You won’t just be able to play all of the early classic Halo games on the Xbox One — you’ll get a brand new one as well. Microsoft on Monday revealed that it’s going to a release a beta version of Halo 5: Guardians’ multiplayer features this December, or a little less than a year before the full game launches in the fall of 2015. Halo, of course, is the Xbox’s most popular exclusive franchise and its next chapter figures to be one of 2015′s most anticipated titles. The multiplayer beta will start on December 27th this year and last through January 17th of 2015.
If there’s any game that’s going to help Microsoft catch up with Sony in the console wars, it’s this one. Per Gamespot, Microsoft and 343 Industries on Friday confirmed that the latest game in the hugely popular Halo franchise would officially release on the Xbox One in the fall of 2015. 343 is promising that the new game, called Halo 5: Guardians, will be “a bigger effort than Halo 4,” the last game in the franchise that was well received by that failed to match the huge sales of Halo 3. 343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross went on to explain that this “bigger effort” extends to “the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine.” We can expect to hear much more about Halo 5 next month at the E3 gaming conference.
If you were looking forward to a new entry in the Halo franchise later this year, we’ve got some bad news for you. The voice of Master Chief, Steve Downes, told GameZone in a recent interview that Halo 5 likely won’t see release until 2015. 343 Industries, the developer that has taken over the Halo franchise, made a point to let the fans know that the teaser trailer shown at E3 was not meant to represent a specific game or sequel, but rather a hint of what was to come. It appears that whatever is coming will have to wait until next year. More →