Halo 5 Gets Both a Subtitle and a 2015 Release Date

Halo 5 Gets Both a Subtitle and a 2015 Release Date

Master Chief's new adventure will go under the name "Guardians," but don't expect to learn what that means for another 18 months.

When Microsoft announced the Halo series' Xbox One debut at E3 2013, they talked a lot about Master Chief's "journey," and even went so far as to send the Chief tramping through the desert in a tattered robe, just like the protagonist of thatgamecompany's Journey. They couldn't have driven the point home more clearly if they'd invited Steve Perry to croon on stage.

It turns out that journey will take a bit longer than anticipated, though, as 343 Industries has announced that game – Halo 5: Guardians – won't be arriving until fall 2015. The game's failure to make a 2014 launch isn't particularly surprising, though; according to 343 representatives, a proper Halo game takes three years to develop, and the Xbox One hardware specs weren't sufficiently locked down for full development on Guardians to begin until 2012. Besides, the timing of Halo 5 (2015) versus its host platform's launch (2013) exactly matches the timing of Halo 3 (2007) versus the Xbox 360's debut (2005).

Who's the person opposite Master Chief? Top guess is Cortana incarnate. Runner-up, the Arkham Knight.

"Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4," writes 343i general manager Bonnie Ross on the Xbox blog. "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."

More surprising than the "delay" (though given that 343i had never announced a release date until today, it's not technically a delay) is the fact that Halo 5 features a subtitle. The series' proper sequels have never featured subtitles. While not particularly a big deal in the grand scheme of things, this minor detail does suggest that 343i is serious about shaking up the Halo franchise property with the game's Xbox One premiere.

In any case, the lengthy lead-up time to Guardians suggests that we won't be seeing playable footage of the game at this year's E3. But it's the journey and not the destination, right?

Related articles

For Honor Preview: A Whole New Sword Game

Jaz plays Ubisoft's upcoming sword fighting game, and talks to creative director Jason Vandenberghe about how it was developed.

Dragon Quest VIII 3DS Preview: New Characters, New Dungeons, New Challenges, Black Sabrecats

Though Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for the Nintendo 3DS isn't a ground-up overhaul the way Dragon Quest VII 3DS is, there's still tons of new stuff to get excited about.

Will Final Fantasy XV's Big Twist Ruin The Game?

Early details about about FFXV's endgame have emerged, to much consternation.

Final Fantasy XV Travel Diary, Final Day: Stray Thoughts and Observations

There's still plenty to see and do in Duscae, but it's time to close the book on this massive RPG (until November 29).

You may also like

Phil Spencer Still Thinks We're Going to See "More Console Hardware Down the Road"

The future Xbox is planning for is not one where the Series X leads straight to the cloud.

A New Pokemon Sword and Shield Presentation Airs Tomorrow Morning

We'll probably hear some more about the upcoming Crown Tundra.

New Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Footage Shows Off Runes, Impa, and More

We know how this story ends, but it looks like it'll be quite the journey regardless.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon's PS5 Version Arrives Next March

Ichiban's journey will take a little longer to hit next-gen PlayStations.