Microsoft’s Xbox One has taken gaming to a whole new level. The Xbox One was designed to inaugurate a whole new chapter in the life of gaming, taking fans to worlds they’ve only seen in their dreams (and beyond). Halo, present on the Xbox 360, looks to make its way to the new Xbox One in 2015 with the title “Halo 5: Guardians.” 343 Industries, the creators of the Halo series, are back with an all-new title and a new Spartan character, not to mention a game that can run at 60FPS (frames per second) and “take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen,” Ross said.
According to 343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross last year at E3 2013, “Halo is an incredible universe, built on the heroism of Master Chief, and the dedication and enthusiasm of its incredible fan base…We also recently announced the creation of a live-action Halo television series with Steven Spielberg…but today, we’re here to announce Halo’s debut on Xbox One. A Halo FPS for a new generation of hardware that will take full advantage of the power and flexibility of Xbox One…a Halo engine enhanced by the power of cloud computing, dedicated servers, and for the first time on the console, a Halo experience that runs at a blistering 60 frames per second. In 2014, Halo combat will truly evolve, and your journey with Halo on Xbox One begins.”
What does Ross mean by “your journey with Halo on Xbox One begins” in 2014? We don’t know, and nothing has been announced so far. Only with Halo’s announcement earlier this week have we heard of anything regarding the beloved Halo since 2012 – when 343 announced Halo 4. Some say that the beginning of the Halo journey for Xbox One users could be the arrival of a Halo 2 Anniversary Edition for the latest-generation Xbox console. While we haven’t heard anything yet, we can surmise that a Halo game is already waiting in the wings for Xbox One users.
Halo 5: Guardians, however, won’t arrive on the scene until Fall 2015 – so, whatever Halo’s presentation this year, it’ll only be a teaser for what 343 Industries has in store next. We’ll hear more about Halo 5: Guardians at 343’s E3 2014 Press Conference on June 9th at 9:30am PDT. What must Microsoft do to make Halo 5: Guardians even more successful than Halo 4?
The key to Halo 5 success: multiplayer beta access and some Halo 2 remastering
Microsoft’s Xbox One has been portrayed in a negative light since E3 2013 for its commitment to pricing the Xbox One above the PS4 and for its Kinect motion accessory. Just recently, Microsoft announced the arrival of a Kinectless Xbox One in order to stay competitive in the gaming market. With E3 2014, upon us, the company needs to do something to regain its competitive edge.
What can Microsoft do?
First, Microsoft could give the Halo faithful multiplayer beta access, a chance to have a real multiplayer experience that would allow gaming to have that social aspect that we gamers love. After all, even an apple’s not good until you share it. We want to have a gaming experience that goes beyond just me, but stretches to my friends and family. If Microsoft could give the Halo faithful some inside scoop on a new multiplayer mode in the upcoming Halo 5 game (sort of a “behind-the-scenes” look), Microsoft just may help some Xbox 360 customers ditch their old-gen. console in favor of the “Xbone.” Families that see Halo 5 as a family game would find the extra $100 (for even the Kinect motion accessory) harmless and likely upgrade to the $499 model.
Next, Microsoft could produce a Halo 2: Remastered Edition with intensified graphics and on-screen experience to entice current Halo users to stay faithful. After all, Halo users haven’t had a new Halo experience since 2012, and it’s been two years running. Since Halo 5: Guardians won’t be available until 2015, the company must issue a new game of some sort this year (even if it’s a remastered edition) to stay competitive in the gaming business. Producing a Halo 2: Remastered Edition, with an option to purchase all the Halo games digitally, might be the thing to garner Microsoft some major points with hard-core gamers.
In short, we want something similar to Portal 2: a package that provides developer commentary, some easter eggs, concept art, soundtrack download voucher, all for a budget-friendly price tag. And by budget-friendly, we mean less than the price of the Kinect motion accessory ($100). Something like a $50 package for the Halo faithful would suffice.
Microsoft’s gotta stay competitive, and what better way to do that than a new game, some inside scoop, and a competitive retail price for “the little things” that come along with it? Microsoft, we’ve bought the Xbox One game console. Now, it’s your move.