The reveal of Halo 5: Guardians created a lot of speculation between fans of the franchise, and Development Director Frank O’Connor provided more details on NeoGAF, clarifying a few interesting points.
First of all he mentioned that we’ll meet plenty of strong female characters, even if the protagonist won’t be one:
There will be plenty of strong female characters in the game, but that is not a picture of one of them.
We also learn something interesting about the new engine that will power the game: apparently it still includes a tiny part of the original engine as its core:
The things at the core are vital, but a tiny fraction of the overall engine footprint. It’s a new engine. Not an iteration or a rendering evolution.
It’s a new engine.
That’s actually very good news, considering that Halo‘s engine played a large role in what made the franchise unique. I’m sure I’m not the only one eager to see the new engine in action, possibly at E3.