The Halo Journey

Minutes ago on Xbox Wire, 343 Industries General Manager Bonnie Ross revealed Halo 5: Guardians- and more. Find her entire post below:

Halo 5

Any time you transition to a new platform, there is the opportunity to look at things with a new perspective. For us at 343 Industries, the launch of the Xbox One was an opportunity to think about what stories we wanted to tell, how to tell them, and how best to push the Halo franchise to showcase the platform. And, most importantly, combining our passion for Halo with the vocal and informative input from our fans.

Halo isn’t simply a perennial game franchise, it’s a part of the Xbox platform itself. In terms of innovation and ideation, it’s sometimes important to people who might not even play Halo. And of course it’s a passion and an essential experience for two generations of gamers.  So we asked ourselves, how do we begin and where do we go with Halo on Xbox One?

In the past, Halo games have pushed the Xbox forward, showcasing the console and its ecosystem in entertaining and innovative ways. Making a Halo game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial.  It’s a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very seriously to ensure we deliver the Halo game that fans deserve, and a game that is built from the ground up for Xbox One.

I’m happy to reveal that Halo 5: Guardians, the next installment in the legendary saga of the Master Chief, will launch on Xbox One in fall of 2015.  In the tradition of every Halo game since its debut in 2001, it is a massive and exciting project.

Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4.  That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine.  Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen.

It’s a game that will hopefully demonstrate the talent, learnings and abilities of the 343 Industries team. A game that 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.

And 2015 won’t simply be the year of Halo 5: Guardians, it will also be a year that offers us a unique opportunity. The opportunity to invite old friends and new audiences into that universe through the Halo television series, launched as a unique collaboration with Steven Spielberg and some of the finest creative minds in the business.  A series that will stand alone, as well as complement and enrich the game experience.  We’ll have more to share on the Halo television series as we near its projected fall 2015 release.

Your Journey Begins in 2014

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. We’ll give you much more information about our plans for this year at the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing on June 9, and we’re confident that Halo fans will be pretty excited the special plans we have in store.

So until E3, I’d like to express my gratitude to our massive and varied Halo community, whose energy, enthusiasm, criticism and kindness are the driving force behind what we do and what we hope to achieve in Halo 5: Guardians.






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  • Logan Simmons

    Sounds awesome!. Halo 2 Annv this year??🙂

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    • Mr&Mrs Ninja

      Hopefully Yes! Yes! Yes!

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      • Senses Failed

        Hopefully!? Come on now!

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      • Mr&Mrs Ninja

        lol

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    • Gabrielsp85

      I think this announcement pretty much confirms it

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    • Death Dealer

      Yes.

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  • Mr&Mrs Ninja

    Mr Ninja: Halo 5: Guardians? That sounds like you’ll play as other Spartans also… any who, detective mode aside…This sounds pretty sweet. Hope they improve some of the weapons or add some more to the arsenal. Maybe even add a melee system! E3 can’t get here fast enough!

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  • Gazza!!!

    Not only this but an X1 dev has posted a pic on reddit confirming X1 external hd support!

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    • evilfangs .

      Anyone good at Maths?

      On that image it say’s 29.4% used 585.9 GB free. I’m sure someone who is good at Maths can work out how much external hard drive is being used which might give a hint on if there’s a limit again.

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      • Senses Failed

        I would guess 1tb, but that’s only going by the games seen

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      • beardyman3218

        There is no limit from what I have been reading, well the only limit being the biggest size your HDD manufacturer makes.

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      • DrToker

        585,9 GB is 70,6%, which means it totals 830 GB. MS uses binaries when calculating the size, so it’s somewhere around 900 decimal TB.

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      • Arcona

        GB*

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      • DrToker

        Haha…oops

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  • A. J.

    343, take as long as you want with Halo 5.

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  • Nicholas VandeKieft

    I am so excited. I love the sound of things! Thanks for the relay of information! This was the news I was waiting for.

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  • roozbeh, again

    So, if they’ve announced this now, think what they have in store for E3.

    Can’t… contain… excitement…

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  • evilfangs .

    Microsoft must think they have something very special for E3 to announce Halo 5 official before E3.

    You would think something like Halo would be the key focus for E3. Just imagine what Microsoft has in store for us at E3 if Halo 5 is announced on some random Friday.

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    • Gabrielsp85

      Halo 2 anniversary will be definitely there, this basically confirms it

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    • beardyman3218

      They announced the new console choice now halo 5, there is no doubt in my mind that e3 is all about games, demos are going to be at the forefront of the show. New IPs are surely going to be announced. I cannot wait any longer. I just wish they would announce how we can watch the conference through x1.

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    • usrev

      companies have been announcing games before e3 lately.

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    • Dylan

      Halo 1-4 HD collection , called the Master Chief Collection coming out for Xbox One this year, according to a leak.

      The title might confirm what the Halo 5 box art suggests…Master Chief may not be front and center for the next game.

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  • roozbeh, again

    That looks like Pallmer on top, Chief on the bottom.

    Awkward choice.

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    • Logan Simmons

      Def not Palmer on top. I happen to think it is the chief in his new armor. And that the pic below is a reflection of his previous self/suit. Or that during the campaign he will get the new duds.

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      • Dylan

        Could be Cortana.

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      • Digiadam

        Very true. The body type is not that of a spartan male.

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  • Jay

    It has been an interesting week Microsoft. I am not sure where we are headed but am enjoying the ride.

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  • Nathaniel Aune

    What I want to see so bad in Halo 5: Guardians is dual-wielding. I also want the gameplay to be a lot less like Halo: Reach because that’s what I didn’t like about Halo 4. I enjoyed Halo 4, but the gameplay needs improvement in Halo 5: Guardians. How many of you agree with me?

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    • Mr&Mrs Ninja

      Yes, YES! Put all that in there!

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    • Cthulhu

      I hated how it was CoDish

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    • Professor Oak

      I miss the Arbiter

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  • Some guy

    I’m not sure I get why you annonce a game just to say you’ll reveal it at E3 but hurray for video games.
    This E3 might be interesting after all.

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    • Nick Peck

      They announced this game last year and are just tossing out some new info on it now.

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  • Kimikaro

    I will believe it when I see it but considering halo 4 still to this day, has multiple black screens during mp matches and lag spikes consistently. Along with people who are very clearly cheating, this will probably happen to halo 5.

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    • kevgallacher

      Black screens? I have never seen this.
      Lag is a problem that affects any online game. So far on X1 though lag sends to be very minimal so I don’t see that being an issue.

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      • Kimikaro

        gettin lucky then. If I recal the black screen is happening as halo 4 is trying to find a better host. As for lag, yes it affects every game but only in halo 4 do I get lag regularly and in high doses lol. Time will tell but given halo 4 current issues, dont see it going as well as they hope it will.

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      • Nick Peck

        Something on your end perhaps? Halo 4 is the least laggy FPS I have played in years. hmmmmm. Never seen the black screen thing either but I have run into the host switching a bunch of times (as you do in every fps).

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      • Kimikaro

        Doubt its on my end as no other game does anything like this. The black screen I am talking about is a black screen, with the current scores showing. Which if I recall is when its trying to find a new host. I get that screen enough to be annoying, dont know of another game that interrupts ur playingto find a host like halo does.

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      • Nick Peck

        BF4 is the worst and half the time when you were on a black screen the game would hang and you had to close it and start it up again lol. But then again BF4 is still a bug fest of a game. I never had any real issues with Halo 4 when I played so I’m not sure😦

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      • Kimikaro

        lol ya bf4 is kust bad at times. as for halo 4, dunno what can be done except hope they actually do some good amd have stanle mp.

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      • Digiadam

        I have been to countless Halo parties and have never ever ever seen this happen. Sry but the issue here has to be on your end.

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      • Kimikaro

        define parties, is it via lan or over the net?

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      • Digiadam

        Both lan and net. Could it be your isp or router perhaps?

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      • Kimikaro

        Thought it was but I have 30 down, 5 up and a ping time of 34ms so doubt its me. No other game or app shows signs of lag ever, even when im streaming netflix/hulu in the background. it is just halo 4 doing alot of host migration

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      • Digiadam

        That’s very odd indeed then. I will research this more.

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      • Kimikaro

        Good luck, but im betting you will find that is uust halo doing host migration alot >_>

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  • Cthulhu

    Can NOT wait for a new Halo. The campaigns to these games are some of the most fun I ever played thru. My only thing is they better put the multiplayer back. Stop making it like CoD. CoD is overrated.

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  • Disturbed_Court_Jester

    Hoping this ones MP turns out better than Halo 4, which imo was horrible.

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    • Cthulhu

      Way too CoDish

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      • Jedi Dna

        Agreed!
        Halo should be Halo.
        If we wanted COD we would just buy it!

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      • Professor Oak

        Halo 4 was not CoDish, last I checked melee isn’t a 1 hit kill, you generally don’t die buy 2 bullets, and you can drive vehicles and use turrets. Wtf it was not CoD

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      • Jedi Dna

        I never said it was a perfect COD clone, but they added some COD elements in the MP allright. Winning points to buy abilities, extra power and specializations is clearlly CODish, and IMO not a good thing!
        Ps: You can kill with 1 melle hit in all halo games.

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      • Professor Oak

        No you cannot! Are you stop, they only way 1 melee will kill is if there shields are down. 2 melee is a kill

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      • Jedi Dna

        Yes you can. Try harder!
        You just have to melee when in the other guys back, then 1 melee hit kills. Otherwhise you’ll need 2 hits.
        This works since halo 1.

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      • Professor Oak

        that is assassination, I am refering to a melee attack, not an assassination, big difference

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      • Jedi Dna

        It just became an assassination on halo 4. In all other halo games that is just a regular 1 hit kill melee attack.

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      • Professor Oak

        The point is it is not 1 hit like CoD, knife in the toe or finger will kill you in CoD, same in halo does not happen, God, you are stupid

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      • Jedi Dna

        I’m not keep arguing with a brainless kid who never played another halo game besides halo 4.
        think whatever you want. I don’t care!

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      • Professor Oak

        I own and have played all of them. I still call it an assassination even if it has no animation. Halo is the reason I play Xbox rather than PlayStation, besides the Xbox controller is better. 1 hit kill under conditional circumstances doesn’t make it a definite 1 hit KO. Noob get a life

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    • usrev

      the entire game was horrible. halo 4 was a disgrace.

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      • roozbeh, again

        The single player and graphics were pretty nice. Hopefully they will improve MP.

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      • Jedi Dna

        Single player was awesome! As for the MP I like better Reach.

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    • Digiadam

      Incorrect. halo 4 was awesome.

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      • Jacob Rael

        No it wasnt

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      • Digiadam

        Yes it was. You just don’t know a good game from a bad game.

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      • Arcona

        he said mp. not the game. I love halo 4 but if I’m playing multiplayer I’d rather do it on one of the bungie ones.. just better

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  • ungeheier

    No amount of hype (for any game) is going to get me excited about the X1. You guys have lied to the base X1 users and now I find myself not really caring anymore about your products. Thanks Phil! You’ve really turned me off to your company, products and gaming in general.

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    • Nick King

      Is it really his fault he’s only just taken over and all the changes I’ve seen so far are for the good.

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    • Nick Peck

      Good since you don’t like it, LEAVE. We don’t need annoying crybabies around here please.

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      • fur low

        Nick Peck is a Microsoft representative, Microsoft’s message is clear, get boned or get out. “Do we have a product for you, its called xbox 360 and stfu”… “Or wait, we changed our mind”

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      • Does Not Equal

        Or he’s just tired of people coming to a Microsoft blog to tell everyone how much they’re not going to buy Microsoft products.

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      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        NO! it is true as long a a crazy person says it.

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    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      Phil Spencer supports your decision no matter what it is.

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  • Professor Oak

    Finally! A real reason to get an Xbox One, been waiting for this announcement.

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    • Professor Oak

      I’m a gunna wait to see if they announce a limited edition Console😀

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    • Dylan

      They announced this game a year ago.

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      • Professor Oak

        Waiting for an announcement with a relevant release day. Will wait to get Xbox One till it comes out

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  • Bush

    is Marty on board for the OST?

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    • roozbeh, again

      Surprise E3 announcement I suspect.

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    • beardyman3218

      The halo 3 soundtrack still gives me chills. I believe bungie sacked him for unknown reasons, he said “I’m saddened to say that Bungie’s board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014,”

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    • Arcona

      that would be epic! Him and Neil Davidge doing the H5 OST together would be amazing!

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  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    Halo 5 is cool and all but when will they release Vampire Rain 2? That is what everyone is waiting on.

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    • roozbeh, again

      Yeah… not really. I would like something a bit easier to control.

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    • evilfangs .

      You mean BattleToads.

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      • Shakeslikecrazy

        Oh, that would be SO awesome.

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    • Some guy

      Everyone that played Vampire Rain remember about it, it was that memorable!

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  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    anyone else see an ad for Yung Joc to the right? long time no listen.

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  • Nathanzz

    You guys saving any news for E3? This is either going to be the most exciting conference ever or the most boring.

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    • Nick Peck

      They had to much news / games / game trailers for their 90 minutes on stage so they are giving us a bunch before the show! There will be plenty of great stuff I’m sure.

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    • Some guy

      If they reveal a new Bomberman/Timesplitters/Rareware sequel/Mechassault It’ll be worth the time.
      Even if I doubt it’ll be anything else but Halo/Gears/Forza/Sunset

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  • Robert Goodman

    Am I the only one that thinks Guardians is an odd name choice in that Bungie calls its Spartan equivalents that in Destiny…

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    • Greg Fellmer

      Great observation. I hadn’t considered the oddity until your post. That is very strange.

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    • Professor Oak

      Halo has used Gaurdians since the beginning. Ex: killed by the gaurdians when trying to go out of bounds, or that train…

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  • Satsumo

    Was the Xbox One released two years too early?

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    • ElektroDragon

      Sure was. Maybe they’ll release a new version of the X1 by then that can actually run a good looking next gen Halo game at 60FPS in 2015 and not have it be lower res than Killzone SF in 2013.

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      • Nick Peck

        But then again while KZ was in 1080p it could hardly hit 60fps when nothing was on screen lol. If the game is fun play it. If resolution and fps is such a big deal, leave and play on the pc only.

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      • Some guy

        KZ wasn’t even 1080p it was half of that and they filled the rest with an average of the last few images(resulting in a terrible mess on foliage)

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      • Some guy

        What will they call it? Xbox one HD?
        But yea, they need to upgrade they console if they want my money.
        I bought a 360 because it was better and cheaper then a ps3 + a ton of exclusives

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      • Jacob Rael

        The xbox one can already run good looking games

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    • Jedi Dna

      Halo 3 was released two years after the 360 too.

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  • Jedi Dna

    “60 frames per second, on dedicated servers”
    PLEASE! DON’T MAKE IT ALLWAYS ONLINE LIKE TITANFALL AND DESTINY!

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    • Professor Oak

      Again, this is becoming the Norm… nothing wrong with it…

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      • Jedi Dna

        Nothing wrong if its OPTIONAL like Watchdogs or Dead Island!
        If its mandatory like Titanfall it will kill Halo.
        I HATE playing games with strangers, specially the “story” mode.

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      • Dylan

        I’d say almost the majority of Halo players play the single-player campaign, so that’d be alienating a huge market.

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      • Professor Oak

        I would hate if they decided to do no campaign, they wouldn’t do it, when I as referring to the norm, I was referring to Titanfall and others. I could see cod using this model

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    • Swat

      Adapt, a lot of games are going to be like that one day.

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      • Jedi Dna

        No way!
        Like I said I won’t mind if its optional. I would only disable it.
        But if its mandatory then thats a deal breaker to me since I really don`t like to play the story mode with strangers.
        That`s why I didn`t buy Titanfall and won’t buy Destiny.

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      • Swat

        You can still play in private but you have to be connected. That’s what always online means.

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      • Jedi Dna

        I don”t think you actually can play Titanfall alone.
        Either way that is just ridiculous and sucks BIGTIME!

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      • Arcona

        Destiny you can. dunno about titanfall

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      • Jedi Dna

        Really? if you actually can Destiny alone then its even worse!
        That unecessary forced online (like diblo 3 on pc) is the worst tipe ever!

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      • Jacob Rael

        No they wont

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    • beardyman3218

      I think he meant the multi player has always been on dedicated servers and this will continue to do so.

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  • Greg Fellmer

    The implication from last year’s E3 was a new Halo game for 2014. Master Chief shown in a new setting, along with comments about a new journey in 2014, were unmistaken. However, let’s put semantics aside. If the “journey” is a retooling of all previous Halo Chapters to run on Xbox One, then I will completely forgive the faux pas. Ok, ok…if they offer only a retooled Halo 2 for the Xbox One, I’m still in. 🙂

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  • fur low

    Announcing a game that’s a year and a half away? You desperate for any kind of attention aint ya microshaft?

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    • Professor Oak

      This is the norm…. Smash Bros, Destiny, and way to many to mention have been announced as such

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      • fur low

        Well Nintendo is desperate for hype too so…

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      • Professor Oak

        Still doesn’t explain Destiny. Again, it is a norm to announce games as early as possible

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      • Guest

        …especially in Sony’s case. Agent, The Last Guardian and MANY others ring a bell.

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      • Shakeslikecrazy

        Indeed. Sony’s got a knack for announcing way to early and overhyping, so that it never lives up to it.

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      • roozbeh, again

        Yes, their overhyping is reaching uncharted territory.

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      • Dylan

        Like when Microsoft announced the Black Tusk game last year at E3, with an entire CG trailer, then cancelling it 3 months later for yet another Gears of War game? Or Alan Wake (which I loved anyway)?

        They all do it.

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      • Some guy

        On the 360 MS was actually a lot more reserved about that stuff.
        That said the 360 wasn’t a unsalvageable trainwreck so they didn’t need to hype the console that much.

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