If you’re a fan of the Halo franchise across the Xbox game console family, then you’ve likely played through Master Chief’s compelling story of war, heroism, and regret. Now, Microsoft has given us a solid date to look forward to for players to take on the legendary SPARTAN after he’s been branded a traitor.
According to Xbox Wire, Halo 5: Guardians will be releasing exclusively on Xbox One on October 27th, at least a week sooner than expected. The game is the second in the series to be developed solely by 343 Industries, the studio established by Microsoft to specifically handle new entries in the Halo series. Since the franchise has been under their control beginning in 2011, new Halo releases have included Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary on Xbox 360, Halo 4, Halo: Spartan Assault on mobile devices, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. Out of all of these, Halo 4 is the only one exclusively developed by 343, with other developers like Saber Interactive and Vanguard Entertainment pitching in.
To magnify the announcement, Microsoft released two short trailers for the upcoming game, one focusing on Commander Jameson Locke, and one focusing on the Master Chief himself. See them below:
It’s not clear exactly how much time has passed between the events of Halo 4 and those going down in Guardians, but it looks like at least one significant occurrence has taken place if this trailer is any indication. The Master Chief suffered the loss of a very close friend and ally in the last game, and if the game’s original teaser trailer is any indication, then that character will still have a place in the main story for the new installment.
From a developmental standpoint, this game has a bit of a chip on its shoulder already, due to the broken multiplayer component released with Halo: The Master Chief Collection back in November. It’s still not at 100% functionality nearly five months after release, and given the fact that a major game release was allowed to hit stores with a clearly non-functional defining element, 343 Industries has a lot of ground to make up in order to regain the trust of many of its fans and customers. Still, we’ll be able to see if they successfully pull it off when Microsoft releases Halo 5: Guardians on October 27th, 2015.
For more on this as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation.
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