At E3 2014 it’s possible Microsoft may announce the Halo 5 release date, a Halo movie series, and a Halo TV show all at the same time according to rumors. The best part is that a Halo 5 2014 launch might be possible, although it’s also possible it’s simply a mis-communication by Microsoft. In addition, the announcement of the Xbox One TV shows has confirmed that a a Fable and Gears Of War TV series is in the works.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, it’s possible the “transformative” experience mentioned by 343 executive producer Josh Holmes may involve a Halo 5 TV series being combined with episodic gaming. This would be a new type of hybrid entertainment similar to the game Quantum Break, which is kind of like a SciFi CSI show following a TV series by allowing gamers to explore crime scenes in-game. In the same manner, the Halo TV series would connect the dots between the action gameplay sequences by fleshing out character development. This theory is supported by the fact that the Halo developer 343 Studios posted a job position asking for someone with experience in developing episodic content. We also know Halo 5 will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud assist services in some manner due to a recent job listing for a Software Development Engineer.
The Halo 5 plot, which is said to be part of the Reclaimer Saga, was also hinted at in an official press release earlier this month:
“The Master Chief returns in “The Next 72 Hours: Part 1″! After defeating the Didact, John-117 joined the crew of Infinity … but why did he leave? The mystery begins here. Halo lead writer Brian Reed (Amazing Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel) reveals the secret events that immediately follow the end of Halo 4.”
The Halo 5 release date is also up in the air, but recently the Japan launch date for the Xbox One was announced as being September 4, 2014. What caught everyone’s attention is that this press release included a list of confirmed titles for the launch and one them was Halo. But some reports claimed the Halo 5 release date confirmation was simply a mis-translation by Microsoft and that the next Halo game would eventually make its way to Japan.
Now the Halo movie and the Halo TV series are actually two separate projects. The live-action TV series directed by Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment is expected to be launched or at least announced in the summer of 2014 alongside other original programming exclusive to the Xbox One. The Halo movie by 343 Industries / Scott Free Productions is being produced by Ridley Scott and is expected to similar to Forward Unto Dawn and also be split up into multiple sequels. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan of Battlestar Galactica and Heroes fame will direct. The first Halo movie is expected to be released in 2014.