Microsoft will release "Halo 5: Guardians" for the Xbox One and the "Halo" original series from Steven Spielberg in fall 2015, the company announced Friday.
The "Halo" sci-fi shooter, Xbox's biggest videogame franchise that debuted in 2001, is produced by 343 Industries. The previous installment, "Halo 4," rang up sales of $300 million in the first week of release in 2012.
Variety reported this month.
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The Spielberg-produced "Halo" series "will stand alone, as well as complement and enrich the game experience," Bonnie Ross, g.m. of 343 Industries, wrote in a blog post Friday. Microsoft plans to release additional details about the forthcoming "Halo" projects June 9 at the E3 tradeshow in L.A.
"'Halo 5: Guardians' is a bigger effort than 'Halo 4,'" Ross said. "That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what's now a brand-new and more powerful engine."
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Xbox Entertainment Studios chief Nancy Tellem touted the "Halo" series and a lineup of six other original shows and 11 others in development at its Digital Content NewFronts presentation for advertisers last month in New York.
Microsoft also has plans for a separate "Halo" digital feature from Ridley Scott's Scott Free Prods., directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan ("Battlestar Galactica," "Heroes").