At Microsoft’s pre-E3 press conference last Monday, 343 Industries released a cinematic teaser trailer for a next-gen Halo 5 that will release sometime in 2014 (most likely Fall). Since then many people have been wondering why Master Chief is wearing desert garb when his armor can evidently survive in outer space; and if this was a legitimate entry into the series and not another extensions like Halo: ODST and Halo Reach.
Speaking with Gamespot during E3, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer said that it was important to have 343 Industries Producer Bonnie Ross come out on stage to introduce the game to note that it was in fact a genuine entry in the long-running franchise: “Having [producer Bonnie Ross] come out and announce the game, making sure people know it’s a legitimate version of Halo coming out, and when it’s coming out, and features that they’re focused on we thought was…important.”
Spencer also mentioned that back in 2011 they said that Halo 4 was going to be the beginning of the Reclaimer trilogy, which would end with Halo 6–likely a 2016 release–but that is no longer the case. They want to continue the Halo franchise and turn it into a saga: ”While we originally said trilogy, we’ve actually expanded this to more of a saga, so we don’t want to limit the Reclaimer story within a trilogy.”
Halo 5 releases exclusively on Xbox One in 2014.