343 Industries Intends To Stop Numbering Halo Games In The Future

No more numbers for you, Halo franchise!

When 343 Industries took over the Halo series from Bungie they intended to take Master Chief and the franchise in bold new directions. While Halo 4 is the beginning of a new Saga for the series, 343 apparently didn’t want to call it Halo 4.

Studio head Bonnie Ross said the following to OXM (provided by Gamer Headlines):

“At some point, we do want to stop numbering. Especially on Xbox One. If I had my druthers, we wouldn’t have called Halo 4 that – we really look at that game as the start of where [Master Chief]‘s going. At some point we need to drop the number and still [let you] know you’ve got a big story coming.”

Personally, I don’t think having or not having a number makes much of a difference in the grand scheme of things. They probably just don’t want it to get to the point where the number is so high that newcomers feel like they have a ton of catching up to do. Considering Halo 5: Guardians is the first Halo game to have a subtitle since the first one, it could very well end up being the last one with a number in its title.

Is Master Chief NOT The Main Character In ‘Halo 5: Guardians’?

Could we be in for a Halo 2 scenario?

Master Chief has been synonymous with the Halo franchise since its inception over a decade ago. He has made so much money for Microsoft over the years as each new game sets sales records and receives critical acclaim. He’s basically the Mascot for Xbox, as they don’t have any other franchise that has been anywhere near as successful as Halo.

However, news has come out suggesting that Master Chief may not be the main character of Halo 5: Guardians. The news came from an issue of X-One magazine, where the actor who plays Agent Locke In Halo: Nightfall and Halo 5: Guardians did an interview. He said the following:

“I’m a playable character in Halo 5. Once Halo: The Master Chief Collection is released, and then Halo 5 comes out shortly thereafter, you’re basically going to be playing a game with me as the primary character.”

This more than likely means that there will be some sort of shifting narrative in Halo 5: Guardians, perhaps shifting between the perspectives of Agent Locke and Master Chief. This was also done in Halo 2, with the perspectives shifting from Master Chief to the Arbiter.

He then hints at the unknown relationship between Locke and Master Chief, saying that it is unknown whether or not they are friends or foes.

“What’s not known, is whether I’m a friend or a foe. The relationship between Master Chief and Jameson Locke is going to be interesting, because what’s the outcome? Is he dead or alive? Because that’s usually what a manhunt comes down to, dead or alive, but you won’t know what the purpose of finding Master Chief is right away.”

Halo 5: Guardians is launching for the Xbox One sometime in 2015, though a beta for the game will be packed with Halo: The Master Chief Collection that launches next month.

‘Halo 5: Guardians’ Beta Coming This December, Featuring 7 Maps & 3 Modes

Could this mean that Halo 5 will be coming in the Spring of next year?

Microsoft has made a lot of big news at today’s Gamescom event, and here we have yet another big announcement coming from them. They announced that the beta for Halo 5: Guardians will start on December 29th, 2014 and run until January 17th, 2015. For those who haven’t put that together, that is three weeks. THREE OF ‘EM!

343 went into more detail about the beta, revealing that it will have 7 maps and 3 different modes to play in that all tailor to 4 vs 4 combat. The beta will also include 11 weapons and customizable armor sets for everyone to play around with, though all players will begin each match with the same loadouts.

To gain access to the Halo 5: Guardians beta, you will have to have purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection which releases for Xbox One on November 11th, 2014.

343 Industries Announces ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ Coming Fall 2015

343 Industries has pulled the curtain back and revealed that the next Halo game will be called Halo 5: Guardians and will release in the Fall of next year.

Bonnie Ross, who is the general manager of 343 Industries, made the announcement in a blog post on xbox.com. Ross said the following:

Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4. That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine. Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen.”

Much more information is planned to be revealed at this year’s E3.