Halo 6 will be arriving this year – so we’ve pulled together everything we know to ensure you’re in the loop.
Let’s kick off with the release date.
So, when’s it coming out?
We saw and heard absolutely nothing about Halo 6 at E3 2017.
This is likely to mean it won’t be making an appearance on store shelves over the next year to 18 months – taking a 2018 release date out of the question entirely.
When can we expect a teaser trailer?
We’ll likely see more information on the game at E3 in June 2018.
That could mean a release date of Q3/4 2018 – in line with previous Halo launches – but, as we said earlier, a 2019 release is far more likely.
Earlier last year a Microsoft recruiter posted an ad for graphics engineers that claimed the next Halo game ‘will be the biggest yet’ and that ‘the new game is going to be ridiculous’.
Our mouths are already watering.
Who’s going to be making it?
Halo 6 will be the third Halo game from 343 Industries – who took over from original series developer Bungie.
Bungie now channel most of their focus on to Destiny.
Will be enhanced for Xbox One X?
Yes, if Halo 5: Guardians was anything to go by, expect the X to get the best looking, smoothest version.
OK, so what about the graphics?
Believe it or not, the last game was powered by a modified version of the Halo 4 engine (Some people actually thought it looked worse)
It was no doubt a pretty game, but for a series known for its breathtaking visuals, it fell some way short.
Sadly, building a while new engine from scratch is far from ideal – so we’re almost certain it’ll use the same base software.
When can we expect a Halo 6 trailer?
It’s unclear when we’ll see Halo 6 announced – but a teaser trailer my make it’s way into the Microsoft show case at E3.
Will the story focus on the Master Chief this time?
Almost certainly – especially given that Halo 5 alienated some fans because you didn’t play as the Chief for a majority of the game.
Halo 3 did something similar, seeing the player jump between the Arbiter and Master Chief – and people were not pleased.
Speaking to GamesTM, franchise development director Frank O’Connor said the team “took some digs for the storytelling,” with Halo 5.
“We definitely marketed in a way that we hoped was going to bring surprise, but for some fans and certainly fans of Master Chief, it was a huge disappointment because they wanted more Chief.”
How will it play?
Chances are that Halo 6 will play very similarly to previous Halo entries. Multiplayer will feature online and offline co-operative.
Will Halo 6 be Xbox One X optimised?
I can say with certainty that, when Halo 6 does eventually arrive, it will run like a dream on the Xbox One X. Expect silky-smooth 60fps 4K gameplay to boot.
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