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With rumors circulating the web on massive Halo news set for Friday morning, all did not disappoint. Microsoft and 343 Industries have finally announced Halo 5: Guardians, formerly Halo: Xbox One, set for a 2015 release date on Xbox One.

The following is a statement from 343’s General Manager, Bonnie Ross:

“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.

It’s a game that will hopefully demonstrate the talent, learnings and abilities of the 343 Industries team. A game that will incorporate the things we learned from “Halo 4” about technology, aesthetics, performance and scale – and perhaps more importantly, understanding and embracing a community of gamers who love what lies at the heart of this game, and the limitless potential of the “Halo” universe.

And 2015 won’t simply be the year of “Halo 5: Guardians,” it will also be a year that offers us a unique opportunity. The opportunity to invite old friends and new audiences into that universe through the “Halo” television series, launched as a unique collaboration with Steven Spielberg and some of the finest creative minds in the business. A series that will stand alone, as well as complement and enrich the game experience. We’ll have more to share on the “Halo” television series as we near its projected fall 2015 release.

So with E3 just less than a month away, what does 2014 leave for fans of the Halo franchise. Will we see the long rumored Halo 2: Anniversary in celebration of it’s 10th Year Anniversary – only time will tell, but 343 is making it known that they have something up their sleeves for fans this year.

Many fans noted that I was very deliberate with my phrasing on stage at E3 last year. I spoke about a “journey,” rather than a destination – and that journey definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step. We’ll give you much more information about our plans for this year at the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing on June 9, and we’re confident that “Halo” fans will be pretty excited about the special plans we have in store.

So there you have it guys, a brand new Halo experience for the next gen platform in which 343 is devoting their time and effort to finally creating a Halo title that fans can fall in love with once again. What are your thoughts on Halo 5: Guardians and even the news on Halo reaching us someway this year? Let us know in the comments below and we will see you at E3!

Source: Xbox Wire