Halo 5 unusual release date expected

By Daniel Chubb - Nov 8, 2012

We’ve been reporting the latest gaming and technology news for almost a decade, and we’ve seen brands doing their best to be untraditional of late, which has been seen clearly with a number of games and tech products. Some focus has shifted towards the Halo 5 release date since a growing number of gamers believe this would be the next update, which might be an unusual launch considering the Xbox 720 is expected to land in 2013/2014.

In the image below you can take a look at the Halo franchise and a timeline of different games based on this franchise, which shows Halo: Combat Evolved back in 2001. The timeline then shows Halo 2 in 2004, Halo 3 in 2007, and a busier 2009 with Halo Wars and Halo 3: ODST. The year after we saw Halo: Reach, which had been followed with Combat Evolved Anniversary last year. The latest addition has been Halo 4 that saw a release date within the last few days and confirms that the latter years have included more launches from this franchise, but it is fair to say these weren’t a major number upgrade.

The Halo 5 release date is unlikely to follow the previous pattern – there has been a lot of factors involved that explain why we’ve seen a 5 year gap between Halo 3 and Halo 4, which the last two editions only saw a 3 year gap with no Halo games to fill this space. There are also a number of reasons why we might see a much shorter gap between the Halo 4 and Halo 5 release dates, which is thanks to a new generation arriving in the form of a so-called Xbox 720.

Will we see Halo 5 launch on the Xbox 720, or could it be Halo 4: Next-gen? It will be interesting to see how 343 Industries play this and in our earlier article we saw their CEO touch on the next incarnation. You can read about that here, which reveals some insight into next-generation gaming, and the fact that they’re working on Halo for Xbox 720 already.

Would you prefer to see a full Halo 5 upgrade for Xbox 720, or would Halo 4: Next-gen be enough for you? While we’d love to see a new number again it is unlikely to happen considering the past releases, but you shouldn’t expect a 3-5 year gap until the Halo 5 release date.

The Halo 5 launch will depend on the Xbox 720 release date, so if it does in fact launch next year then you should expect an update to Halo 4, but if we see Xbox 720 launch in 2014 then we could see a full Halo 5 experience as a launch title. What would you like to see happen in terms of launch dates for both the hardware and software?

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  • id like to see quality instead of quantity. I am somewhat disappointed in Halo4 campaign. the Elite are on borderline cartoony, the music didnt remind me EVER that it was halo other then a small point in the game. The legendary “hero” tune is completly gone. There arnt ANY big battle like halos of yesteryears where it FELT like you were in a war. the graphics actually seemed to take a step backwards compared to REACH. The aliens seems edgier, cleaner, and the AI controlling them seem to keep you on your toes more. And then of course the complete lack of flood seems to have taken a back seat which i dont mind all that much but it added an addition dimention to the halo universe. Halo 4 seemed to be more of a cinimatic experience then a gaming experience. I love halo, but halo 4 just did give me that chill at the end that game me that feeling “thank good I got through that” with palms sweating and pulse racing while Chief barly escapes at the very last possible minute. There were some great parts like new things to pilot, most of the story line, and new button layout for running availible at all times. though i think B shuold have been that button and keep crouch where its ALWAYS been. bumper jumps probably agree with me. Ultimatly, the online experience is whats gonna make this gmae a hit or miss, kinda like REACH. The Online gameplay is pretty good. Still getting use to the new maps. Not sure why Reaches online couldnot hace been intergrated into HALO 4 but time will tell on that. WIth news of halo 5 coming next year, it seems that 343 used Halo 4 as a prequal /testing game to see what the masses want and might have rushed Halo 4 in the event of Xbox 720 coming and is saving Halo 5 as the golden egg. If this is the case, this better be the biggest, shinniest egg EVER if it ever want to compete with COD franchise. Halo 5 litteraly has to be the Lauch Game for 343 to succeed and live up to BUNGIE Halo standards. Only time will tell.

  • This is the greatest game series to ever be created. It is by far my favorite game. Please please don’t stop on 4 this has so much potential. Master Chief deserves it.

  • SirGregor

    This is a stupid article. 343i has already confirmed that there will be a halo 5 and 6.

    • That is not what they are referring to. If the new Xbox comes out in 2013 there will be limited work done on Halo 5 and it will basically just be Halo 4 Next Gen. If they have longer to work on it it will be a full on major improvement…. Read the article before you make stupid comments.

  • They should offer a free plug-in that boosts Halo 4’s textures and effects to 720 standards… they could make it part of a 720 exclusive map pack or something.

  • Trollface

    WTF is Halo

    • NotaTroll

      Its a new game in the Call of Duty series. Best game series ever btw…

      • Trollface

        Just kidding idiot. Hey did you here I’m a part of a large group of trolls on the internet who plan to take over numerous gamer websites one by one. We already took over some blog website, were going for PR now, after we take over this site were coming for the playstation blog.

        • Cuttlefish

          ahahahahahaha. Better do it fast before you do your homework.

        • Trollface

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  • san_francisco_slim

    a full halo series XB720 release.

  • Mac

    Halo 5… I’d like them to work on it, but I didn’t really like the cliff hanger they left Halo 4 on, so would like to know where the stories going! Story is one of the most important things to me.

    • Skitrel

      There was no cliff hangar whatsoever. As far as the ending of Halo 4 goes (spoiler) the Didact appears dead, as does Cortana. A cliff hangar leaves something open, the ending of Halo 4 left nothing open, by appearances anyway.

      • M4st3rCh13f

        If u wait past the credits those who seem dead are not

      • codymitch

        didact isnt dead man. When they returned to earth everyone was dead. he fell in the composer and got sent to earth. thats why he was talking in the end. but sadly yes cortana is no longer in the series:(

        • Itsamee

          Or is she? Dun dun dun!!

        • She better be. She’s as much a part of the game franchise as the Chief is.

  • david

    next gen they need to work more on Halo 5

  • john

    next gen.

  • Hopefulspam

    Halo 5, Keep the story alive!!!