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Halo 5 In 2013: Is It Too Much Too Soon?

/ Nov 28th, 2012 12 Comments

Halo 5
Halo 5

Halo 5

Though the plastic wrapping has just come off of Halo 4 and many other enthusiastic gamers won’t see it until Christmas, there is already talk and excitement for Halo 5 as work is underway for the next installment in the popular long-running, first-person shooter series. But this won’t be just any release. Not only will Halo 5 be available for the Xbox 360, it is being reported that the game is scheduled to come out in time for the release of the next generation console currently referred to as the Xbox 720.

[adsense250itp]There is no set release date for either as of yet, but there’s talk that both could be out by next fall–just in time for the 2013 Christmas season. Even rumors about a release date announcement coming as early as March 2013 are being tossed around. With so little information on both right now, gamers may have to wait until E3 2013 to get a more detailed look at Halo 5 and possibly the Xbox 720. The Seattle Times has reported that 343 Industries is working on Halo 5 and Halo Franchise Development Director, Frank O’Connor said the team has begun work on the next installment. “We’ve done as much prototyping and storytelling and the future arc of the universe as we have on technology,” said O’Connor. “We definitely have a lot of smart people inside the studio and outside the studio thinking about future technology and future development for sure.”

Releasing another Halo game just one year after the last one is a little odd. And when a release date is announced for the Xbox 720 and Halo 5, can we expect an update for Halo 4? Or will it fade in favor of the newer version that will no doubt be the game of the season for the new Microsoft console? Halo 5 may be able to do what Halo 4 hasn’t and that’s to have a month or two to itself to sell more copies with no new Call of Duty game on the horizon.  But with rumors abound for a 2013 Modern Warfare 4 release, 343 Industries will have to schedule accordingly.

Additionally, could it be with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 just two weeks after Halo 4’s launch that publisher Microsoft Studios is showing the red flag and will concentrate most of their efforts on Halo 5 as the flagship game for the Xbox 720? After all, Black Ops 2 did sell over $613 million in its first 24 hours after being released on Nov. 30. Halo 4 on the other hand, sold a paltry $220 million when it was released in the same time period when it was released on Nov. 5. Those aren’t bad sales numbers for the single platform game mind you, and it has received some very good to great reviews. But it’s safe to say that Black Ops 2 is running circles around Halo 4 and will continue to do so throughout the 2012 holiday season with more than one billion dollars in sales before the end of the calendar year.  With Halo 5 still in the development stages, Microsoft needs to be mindful of how and when the game will reach players’ hands.

Kevin Hunter

Kevin Hunter

Associate Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Kevin Hunter is a newcomer to Gaming Illustrated, covering industry topics and editorial content.
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  • Duncan Crickett

    They’d better not bring it out next year. All the development for halo 4’s multiplayer will be for nothing if we only get a year to play it before the community migrates. Give us at least till mid 2014, cmon.

    • Brandon Wolf

      I heard about his, but don’t forget all the deleted effects and other things from Halo 4 they had to cut out due to the lack of support the 360 could give and handle. They might add the deleted effects into Halo 5 and fix it up a little, and work much harder.

      I wish it’s Flood themed, as Halo is focused on, yes, the Covenant and humanity, but also the Forerunners, ancient humans, and the Flood.

  • WillRussell

    Did Halo 3 release 2 years after the launch with the 360?
    Did Halo 2 release a year before the 360s launch?
    If all of the above is true the rumors are probably false.

  • TK

    Rumors this rumors that…..I think you just pluck them out of your bunghole. Nice try to gain hits for your crappy website. You can only dream about halo 5 releasing in 2013, at this point, not even rumors about a 2013 release can exist. It’s at least a 2015 game. Bungie was working on Destiny as early as Halo Reach and Halo 3 ODST……….Of course, 343i already started working on Halo 5, what are they going to do ? ship Halo 4 and the entire studio goes on a 6 months-1 year vacation ? If so, they would get fired by Microsoft no matter how talented they are !

  • Ben

    They would be stupid to release it next year. Just insane. I know they wont, and if they do I will have lost hope for Halo forever, since Halo 4 is already losing it’s kick. FOCUS ON HALO 4 MULTIPLAYER. Give us new gametypes, bring back old ones, make modes with weapons on the maps and player created content in the library of maps. Give us new forge worlds and IMPROVE on Spartan Ops! Build Halo 4 into something that the Halo Universe wants! DON’T JUST CHASE AFTER THE DOLLAR BILLS WHILE FEVERISHLY TRYING TO COMPETE WITH CALL OF DUTY! Call of Duty is home to a lot of young gamers who can’t comprehend anything else. Appealing to that crowd is useless. They can only ask their parents for one game for Christmas and they will ALWAYS CHOSE CALL OF DUTY. It’s important for 343 to focus on Halo 4, and not sell it off as “finished” and begin a Halo 5 introduction period. They need to remember what MADE HALO AMAZING IN THE FIRST PLACE and re-implement those ideals for a modern generation. Hang in there with Halo 4, 343i, or else you will see A LOT of people lighting up the Halo Forums with one question and one question only: WHERE’S BUNGIE!?

  • John

    Call of duty is multiplatform. Of corse it made that much in the first 24. Compared to halo 4 which exclusively runs on the 360, Call of duty is relatively the same every game you get anyways. Different guns and bigger explosions every time. Woopdy do.

  • drake


    • Sean W. Gibson

      Cool story bro

    • Daniel Gore

      call of duty is shit anyway hell u can put halo 1 up against it and it will still shit all over it and halos story is better than playn call of duty at all multilayer or ofline its shit no matter how u shit it


    And if they DO make a Halo 5 (in this case would be AWESOME) I think they could make one about how the elites rebelled, it would be cool, and they or some creepy new AI for Master chief since cortana is dead and what not :/

  • Jake

    Won’t be the same without Cortana, chief will be at his wits end. You can’t just separate them, cant have one without the other. And a new AI? That’s ridiculous…

  • Anomynous

    Frankie said in an interview before release last year that they will not be turning Halo into a yearly franchise. Can anyone find it?

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