Microsoft announces Halo 5: Guardians, coming to Xbox One in 2015

Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced the latest installment in the Halo franchise, called Halo 5: Guardians. Scheduled to hit the Xbox One in the fall of 2015, the game chronicles Master Chief's journey following the events of Halo 4.

343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross mentioned that Halo 5 will be a "bigger effort than Halo 4," and that the upcoming game 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."

Halo 5 will run on a new game engine developed by 343 Industries, with the studio retooling its technology to take full advantage of the next-gen capabilities offered by the Xbox One to "create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen" consoles.

Ross also clarified her statements made during last year's E3 conference: "Many fans noted that I was very deliberate with my phrasing on stage at E3 last year. I spoke about a 'journey,' rather than a destination, and that journey definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step."

Further information regarding Halo 5 will be announced at Xbox E3 2014 media event, which will be held on June 9. In addition to a new Halo game, Microsoft is also working on a live action television series which is being directed by Steven Spielberg. The live action series is also scheduled to launch sometime next fall.

Source: Xbox Wire