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.