Microsoft unveiled a new cinematic teaser for the Creative Assembly developed sequel to 2010’s Halo Wars. Along with the new teaser, the game’s release date was announced. Halo Wars 2 will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10 on February 21, 2017. Players anxious to see what the game will offer can get a taste of Halo Wars 2 with the game’s week-long open beta which is now live on Xbox Live.
Neill Blomkamp has a history with Halo: he was attached as the director of the Peter Jackson produced Halo film that fell apart some years back and he directed the live action Halo 3 promotional film. He knows the universe and his style is a perfect fit for the Haloverse. That said, it’s very exciting that Blomkamp may be directing the première episode of the Halo television series that was announced for Xbox One. While this has yet to be officially confirmed, the thought of a Blomkamp directed episode of the Halo TV series is exciting.
Halo for the Xbox one has been confirmed for a 2014 release. The game was announced at this past E3 as simply “Halo” and Microsoft states that the reason we haven’t heard a confirmation regarding a release window for the next entry in the Halo saga is due to the newest game not having an official title just yet – suggesting Microsoft doesn’t want to commit to Halo 5 for the Chief’s next battle.
Halo 4 was originally announced as the beginning of the Reclaimer Trilogy by 343 Industries, but that idea has apparently been expanded to a “saga.” The next entry in the Halo franchise was recently announced at this year’s E3 featuring a cloaked figure in a wasteland–with the cloaked figure being revealed as, gasp, Master Chief. 343 has specified that this is the next “legitimate” entry in the franchise and is expected for Xbox One in 2014.
With the expansion of the trilogy into a saga, it makes me wonder if we should expect to see more numbered entries in the franchise set in the current story arc or if we’ll be given a few spin-offs between the numbered entries. Personally, I’d love to see the brand expand beyond the FPS genre in the future. I loved Halo Wars and would love to see another Halo RTS. A controller-based RTS game with SmartGlass and Kinect enhanced features would be phenomenal, I think.
The Haloverse is a wonderful place just begging to be expanded in other genres–especially ones more welcoming to more robust storytelling–so I’d really like to see it step back out of its comfort zone and explore new gaming territories. Whatever 343 has planned for the future of the franchise, I’m sure it’s exciting.
Microsoft’s next Halo game is heading to Xbox One. The reveal began with a cloaked figure wandering a desolate wasteland. This figure was later revealed to be the one and only Spartan 117: Master Chief. A cryptic reveal with some non-information shared after the teaser. The game will be an FPS, feature the Chief, and run at 60 frames per second.
Dark Horse Comics will be releasing a new Halo comic miniseries. Titled Halo: Initiation, the series will follow Spartan IV Sarah Palmer in her ODST days and will chronicle her service in becoming the first Spartan IV commander; her character was first introduced in Halo 4. Halo: Initiation is being written by Brian Reed who previously worked on the comic book adaptation of Halo: Fall of Reach as well as the screenplay for Halo 4.
In other Halo news, Epic Games’ global marketing lead Kendall Boyd has parted with Epic in order to work at Microsoft Studios as the Director of Halo Global Marketing. He has shipped over 35 games at Epic as well as EA Sports and THQ.