Sunday night, Microsoft officially announced Halo 5‘s release date. The highly anticipated first person shooter game will be released on October 27, 2015. It will be released on Microsoft’s Xbox One. This will mark Master Chief’s first appearance on Microsoft’s newest system, and expectations are very high. The first story trailer for the game was released Sunday night, during the season finale of the Walking Dead. Two trailers aired Sunday night. The first trailer shows Agent Locke standing before a city reduced to ruble in the wake of, what appears to be a massive attack. Locke turns and addresses Master Chief, calling him Earth’s savior and now its betrayer. The commercial ended with Locke drawing his pistol on Master Chief. The second commercial that aired reverses the roles, with Master Chief walking up to Locke, asking if it was all worth it, and then drawing his weapon on him.
Now that Halo 5‘s release date has been announced, all of the fan theories can finally end. Many believed that Halo 5 would be released in November, much like the previous entries in the series. Others speculated that it would be released in August. Amazon is offering a 5 percent discount on pre-orders of Halo 5′s collectors edition. With the game being released in October, this leaves Microsoft without a big November release, but this spot could be filled by the next installment in the Tomb Raider series.
343 Studios is responsible for developing the new Halo title, and after the lackluster reception that Halo 4 received, they will be doing everything in their power to make this game a classic. Ever since Halo: Combat Evolved was released, the franchise has been a fan favorite. There have been many speculations as to what fans can expect from this next installment. Most believe that there will be many additions to the multi-player mode. Specifically, that Elites will be available as playable characters.
Not only will the game be released this October, but their will be plenty of other merchandise related to the game being released as well. This includes toys, such as action figures and plastic guns modeled after weapons from the game. 343 Studios came out and said that there will be a line of Mega Blocks that will be released that tie into the game, and the figures may even contain spoilers to the story of Halo 5. This fall will also see the release of the book Art of Halo 5: Guardians. This book will contain storyboard scenes from the game, as well as original art from the in game universe. This will be a great companion piece for the game, and will likely be released at the same time or possibly sooner.
Halo 5’s announced release date on October 27 will likely be marked on every fan’s calender. Expectations will be quite high for this release. Hopefully 343 Studios realizes this, and can deliver on one of the most anticipated video game releases in recent memory. Only time will tell if the game will live up to these very high expectations.
By James Dixson
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