Friday was a big day in the gaming world: 343 Industries and Microsoft announced that Halo 5 would be available for XBOX One in the fall of 2015. The much expected Halo 5 is coming in 60 frames per second and represents the pride and glory of both the game’s creators and Microsoft itself. A public statement released on XBOX Wire speaks about the journey represented by the Halo franchise, the mission, the vision and the expectations of its developers:
[quote]In the past, “Halo” games have pushed the Xbox forward, showcasing the console and its ecosystem in entertaining and innovative ways. Making a “Halo” game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial. It’s a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very seriously to ensure we deliver the “Halo” game that fans deserve, and a game that is built from the ground up for Xbox One. I’m happy to reveal that “Halo 5: Guardians,” the next installment in the legendary saga of the Master Chief, will launch on Xbox One in fall of 2015. In the tradition of every “Halo” game since its debut in 2001, it is a massive and exciting project.[/quote]
Microsoft couldn’t have had a better idea than this. If you remember the latest news, the tech behemoth took the decision of removing the Kinect camera from the XBOX One and thus sell a new series of game consoles at a lower price. Commentators agreed that this strategy was an important and necessary move from Microsoft’s part to keep up with the XBOX ONE archenemy, the Play Station 4. Now that everybody knows Halo 5 is coming next year, it is very possible that the XBOX One will attract larger numbers of customers and newer legions of fans.
And this is not all. The same official statement announced that Halo 5, known as Guardians, would also be a part of a bigger project. In 2015, the Halo series will be turned into a television series under the direct supervision of Steven Spielberg, a man who doesn’t need any further presentation when it comes to creating everlasting blockbusters. From this point of view, next year will be a hit in terms of gaming experiences and TV experiences for everybody. The gamers will finally have a new installment of a very successful game, while regular audience might become very interested in purchasing the console and the game while watching the TV series. Strategically speaking, Microsoft has every chance to outrank PS 4 on the market share and gain faithful followers from all over the world.