First concept art from Halo 5 Guardians released, game will use new graphics engine

A few hours ago, Microsoft officially announced that the title of their first original Halo game for the Xbox One console will be Halo 5: Guardians. Now, the official Halo website has posted the first concept artwork for the game along with a few more hints about what players can expect when it comes out in the fall of 2015.

In a post on the Halo Waypoint blog, Microsoft's Frank O'Connor included the concept art piece as part of his update on the game. It shows what looks like a highly technological civilization on a desert planet, which is certainly keeping with the art style of what has been revealed already for Halo 5: Guardians.

O'Connor also confirmed that developer 343 Industries made the decision to release the game three years after the successful 2012 launch of Halo 4 for the Xbox 360. Originally, Microsoft has announced that the game would be out in the fall of 2014. He added:

But we’re not just making a new game in that three year span, we’re also making a new engine. During the development of Halo 4, we pushed the Xbox 360 and the engine to its limits, and we were happy with the way we were able to make the Halo universe look. The Xbox 360 still has a few tricks up its sleeve, even now. We are moving to a whole new platform with the Xbox One – a new architecture, new graphics hardware and bluntly some new ways to think about gaming, period.

More details about Halo 5 will be revealed in just a few weeks at E3 2014. There are also rumors that Microsoft may announce plans for an Xbox One graphical remake of Halo 2 to be released this fall.

Source: Halo Waypoint | Image via Microsoft

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Of course this was something most people would have guessed already. Glad it's official. Now I'm wondering if the engine will be roughly the same, something like what they did with Fifa 14 360 vs xbox one version, or hopefully it will be only for xbox one, that way we get a great first look at next gen development tools

suprNOVA said,
Of course this was something most people would have guessed already. Glad it's official. Now I'm wondering if the engine will be roughly the same, something like what they did with Fifa 14 360 vs xbox one version, or hopefully it will be only for xbox one, that way we get a great first look at next gen development tools

I guarantee it'll be Xbox One only, for sales reasons and to show off the platforms capabilities. No 360/PC

Never been a fan of the halo series, but I do want to see what DX12 can do to push the envelop of future game engines.

neonspark said,
timed flawlessly with DX12. pretty much the showcase title for DX capable devices like PCs and consoles.

very thrilled, using the dx12 and commented on learning from fan feedback regarding multiplayer is great news. I'm sure the story will be fun, hopefully the scope they discussed is put to great use.

neonspark said,
timed flawlessly with DX12. pretty much the showcase title for DX capable devices like PCs and consoles.

Isn't 2015 simply when it's available to devs? They're making Halo 5 right now, it's too soon for DX12 surely?

McKay said,

Isn't 2015 simply when it's available to devs? They're making Halo 5 right now, it's too soon for DX12 surely?

They said that "DX12 games are targeted for fall 2015", DX12 itself is probably in early beta right now but the final will come around the release of the next Windows version which people are expecting to be spring 2015, so April-May like how we got update 1 for 8.1.

You can code the new engine to work with a beta version of DX12 now, to get started, and then optimize more with the final version in the last 2 or so months before the game comes out, which is probably going to be in November like most Halo games.

I heard Cortana will be uploaded in a robotic mljornir and become a playable character. Samus has got a competition.

Edited by Andrew, May 17 2014, 12:46pm :

If Cortana comes back, those fragments of her on the Didact's ship will be key. Maybe the Librarian has some involvement as well

Isn't she made of up of living tissue? I think it's possible for her to be in a Mjolnir. Reminds me of Gundam 00: Season 2 where the inovades can reprocess themselves after bodily death to their conscious being linked with Veda.

I think whoever's in that new armor in the new wallpaper could be that one woman who's spoken to Chief before on Infinity. One of the new Spartan IV soldiers.

Cortana will be part of the OS, so you will interact with her using Kinect and your Windows Phone. If you don't have either, no Cortana.

Antoine Prince said,
thanks for the spoiler. I just finished halo 3 with tears coming out of me.

i'm sry bb lemme mek it up 2 u

Mr.XXIV said,

i'm sry bb lemme mek it up 2 u

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