Halo was a game that completely redefined the first-person shooter genre in 2001. The game garnered impressed responses from Microsoft and a lot of adulation. Halo was widely loved and deservedly so. It had a unique set, but what hit the right chord was how the elements of the game were represented and executed. No game had been able to execute an idea like the one that Halo capitalized on so well. The game was exemplary in almost every approach and it came as no surprise when it was labeled a “killer app” for the Microsoft platform.
After nearly 13 years of churning out the most iconic and brilliant titles in the Halo series, Microsoft is anything but more fervent in continuing this splendid series, as evidenced by their recent announcement of the next Halo game at E3. The word around is that the internet has verbal diarrhea when it comes to talking about the Halo. Frankly, there’s a lot of stuff swirling around in the dark chasms of the internet to be long.
“Halo 4, in a way, marked a fresh start for the series as 343 Industries took over the reins. It was obvious that they were now more focused on character development and trying to make the story more engaging. , with great success therefore .
An upcoming Halo’s Reclaimer Saga title was announced at E3 2013 along with a trailer. Some call it “Halo – Xbox One” while others stick with “Halo 5” (assumed title) because Halo 5 was actually announced at E3 2011 alongside Halo 4 and 6. But for convenience, it’s best to associate the Halo 5 name with the trailer for the title that debuted at last year’s E3.
After the Reclaimer Trilogy became the Reclaimer Saga, there was a lot on Microsoft’s shoulders to do. After introducing some story and character deviations from Halo 2, Halo 4 marked the return of John-117 aka Master Chief as the protagonist, after spending a long time adrift in space on the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn frigate. Halo
Halo 4, in a way, marked a fresh start for the series as 343 Industries took over the reins. It was obvious that they were now more focused on character development and trying to make the story more engaging, with great success.
Following the creation of a more intuitive game that promised a deeper adherence to the story and events of the Halo series, a small dark side to the game was revealed. 343 themselves have stated that the titles in the Reclaimer saga will be a drastically different experience and will certainly make subsequent Halo games much darker and darker. What this “darkness” entails, we can only guess.
“While most of us expected a Halo game to be a launch title for the Xbox One, with the series being Microsoft’s lifeblood, we weren’t really surprised. because most Halo titles took two E3s to give us something concrete and really great.”
Even though there’s very little left for us to do, Halo 4’s ending no doubt hints at Halo 5 picking up again from a grim start. If there were any doubts about it, they were buried near the trailer. The trailer itself is not a representation of the game itself, but only a representation of the direction Microsoft wants to take with subsequent games in the Reclaimer saga.
The trailer has a cloaked, hooded figure wandering aimlessly through a wasteland before finding the sand in front of it to clear the way for a gargantuan bird-like creature – likely a Promethean – which then pulses, knocking the cloaked figure away . hood revealing it to be the Master Chief but with a cracked visor.
He then proceeds to pull out a data chip, clenches his fingers into a fist around it, and looks up with newfound determination. While it’s claimed that Master Chief will be part of the next Halo, doubts remain about Cortana’s role.
We don’t know if the Master Chief would try to resurrect Cortana, or if he kept her data chip just as a keepsake. The way Cortana leaves in Halo 4 has led a number of people to believe that the former may be true and still lives. But no official word or leak has been there to back this up.
Although most of us were expecting a Halo game to be a launch title for the Xbox One, with the series being the backbone of Microsoft, we weren’t exactly surprised. That’s because most Halo titles took two E3s to give us something concrete and truly great.
All Microsoft has done so far is shake us out of our seats and let us do it until E3 2014, which still seems a little too far away. Even with so little going on, leaks and official news keep the duck going around.
“Amidst all the rumors there is talk of the next Halo release date. Now Microsoft has only said that a ‘Halo’ title will be released in 2014. If you add to that the fact that 343 have announced that they are simultaneously working on another title, that means the ‘Halo’ title that’s supposed to arrive this year could very well be the Anniversary Edition of Halo 2.”
343 Industries was generous enough to tease us with a concept art sketch earlier in January. 343 executive producer Josh Holmes, in an official Halo Waypoint blog post, had described the artwork as “an early exploration of a new location that features prominently in a small game project we’ve been tinkering with.”
He went further by describing how they were focused on moving to the next-gen console after the success of Halo 4. As for us fans here, that’s all we could get from him. We don’t know how the location would be used in-game.
Amidst all the sparks of rumors, there’s talk of the next Halo coming out. Now, Microsoft only said that a “Halo” title would be released in 2014. If you add to that the fact that 343 announced that they were simultaneously working on another title, that means the “Halo” title that’s supposed to arriving this year could very well be the Halo 2 Anniversary Edition. It should arrive in November.
With Halo 4, 343 Industries has confirmed that Steve Downes will reprise his role as John-117. The confirmation of Halo 2’s Anniversary Edition as well as the postponement of Halo 5’s release to sometime in 2015 came from Steve Downes’ interview with GameZone where he said, “I think you’re ahead on yourself on H5. I’ve read some things online that you can look forward to an H2 Anniversary Edition maybe this year, but I don’t have any official information one way or the other.
“It would have been great if PC users had the ability to pick up the story after Halo 2. The transition to Halo 3 was the worst platform screw ever. And it wouldn’t have been such a big issue if PC users had received a completed Halo 2.”
Following this, Downes attempted to explain that he was not confirming an anniversary edition as he had no knowledge of it. Many doubts remain about this and Microsoft had interfered with the rumor about Downes’ statement, but they hadn’t clarified things. So it seems very likely that we won’t be saying hello to Halo 5 until next year.
After extending the Halo 5 release date to next year, 343 and Microsoft should have plenty of time to optimize the game and make the most of the Xbox One’s capabilities. It was already confirmed by Microsoft at E3 last year that the new Halo would run at 60fps and use dedicated multiplayer servers, which was received with appreciation and sighs of relief.
That being said, it’s pretty obvious that Halo 5 would be an Xbox One exclusive. Halo Anniversary Edition was rolled out as an Xbox 360 exclusive, so there’s no need for PC users to worry about when the Anniversary Edition will hit the market for Windows.
It would have been great if PC users had the opportunity to pick up the story after Halo 2. The transition to Halo 3 was the worst platform screw ever. And it wouldn’t have been such a big deal if PC users had received a completed Halo 2.
“We don’t know what dangers Master Chief will find himself in or who the antagonist would be. We don’t even know what pursuit stranded the Master Chief in a desert covered in a patched cloak like a tinkerer’s. Even the title of the game is not clear!”
All told, 343 and Microsoft have really stayed the course this time around. There’s next to nothing they’ve hinted at for us to paint a rough picture of what the game might be like. We don’t know if we’ll be returning to places we’ve visited before, or if old enemies will rise to confront us, though the former looks appealing for days gone by.
We don’t know what dangers Master Chief will find himself in or who the antagonist would be. We don’t even know what pursuit stranded the Master Chief in a desert covered in a patched cloak like a tinkerer’s. Even the title of the game is not clear!
Regardless of the lack of official statements, we’ve had enough hints and speculation about the Reclaimer Saga and have the combined guesswork power of the entire Halo community at our disposal. We will keep you informed of the latest news that arrives. Stay tuned.
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