The new Halo game, Halo 5: Guardians, a first person shooter, is still a long way from being released with dates floating around Fall 2015, but no doubt there’s speculation in the air on this exciting new title, and what’s that…? Halo 5 will be the first game of the series to be released on both mainstream platforms?
Little do we know about the new Halo game, thus the unsettled dust, rumours, and speculations. However, could this be the big boost Halo needs? It was only 2 years ago when Microsoft Studios published Halo 4, which left long time gamers in an awkward split, some loved it, though more hated it. Many blame the switch to the games new developers ‘343’, while others protest the game just downright sucks for various reasons. Either way, with the way Halo 4 left a bad taste in some fans mouths, it only adds to the speculation that Halo 5 might just be taking a leap to the PlayStation side of things hoping to expand to a much greater audience. However, with that of course we must take a look back at previous titles and how that will affect exclusive PlayStation owners and their connections to the story. For those who have never played previous Halo games due to them being exclusively on the Xbox systems, may have a hard time smoothly understanding the lore of Halo 5, that is if the story line connects with previous titles.
Though, enough about the PlayStation, what does this mean for Xbox, moreover Microsoft. Releasing one of their exclusive titles as a free for all ideally means they would take a hit to their funds. The way exclusive titles work is that the games and the consoles work hand in hand, making it a win-win situation for both game developers, and console developers. Gamers will buy a game console specifically for an exclusive title, giving lots of profit to Microsoft, but what happens when a game isn’t exclusive, and available on both the Xbox & PlayStation. That throws those promised funds out the window, as it can now go both ways, but ideally means more profit for game developers, as it’s an open field.
So will Halo 5 be the first Halo on PS4? The big question, we don’t know, it’s unlikely judging on past occurrences. Microsoft would be insane to let go of a trusty moneymaker like Halo, though stranger things have happened. Halo 5 is set to be released on Xbox One, though rumours spill, the PS4 as well. We’ll see.