Halo is, without a doubt, one of the best selling franchises to grace the Xbox console and that looks set to continue well into the future. Bungie may have jumped ship but with 343 Industries now firmly on board there is no telling where this much-loved series will end. With the Xbox One console now confirmed, we thought we would delve into the Halo of the future, complete with improved graphics, improved AI and compelling plotlines.
Halo – Past and Present
The Halo timeline now spans more than ten years, with the first game of the original trilogy having been released in November, 2001. Unsurprisingly things have come a long way since that game's humble beginnings, though through every title bearing the Halo branding some staples from this original foray into the world of the Covenant and the Spartans have remained. Any future Halo ventures will undoubtedly have us enjoying combat scenarios across diverse terrain both on foot and in a range of different vehicles for example, while we can certainly expect our arsenal of weapons to be limited to two (plus grenades) at any given time.
While the original Halo: Combat Evolved introduced us to the intricate story of the Halo universe, today it tends to be the engrossing online multiplayer that keeps us enthralled. Halo was first connected to the World Wide Web through Xbox Live in the year 2004 upon release of the second game in the original trilogy, Halo 2. The incredible success of this online matchmaking has led to its incorporation and expansion in every subsequent release; something sure to continue into Halo 4, 5 and 6.
Our love of Halo was only heightened with the release of Halo 3, where first we were introduced to the concept of the Forge – a tool that we could use to actually create our own levels for multiplayer. The story running through the original three games also culminated here in Halo 3, leaving us as Master Chief floating through space with only the artificial intelligence of Cortana to keep us company. Sounds like the perfect finish for a 'Coming Soon' screen, and even though Bungie opted to develop some spin-offs to the main plotline with Halo 3: ODST set in the time between Halo 2 and Halo 3, and Halo: Reach, a prequel to the whole lot, many diehard fans always hoped that the future would have us taking control of Master Chief once more.
Halo – A New Trilogy
Apparently we weren't alone in our desire however, as the new developer of Halo, 343 Industries, soon confirmed its plan to develop a whole new trilogy of games, the 'Reclaimer Trilogy' to be precise. In Halo 4 we picked up where Halo 3 left off, joining Master Chief and Cortana as they drifted their way to a mysterious planet once inhabited by the Forerunners. Halo 4 was released in November of 2012, and 343 Industries proved that they were well worthy to carry the mantle of this successful franchise. The new developer brought us closer to John-117, or Master Chief as we know him, and the AI Cortana than we'd ever come before, and we're intrigued as to where the story will take us in the next two titles of the Reclaimer trilogy.
We don't have a solid release date for Halo 5, but we're confident that it'll be a title closely following the launch of the Xbox One. With Halo being one of the bestselling Xbox-only titles it's unsurprising that Microsoft would want to see it as a soon-after-launch game, encouraging fans to upgrade to the new console to experience the Halo world with the extra processing power on offer. We're expecting bigger worlds to explore, improved artificial intelligence from our foes, be they Forerunner or Covenant, and enhanced performance in online play as Halo takes to the Xbox One.
No matter what you think of Halo it's certainly a franchise that's here to stay. We look forward to seeing what 343 Industries will continue to do with our beloved Master Chief, particularly as the next titles make the transition to the Xbox One. Will Halo 5 bring us more Spartan Ops? Will we see a return of Firefight? We'll have to wait and see.
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Halo 5 to Appear at E3 2013? - 4th June, 2013
We've known that 343 Industries has been working on Halo 5 for a long time now, but the elusive release date of the next title within the franchise has been locked tight. Without a doubt, Halo 5 will be a title headed to the Xbox One, but the question is will the game be ready for the release of the new console? If not, how long will we have to wait before getting our hands on the next Halo? At Microsoft's announcement of the Xbox One we were informed of 15 exclusive titles coming to the console within its first year, and we're fully expecting Halo 5 to be one of them. The internet rumor mill seems to support this theory, as the latest leaks surrounding E3 suggest that 343 Industries will be present to demo the latest Halo game.
Update by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 06/4/2013
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