The next Halo game was announced at Microsoft’s 2013 E3 press conference. Very little has been revealed about the game’s plot or gameplay. All that is known, so far, is that it will has a tentative release date for some time in 2014. It will be the very first Halo game to be released on the XBOX One. While almost nothing is known about the game, there are still many ways to speculate how the game is going to hold up to its predecessors.
Being that this is the first Halo game on the XBOX One, we can expect the game to have much better graphics than that of previous Halo games. Halo 4 pushed the XBOX 360 to its graphical limits and looked excellent. There’s no limit on what can be done on the XBOX One. The graphics are likely to be much better, there is the possibility for having a lot more enemies on the screen at once, and the game has been confirmed to run at a solid and steady 60 frames-per-second.
The teaser trailer for the next Halo game gives virtually no information as to what the game is supposed to be about. However, it’s very likely that the game is going to be quite different from all Halo games of the past. For one, Cortana dies at the end of Halo 4. This is a huge loss for Master Chief. She was the closest thing to a love interest that Master Chief had. In the next Halo game, it’s very likely that we’ll see an even more hardened and stoic Master Chief. The loss of Cortana is going to be a burden in the next game. It’s also possible that another AI will be introduced.
Halo multiplayer hasn’t changed much over the years. It is a fact that the next Halo game will have multiplayer game modes. Halo multiplayer, for a lot of gamers, is the sole reason they even buy the game. When it comes to multiplayer, it’s likely that there will just be a few incremental upgrades that everyone has seen already. There will be new weapons from the main campaign, new maps, and new vehicles. It’s also very likely that there will be DLC map packs. These include maps made specifically for the DLC and also maps from previous Halo games. All in all, it’s very unlikely that the multiplayer modes are going to change much. 343 Industries probably won’t attempt to fix something that isn’t broken. What gamers can expect are better graphics and possibly some more creative game modes. However, the overall gameplay will probably be the same.
Now that the XBOX One come stock with Kinect, there is a possibility that the next Halo game will launch with some Kinect functionality. This is a functionality that all of the other Halo games lacked. Mass Effect 3 used the Kinect in order to make the main characters switch weapons, use powers, and choose dialogue options. It’s possible that the next Halo game will give players a similar amount of functionality.