Well it was just a question of when, really.

Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced Halo 5: Guardians for Xbox One, slated for the fall 2015 launch window. Bonnie Ross of 343 has issued a statement promising big things for the game:

“Making a “Halo” (sic) 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. It’s a task at we, at 343 Industries, are taking very seriously to deliver the “Halo” game that fans deserve, and a game that is built from the ground up for Xbox One.”

Ross intimates that 343 have plans afoot for this year, describing it as a journey that “definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than a small step”. She teases an announcement for the Xbox E3 Media Briefing on June 9th with the nature of the reveal left in the dark, but the allusion to Neil Armstrong’s famous quote can only mean one thing: The Halo TV series will be directed by none other than notorious moon landing faker Stanley Kubrick, who is returning from tax exile after also faking his death. SCOOP!

I'll have one of these, largest size you've got, please. It takes a big head to contain this much genius.

I’ll have one of these, largest size you’ve got, please. It takes a big head to contain this much genius.

It’ll certainly be interesting to see what 343 have in store for us. Halo 4 was probably way better than it had any right to be, and if they can deliver a strong new-gen Halo game it may be the shot in the arm the franchise needs.