No one has to tell anyone how huge the next Halo game will be for the Xbox One. The franchise has been Microsoft’s most lucrative during almost all of the cooperation’s console history. You can count on one hand the amount of franchises that have stayed as relevant and profitable over the same span of time, so obviously a new generation adventure for Master Chief is going to be a must for any Xbox One owner.

Exactly what form that game is going to take is still unclear. Whether it’s going to be called Halo 5 or something else, 343 Industries has kept details wrapped up tight. The only real look we’ve gotten of the game thus far was last year’s E3 teaser and it isn’t even clear if that is tied directly to the game.

Opening the curtain just a little wider on the project, 343 executive producer Josh Holmes teased the upcoming game – confirmed for release in 2014 – via Halo Waypoint with a new piece of concept art. The artwork shows the ship UNSC Infinity seemingly stationed above a sci-fi looking settlement. Holmes says that the landscape, “a new location that features prominently” in the upcoming game. It doesn’t appear to be a warzone, even sporting what looks like bars and clubs.

Halo 5 Concept Art

To go with the artwork, Holmes also explained that there would be a few personnel changes on the next Halo game too. Holmes himself has given up the creative director role to Tim Longo, a veteran of Tomb Raider, Star Wars: Republic Commando and the unreleased Star Wars: First Assault, to become an executive producer. There will also be changes to the art director as Kenneth Scott will be stepping aside as well. The upcoming Halo has already seen its fair share of departures of key personnel and with all the reshuffling, we’re wondering what that means for the direction of upcoming Halo titles.

We will undoubtedly be hearing about Halo 5 come E3 and fans should be able to continue Master Chief’s story by the end of the year. What will the Xbox One version of Halo offer fans that’s new and different from its predecessors and other highly anticipated shooters like Titanfall and Destiny?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


Source: Halo Waypoint