Microsoft announces 'Halo 5: Guardians', coming Autumn 2015

Microsoft today announced that the next installment in the Halo franchise is coming next year. The latest episode in the adventures of Master Chief will be called 'Halo 5: Guardians', and will launch exclusively on the Xbox One in Autumn 2015. 

The game was first teased at E3 last year, and a reference to it appeared in a recent Microsoft video on the design of the Xbox One. As previously promised, the game's developers, Microsoft's own 343 Industries, today said that the game will run "at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we've been dreaming of for more than a decade." 

343's general manager, Bonnie Ross, said today that 'Guardians' is a "massive and exciting project", adding that the new title is "a bigger effort than 'Halo 4'. 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." 

Ross also said that Halo 5 will incorporate many lessons learned from its predecessor "about technology, aesthetics, performance and scale - and perhaps more importantly, understanding and embracing a community of gamers who love what lies at the heart of this game, and the limitless potential of the 'Halo' universe." 

The teaser trailer from E3 2013, shown above, has been the closest we've got to the new title until now, although today's announcement isn't exactly loaded with details about the game itself. 

It's going to be a long, long wait between now and Fall 2015, but in the mean time, you can whet your appetite for the new game further by staring at its box: 

images via Microsoft

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damn, are they going to save anything for E3. If they didn't save this for the press conference, I wonder what they will have for it.

Good. Now I have a year and a half to buy an Xbox One. Unless of course the Halo 2 anniversary edition turns out to be true.

DaveGreen93 said,
Why are all the games getting revealed before E3. I love the suspense of watching it :(

This way they can save other big announcements for E3 :) they already said they have a load of stuff ;-)

Jarrichvdv said,

A new character that is going to be introduced?

I'd say it's more likely he's getting a new suit. I assume he's playing a different role than soldier at this point.

OOOOOOFFFFFFFF YEAH YEAH! NEXT YEAR!!!!
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

This means that they will have time to polish the game

This means that this year will be receiving the anniversary edition :)

I just hope the multliplayer comes from all the learning they did with Halo 4.

Their more invested in selling xboxs and you cant blame them for that. And it gives pc gamers one less thing to talk down to console gamers about. PC gets better looking games and consoles get just better games... given some might of been even better on pc but that doesnt sell consoles does it!? lol

Houtei said,
Their more invested in selling xboxs and you cant blame them for that. And it gives pc gamers one less thing to talk down to console gamers about. PC gets better looking games and consoles get just better games... given some might of been even better on pc but that doesnt sell consoles does it!? lol
Better games? Playing first-person shooters with low visual fidelity and a controller is not my idea of "better". As for the gameplay, both Halo and Halo 2 were released on PC and they were below average when compared to other PC first-person shooters. There's no doubt they would have been better games if they were designed with PC in mind.

j2006 said,
That's hilarious and only proves my point.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Microsoft has given up even trying to pretend it cares about PC gamers.

In the past you were right. You still are probably right now. However, they have been ramping up their support for pc gaming in words at least. I will believe it when I see it though ;).

theyarecomingforyou said,
Better games? Playing first-person shooters with low visual fidelity and a controller is not my idea of "better". As for the gameplay, both Halo and Halo 2 were released on PC and they were below average when compared to other PC first-person shooters. There's no doubt they would have been better games if they were designed with PC in mind.

That's hilarious and only proves my point.

Its all just opinions though. You like keyboards and mice and I like controllers. The graphic "fidelity" has more pull with you than me. When it comes down to it a game released multiplat almost always outsells pc. Also what i meant by better games is you NEVER hear console gamers saying "what about consoles!?" because theres not any game that consoles dont get these days but there plenty that the pc crowd wines about not getting. I also admitted that to some it would be a "better" game if it were on pc but its not. I spend easily 500 a year upgrading my pc to keep it cutting edge but i still prefer a controller which is why i use a x360 controller on my pc.

Houtei said,
Also what i meant by better games is you NEVER hear console gamers saying "what about consoles!?" because theres not any game that consoles dont get these days but there plenty that the pc crowd wines about not getting.
There are lots of games released for PlayStation that aren't released on Xbox and vice-versa - you can't simply conflate the two when talking about platform exclusives. The PC has its own share of exclusives as well.