Looking Forward to Halo 5?
Halo 4 has arrived and many of us have done our initial campaign runs and replayed it several times and enjoyed hours upon hours of Multi-player. And while we may be well versed in the rich lore that Halo 4 has to offer, we know that the Reclaimer trilogy is just getting started. Halo 5 may be a few years away, on a new generation of X-Box hardware, but many diehard fans and Halo’s Developer, 343 Industries are looking into the future.
In a recent Halo Bulletin from 343 Industries, Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor wrote, “We made a lot of mistakes. We can do better. And we know this, and we will.” And, he added that work on the next Halo title has already begun. It goes without saying that Halo 5 will have amazing graphics, as it will be running on “X-Box Next”. But what about the new story that began in Halo 4? There are a few hints as to the direction Halo 5 will take. It is said to be the “Darkest” entry in the Halo series thus far, of course this could mean a number of things going forward.
So, how can we prepare for Halo 5 when it is likely two to three years away? Like Halo 4, all Halo fiction released between now and Halo 5’s release will likely tie in with the plot. Halo: Silentium, Greg Bear’s final entry in the Forerunner Saga, available on March 19th, 2013 will hopefully shed some light on the Prometheans and perhaps the Flood-Precursor relation. It should answer these and other burning questions and provide links with Halo 5. Karen Traviss’ final entry in the Kilo 5 trilogy should also help in that regard. And finally, the second half of Spartan Ops Season one will continue to shape the Halo universe, and will provide the best indication as to where the Reclaimer Trilogy is headed in Halo 5. Spartan Ops season one continues next week on 1/21/13.