Once upon a time, the Halo series of video games was the biggest and best series since the brothers Mario stomped their way across the Mushroom Kingdom. Halo: Reach was one of the biggest hits in video game history (making $200 million in a single day!) before being supplanted by Call of Duty: Ghosts. More importantly than its sales numbers, Halo was a big driver in causing the Microsoft Xbox and the later Xbox 360 to become must-have gaming systems, kind of like a more murdery version of Sonic the Hedgehog. with a new Xbox comes a new Halo to match. Halo 5: Guardians will be coming in autumn 2015.
“When you move to a new console, it is a transitionary period that lets you review your situation,” said Frank O’Connor, development director for 343 Industries. “In the case of Xbox One and Halo 5: Guardians, we’re building a bigger game and we’re building it on a completely new architecture. The engine has been completely retooled from the ground up to take full advantage of the Xbox One, both the power of the machine itself, but the infrastructure of Xbox Live.
Don’t worry, Halo 5 will continue to have the soul of a Halo game, whatever that might mean, and I doubt Master Chief’s iconic look will change at all, no matter how many frames per second (60) the game will run on next-gen Microsoft hardware. They will be doing a completely new engine to improve performance, and there will also be a tie-in Halo TV series as well as remastered versions of Halos I through 4.
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