Info will be light on Halo 5: Guardians until E3 rolls around, but Frank O’Connor has been dropping little tidbits of information over the past few days.

Addressing a comment made about Halo’s engine on NeoGAF, O’Connor explains that the engine running Halo 5 is indeed a “new engine” as he explains, “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. ”

O’Connor provided some extra details on Venturebeat as well saying, “We’re expecting to do things that are really incredible on the Xbox One, and one of the ways that we’re gonna achieve that is with a brand new engine. With Halo 4, we talked about how we had gone back to the drawing board on a couple of features of that engine — but it was really an iteration of the existing Halo engine. This is a new platform with much more capacity and much more power and on a different architecture. So we’ve retooled the entire engine: everything from audio to graphics rendering and beyond. And it’s something that we’re really excited about.”

In addition, we learn that the game will feature a strong cast of female characters along with men. “There will be plenty of strong female characters in the game, but that (the unknown character on Halo 5’s temporary box art) is not a picture of one of them”, says O’Connor.

Bonnie Ross, in speaking to Venturebeat provided them with a better outlook of what players can expect from Master Chief’s side of the story in Halo 5 saying, “He’s in a very different, challenging place. He’s questioning everything. He’s questioning his past, his purpose, what he’s fighting for, why he’s fighting. And as we look on Xbox One, we want to be very deliberate with the story we’re telling with Chief. This is about his journey. It’s about his past, and it’s about his future.”

We’ll be sure to continue bringing you details on Halo 5 as they come in so feel free to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates on Halo 5 and other single player titles.

Nick Calandra
OnlySP founder and former site owner.

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