Halo 5 Will be Released in 2014 According to Official Xbox Magazine Cover

Right in the middle of the cover of the upcoming March issue of the Official Xbox Magazine (as displayed on the official site TotalXbox.com), that you can see below, you can read “Halo 5: It’s coming this year!”

While we don’t know yet if it’s true, as there hasn’t been any announcement directly from Microsoft, the official Xbox Magazine is supposed to have solid ties with the the publisher in Redmond, so it’s possible.

Yet, we should definitely take this with a big pinch of salt until Microsoft actually announces a release window, cover or not.

What we do know is that the magazine sports a few pieces of concept artwork showcasing the world of the game, but whether the game is really coming out this year or not, your guess is as good as mine.


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  • foureyes oni

    i doubt it.

    • Averix

      Even if they think it will, it will likely get delayed. After Halo 4 though, I’ll give 343 the time they need to make a great game again.

      • idi

        Halo 4 was the worse Halo that the planet has ever seen…

        • PCS4-Box U

          Agreed. I like the Halo series too, Halo 3 was gold… Reach was mediocre and Halo 4 was trash – stoped playing in under a week.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Same, but hey. Can’t be worse than Pachter’s predictions.

  • Mikeherp Derp

    Wasn’t it supposed to be Halo 2 remake?

    • NeonPriest

      U know they were both mentioned and u don’t even have an xbox one and constantly troll about it, and again here u are jealous and insecure as always lol. Derp….yep that fits haha.

      • Are you saying you wouldn’t want an HD Halo 2 Anniversary edition? Cuz I think that’d be perfect!

        • shinitaru

          wasn’t Halo 2 an HD title already?

          • O.0 Not at all!? While it was one of the best looking 6th generation titles, it was nowhere near HD. Resolution was 480p with 256×256 weapon textures. These were upgraded to 512×512 for the Vista port, and new AA/better compression tools were also added. Also, the 360’s upscaled did a fairly good job, but the title was nowhere near HD. Not by today’s (or even 8 years ago’s) standards anyway.

            Here’s a fairly lengthy but through comparison video to “demonstrate” the different resolutions.


            Also, another thing I’d be all about – if the rumors are to be believed – would be the reimplementation of Halo 2’s ground-breaking multiplayer. That’s what put Xbox LIVE on the map and is largely responsible for the continued success of the dominate online console gaming space!

          • shinitaru

            I played it on my PC, kind of low rez for a 360 title, wasn’t it?

          • – _ – It wasn’t a 360 title. The 360 is backwards compatible, and what you’re seeing is the 360’s upscaler at work on an OG Xbox title.

          • shinitaru

            no, I just got it in my head that it was a 360 title, like I said, I played it on my PC.

          • Ahh, I can understand that. I played it on all three platforms, but I couldn’t stand playing it on PC… But that’s probably because it was a port of an Xbox game to Windows Vista that was being “tricked” into running on an “emulated” version of Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro and the drivers were rather finicky.

            Got all the achievements, and enjoyed the MP servers the day they were finally closed ( < / 3 ) but the best experience was definitely on the OG Xbox despite that being where the graphics were poorest.

            I'd kill for an Anniversary release, if only to go through the campaign with updated XBL co-op. Halo 2 is [probably] my favorite game of all time, so I've kinda got a soft spot for it. By comparison, I couldn't care [much] less about the HD Fable remake. But H2? Yeah, I'm all about it.

          • shinitaru

            Lol, yeah I can see there being a few problems with that arrangement. Probably had to run it in compatibility mode too, didn’t you?

          • I was running Windows 7 on a Bootcamp partition of my MacBook Pro, but being the dummy I am I didn’t even think to run it in compatibility mode… Instead I went through the trouble to find a bunch of patches and driver updates and blah blah blah to run it on Win 7. It was a hassle.

          • Dennis Crosby

            It was a OG Xbox title the community for that game lasted so long it seem like a Xbox 360 title

        • mastermind

          Halo 2 best halo by far!

      • Mikeherp Derp
  • gamesepcs.com.br

    Halo 5 beta multiplayer…..

  • bigshynepo

    They will just release a 16 map multiplayer game and call it Halo 5, saying they wanted to concentrate on multiplayer. It’ll be priced at $69.99 and people will buy it hand over fist.

  • SpartanBerdi

    fail, Rushing a game won’t make things better Microsoft. It better be 1080p or have insane textures and revolutionary gameplay.
    Halo 3>>>>Halo 4

    • PCS4-Box U

      Absolutely!!! Halo 4 sucked so bad, Reach was ok but Halo 3 was gold! They better come out strong cause Halo is played out but i imagine this will be a rushed for next-gen piece of garbage.

  • Cpt Ahab Spampurse

    Screw Halo, I gave up after Reach which was like pulling teeth. It’s easily one of the most the most overrated franchises ever.

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  • Robbie Yarber

    This is the only reason I’m keeping my Xbone, but if it really is delayed I’m going to seriously consider trading it in.

  • Robbie Yarber

    I expect the rumors about it being episodic are true, so Microsoft can extract as much money from it and consumers as possible. I saw what Halo is going to turn into when I played Spartan Assault: a microtransaction-filled monstrosity.

    • Joe Reid

      I can say possitively that the halo games that 343 makes are not going to be microtransactions filled games. Halo SA was by a different developer as well. And I might actually enjoy an episodic type halo series

  • Redinferno124

    Can’t they just take their time with it? Halo 4 was a good stepping stone for the new studio, but now they need to really push this series forward if they want it to continue.

  • Flyte_79

    Yea cos Microsoft wouldn’t lie… Right…?

  • NeonPriest

    Gotta love all the insecure ps fanboys trolling every xbox article comment section, insecurity to the core. Now go try to deny it with replies lol only adding more proof then u being here in the first place. <3

    • shinitaru

      I see you trolling a lot of PS topics too, don’t act like you’re any better

      • PCS4-Box U

        no doubt! What a hypocrite!

    • Mikeherp Derp

      Dumb, delusional, wrong, hypocrite.

    • Bankai

      That’s rich coming from an insecure Xbox fantroll. Judge not, lest ye be judged, my hypocritical friend.

  • choujij

    lol Yeah right. Go up against Destiny. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • JerkDaNERD7

      Halo against Destiny…?! Destiny is a new IP Halo is arleady popular. Few of the outspoken trolls on the internet holds NOTHING against the actual numbers that prove Halo is still popular.

  • Personally, I’d rather a Halo 2 Anniversary release in 2014 and a Halo 5 release in 2015. That’d put the new Gears of War up for 2016, and we’ll have a new IP for 2017. 🙂

    I mean, as it is this year will be so full it’ll be hard to get it all in. Destiny? Yeah, that’s gonna take a huge chunk of time out of my fall. If I could get a Destiny release in September, then have a H2A release in November, then that’d set me up quite flawlessly for the preparation for the 2015 Halo 5 release. > ^ < Please be a thing!!


  • You are flat out wrong

    I think it’s amusing that the phrase “Xbox One” only appears once on that whole cover, in small font in the corner.

  • Michael Cardwell

    All this negatively… Just everybody shut it! Sick of the complaining and whining. My god it’s so annoying its pathetic! Buy whatever console and play your games. Just please shut up about everything else. You guys no nothing at all. When you speak you just make yourselves seem ignorant as hell… Lol

    • shinitaru

      It keeps getting worse too, each side egging each other on till there’s no room for rational discussion at all, it’s tiring

      • JerkDaNERD7

        We all know who’s more prevalent in this tiring fangirl toss around, and those are the Sony ponies.

        It’s so out of control it feels as if it’s stealth marketing. From neogaf to N4G it is just CRAZY!

        • shinitaru

          and calling them “Sony Ponies” isn’t part of the problem, is it? In my opinion, all fanboys suck, that includes you

          • JerkDaNERD7

            doesn’t take away the fact it’s mostly them…

          • shinitaru


          • JerkDaNERD7


          • shinitaru

            Yeah, STFU. You have nothing meaningful to contribute to any topic, so please do us and yourself a favor & stop posting.

          • JerkDaNERD7

            You and who?! It seems like your the only one commenting to me, which as a result makes you look like a huge jackass. So again…


          • shinitaru

            Yeah, I don’t see anyone standing up for your stupid ass either. I couldn’t care less how some brainless fanboy perceives me. Coming from you, jackass is a complement.

            grow up or shut up.

      • Michael Cardwell

        Yeah what’s disheartening about this whole thing is both systems are fantastic! I love them both. I love console gaming in general. The way people are acting though is creating a real issue right now. The reality cause of all these people defecting from X1 to PS4 we are looking at a 1 console future. Which means the demise of the industry could be upon us like the media seems to think anyway. Even Cliffy B is saying the same thing. Buying just PS4 is not great news folks. I use my X1 more right now personally. Oh and resolutions lol. I laugh at this cause 900p to 1080p is basically no diff to write home about. That is a non issue! Everyone seems to be confused that how good a game looks has more to do with ingame poly count and pure detail. The developers engine in other words. Look at RYSE for example. Not saying its a great game either. Just using it as a example… It’s 900p and Killzone Shadowfall was 1080p. Most people say RYSE looked better. Why you think that was? In other words why are we making such a big deal over the resolution gate when it’s not what truly matters? Us console gamers will determine the future of this industry and right now it’s very bad…

  • Marcos Frazão

    Nobody cares pal

  • Maybe Halo 5 will have a prologue in 2014 like Ground Zeroes

  • Jabal Abdul Jaharski

    Why xbox games is always about aliens and shit?

    • Because sci-fi is the best genre?

    • Guy Brohski

      Crackdown, Forza, Fable, Titanfall, etc do not have aliens in them. Your thought process is just set to “Pony”.

  • Ricardo Pereira

    Great. 343i did a great job on Halo 4. Cannot wait for this one.

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