Now that Halo 5: Guardians has been out for a few years, fans are starting to get excited about a Halo 6 release date announcement soon. But 343 Industries says it's still going to be a while.The 343 Industries development team recently released a new blog post indicating that Halo 6 is well into development, but we probably won't see it until next year. The blog post states:
"To be frank (or Grim really, I’m not sure if that’s a welcome back to us or you guys, but let’s go either way. 2018 has arrived and with it, the promise of new fun times to be had and adventures to be embarked upon. No, not those adventures, but plenty of exciting ones regardless – some which might surprise you more than others."
Community manager Brian Jarrard also confirmed on Reddit:
"No ETA at the moment. My guess is it's going to be a good while still before you hear anything of any significance."
Even though that may be the case, there's always the possibility of a trailer dropping at E3 this summer. A few years back, the trailer for Halo 4 released well before the game's actual release date. Whatever the case, it seems that we won't see anything too vast for the Halo franchise until at least 2019.
Halo Games and Other 343 Industries' Projects
Halo 5: Guardians received it's final major content update last November, being the first update in over ten months, while Halo Wars 2 also received new content updates late last year. New substantial additions are highly unlikely in the future seeing as how these games have been out for quite some time. But 343 has some other stuff in the works, like the long-awaited live-action Halo TV show as multiple sources have recently stated that it's still in the works. 343 is also working with HoloLens and VR to bring future Halo experiences into mixed reality, as well. That's a bit of a long shot, but you never know.
It's a relief to hear that 343 is taking their time with the development process. Halo 4 was an excellent start for 343 since they acquired the Halo franchise back in 2012. And Halo 5: Guardians has proven to be a worthy sequel, with the campaign and multiplayer modes, and the new Customs Browser which was long-awaited in the Halo multiplayer scene.
However, Halo has had somewhat of a jaded past with the numerous bugs in The Master Chief Collection and mixed thoughts about the games created by 343 Industries. Honestly, I also had my reservations in the beginning, but now I can't get enough of the newer games.
Gameplay, Features, and Expectations
Halo 6 will be the sixth major installment in the legendary sci-fi shooter series and the closing game for the second Halo trilogy, with Master Chief's next adventure in stopping the Forerunner threat. Although he was noticeably absent in the last game, 343 has been taking in player feedback and highly considering giving him another leading role in the next title.
In addition to a new single player and co-op campaign story, the currently untitled game is going to need an impressive multiplayer mode filled with old and new interactive game types. One thing that I didn't fully grasp the concept of at first but hope they bring back in the multiplayer mode are the thruster packs. It's such a small feature, but incredibly helpful when evading enemies' attacks. It would also be great to see standalone King of the Hill and Rockets Only game types too, so here's to hoping!
Until then, even though we won't see any significant releases for existing titles going forward, we still have plenty of content to play around with in Halo 5: Guardians and Halo Wars 2. And of course all of the previous Halo games, especially since now most of them are backward compatible with the Xbox One.
When do you think the Halo 6 release date or the first time we'll at least see a trailer will be? What do you and don't you want to see in the future Halo game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!