343 Industries has reportedly already begun work on the sixth instalment in the popular “Halo” video game franchise, several weeks out from the global release of the fifth game in the series.
Games Radar scored an early look at the upcoming “Golden Joysticks Halo 5” special in which 343’s Frank O’Connor and Bonnie Ross reveal that the company has a twenty-year plan in place for the franchise.
O’Connor says not only are they aware of what the sixth entry will deal with story wise, it will apparently lay a ‘fictional foundation’ which will carry the series through the next two decades:
“We do kind of know what’s going to happen in the next game pretty well at this point. We’re doing serious real planning and even some writing on the next game already, and that’s a luxury – we’ve never been in that position before.
So we both know at a very high level what’s going to happen in, say, ten years from now. But at that very granular level knowing what’s going to happen in the next game and that’s just been a great feeling for me.
If you start making those stepping stones too rigid, then you’re not being realistic about the game development process. That process could change the story but we know what’s going to happen in the next game, and we kind of know what’s going to happen to the Master Chief ultimately.”
“Halo 5: Guardians” is exclusive to Xbox One and hits stores on October 27th. No word on a date for a “Halo 6” though a late 2017 or more likely late 2018 release seems the best bet.