'Halo 5 Guardians': Microsoft Confirms New Title Will Be Xbox One Exclusive, Not Coming To 360

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated May 19, 2014 04:30 PM EDT
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If you were holding out hope that Halo 5: Guardians would be coming to Xbox 360 as well as Xbox One, Microsoft has ended speculation by confirming that the newly announced title will be an Xbox One exclusive.

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Microsoft confirmed the exclusivity in response to an inquiry from Geek Wire. The news won't come as a shock given the statement from 343's General Manager Bonnie Ross on Xbox Wire, which explained that Halo has always pushed Xbox forward and will continue to do so with Halo 5: Guardians.

"Halo isn't simply a perennial game franchise, it's a part of the Xbox platform itself. In terms of innovation and ideation, it's sometimes important to people who might not even play Halo. And of course it's a passion and an essential experience for two generations of gamers. So we asked ourselves, how do we begin and where do we go with Halo on Xbox One?

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"In the past, Halo games have pushed the Xbox forward, showcasing the console and its ecosystem in entertaining and innovative ways. Making a Halo game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we've been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial.

"It's a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very seriously to ensure we deliver the Halo game that fans deserve, and a game that is built from the ground up for Xbox One. It's a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very seriously to ensure we deliver the Halo game that fans deserve, and a game that is built from the ground up for Xbox One."

It might be unfortunate news for Halo fans who aren't able to get their hands on an Xbox One, but the game will benefit overall. Without having to hold back graphically and technically to work on last generation hardware, Halo 5 will be able to harness the full power of Xbox One to impress the series' fans.

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