Tuesday, May 27

Rod Fergusson talks about how he plans to betray Gears of War fans... it's a good thing!

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Rod Fergusson
The use of the word ‘betrayal’ in connection with Gears of War fans seems a tad dramatic but it makes sense when Rod Fergusson uses it. Rod is referring to the next iteration of GoW and how it needs to be new enough to not be a repeat of the last game. He told OXM:

“This isn't a great way of phrasing it, but I always talk about shipping a sequel to customers as 'managing betrayal'. They want something new but they don't want something so new that it doesn't feel like what they want. But if you put out something that's very familiar and is the same as the game they just had, then it's like 'I've already had this. This isn't new enough.”

Which sounds like a good thing. With hind sight the first three GoW games were very similar in their structure – they improved with each generation. GoW Judgement turned the franchise on its head with the whole kangaroo court trial allowing the story to be told differently. That’s the kind of betrayal Fergusson is talking about.

"You actually have to betray them enough to give them something new and surprising but not so much that they disconnect, and I think that is a big thing that we have to focus on," he said. "It's how we can innovate and bring something new to the franchise while at the same time really proving that we understand Gears - that this is the franchise that you know and love.

"So I've already given multiple speeches to the team like 'here are the core tenets of Gears, here are the things that won't be changing, and here are opportunities for us to innovate that we think we can knock out of the park.'"

All this sounds very promising – and you can see why Microsoft lured Rod back to the franchise that is under the watch of Black Tusk Studio. Indeed, the Father of GoW, has publicly endorsed Rod.

Sunday, May 25

So who is the dude in the Spartan Suit in Halo 5?

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When Halo 5 was announced you couldn't help but notice the Master Chief was top and tailing with a character wearing a Spartan style armour. The blue glow across their visor simply made me think that this was Cortana who was now  Guardian and was about to embark on another epic adventure with the Chief. I thought cool, and moved on.

Till I spied this article at The Secrets Within today via HBO which discusses the places that Halo 5 may take place. Sanghelios, anyone? What a curious thought! Maybe the Chief had to go pick up the Arbiter for a mission! Were it so easy!

That article lead me to this. An unequivocal statement by a key Halo developer that the character in Halo 5 is NOT Cortana.

So a whole new character. It's not Cortana. It's not Palmer. And I guess it's not Jun if it's a new character either.

So who could it be? I have no bloody idea - I hope it's not simply another human soldier, I want their to be some wonder about this guy. Like we are all wondering now....

One wonders if it will be a tie in to Mike Colter's character from the new Halo series...

Personally I would love it the story followed more of the path set in Halo 4 that any return to Earth, dealing with politics caused by Earthly men, visiting the Arbiter or some such - the Guardians sounds like some entities we need to meet!

Monday, May 19

Halo 5: Guardians concept art

I missed this the first time I read Frankie's comments on the Halo 5: Guardian announcement but on a re read I realised he slipped in a piece of concept art from the new game:

halo 5 concept art Guardians

Note the giant dude that appears to be on duty behind the red flag, the flying squiggly things and indeed the red flags - not to many flags to be found on Forerunner structures....

Keen fans may recall the first piece of Halo 5 art to be released.

Saturday, May 17

Halo 5 is Guardians

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Do you remember playing Halo 2 mulltiplayer and you died when you got hit by some random train or died in some weird kind of way and you were informed you were killed by the Guardians?

Well guess what Halo 5 is called? GUARDIANS.

Colour me intrigued.

343 Industries' Bonnie Ross has announced the Halo 5 title today:

I’m happy to reveal that “Halo 5: Guardians,” the next installment in the legendary saga of the Master Chief, will launch on Xbox One in fall of 2015. In the tradition of every “Halo” game since its debut in 2001, it is a massive and exciting project.

“Halo 5: Guardians” is a bigger effort than “Halo 4.” 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. Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen.

It’s a game that will hopefully demonstrate the talent, learnings and abilities of the 343 Industries team. A game that will incorporate the things we learned from “Halo 4” about technology, aesthetics, performance and scale – and perhaps more importantly, understanding and embracing a community of gamers who love what lies at the heart of this game, and the limitless potential of the “Halo” universe.

Here's the full announcement by Bonnie.

And here's the official Halo 5 Logo:

halo 5 guardians logo