Microsoft Studios’ Halo 5: Guardians is here officially, the Xbox team announced, and the game will be coming to Xbox consoles on October 27th. This game though, if we’re taking the developers at face value, is as much about changing the course of the Halo universe, as it is about delivering another exciting and enticing game in the Xbox world. In fact, some members of the team have even gone as far as to suggest that this will change the way people perceive everything in the Halo universe.
Bonnie Ross, the head of 343 Industries studio said on Xbox Wire, “We wanted Halo 5: Guardians to be the game that pays off the epic promise of the Halo universe in scope and scale and drama.”
That’s not anything surprising, especially given the fact that games like Halo have typically declined in popularity – despite some sales figures that suggest otherwise. Games that involve a series, like this or the Call of Duty franchise, ultimately see great numbers in sales, but quick decline given the fact that many have a year-after-year release schedule that removes the excitement and replaces it with novelty.
She went on to point out that, “We want to amaze players with the sheer size of the worlds and battles they’ll experience, even as they question everything they thought they knew about its heroes, marvels, and mysteries.”
That is certainly one way of drumming up a lot of excitement for a franchise that has seen a decline over the years. However, Microsoft did release two trailers that were very impressive, and did a good job of maintaining the mystery that the developers clearly want to maintain heading into the launch of the game this fall.
October 27th is the date that the game is slated to release, and it will likely stick to that date, given the fact that fall is always the big release season, for games. It’s just enough time to get in before the holiday season, without being so far away from it that separation becomes a challenge to maintain through the holiday shopping season. This doesn’t look like the end of the franchise, either, as the team pointed out that this was “only the beginning,” and that the company behind Halo sees this going much, much further.