Microsoft has just announced Halo 5: Guardians for release on Xbox One in autumn 2015.
Also on the way in 2015 is a Halo TV series, which is being co-created by Steven Spielberg.
The first image, seen above, shows what appears to be a blue-visored female Spartan mirroring an image of the Master Chief below.
“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,” 343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross said.
“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. 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.”
Microsoft also address its E3 promise from last year that “the Halo journey would begin in 2014”.
“I spoke about a 'journey' rather than a destination,” Ross added. “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 9th, and we’re confident that Halo fans will be pretty excited about the special plans we have in store.”