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'Halo 5' officially titled 'Guardians' but it's not coming until 2015

Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5: Guardians
Photo courtesy of Microsoft, used with permission

343 Industries finally gave details on “Halo 5” for the Xbox One early Friday. The announcement confirmed one rumor and gave credence to another.

The official name of the next “Halo” title is “Halo 5: Guardians” and will not launch until the fall of 2015. 343 Industries General Manager Bonnie Ross described it as a “massive and exciting project” on Xbox Wire before going into a little about the details of the game.

“’Halo 5: Guardians’ is a bigger effort than ‘Halo 4,’” Ross wrote. “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. 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.”

“It’s a game that will hopefully demonstrate the talent, learnings and abilities of the 343 Industries team. A game that will incorporate the things we learned from ‘Halo 4’ 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.”

There are several rumors surrounding what kind of game ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ will be. One of the more interesting ones is that it may be an open-world game. What Master Chief’s involvement will be in the story is definitely now an open question as the key art released for the game shows him as a mere reflection to the Spartan IV soldier standing above the logo.

That still leaves the question of what is planned for this year when it comes to “Halo.” There’s the Ridley Scott digital feature and the Steven Spielberg produced TV series but 343 Industries did tease that the “journey” starts next year. Ross didn’t explicitly answer that question but did say, “that journey definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step.” Whether that leap is “Halo 2: Anniversary” or the rumored AAA “Halo” title set in the “Halo” universe is unknown at this point.