noticed, she wasn’t talking about Halo 5. “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. We’ll give you much more information about our plans for this year at the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing on June 9, and we’re confident that “Halo” fans will be pretty excited about the special plans we have in store.”
Click to enlarge the first piece of Halo 5: Guardians concept Art!
If all the rumors can be believed then the possibility of Halo 2: Anniversary is looking more and more likely. But we’ll just have to wait till June 9 when Microsoft starts off E3 2014. You can tune-in to the Microsoft E3 press conference via live stream starting at 9 AM PT (11 AM CT) on xbox.com, Xbox LIVE, or on a Windows device such as Surface or Windows Phone.