Microsoft has revealed a first look at campaign footage for their upcoming Xbox One exclusive, Halo 5: Guardians. Two videos, one which shows off single player gameplay for the game reveals what very well could be the best looking Halo game ever made. The other is a developer diary that details the process of developing the popular game on the console.
A detailed post on the Xbox Wire discusses the development process for the building this “Epic Campaign” and describes this Halo story as one that “will change the Halo universe forever.” The post discusses the overhaul to the Halo engine that gives significant technical advances to the game, dynamically scaling resolution, and 60fps gameplay confirmation.
Per the Xbox Wire Blog: “Framerate is king for us on Halo 5. Gameplay is defined by the way that players experience the game from controller to screen. We want the connection between you and the game to feel seamless and instantaneous. From the beginning, we set ourselves the goal of delivering consistent 60fps gameplay across all modes of play. Delivering on this goal meant re-engineering the gameplay systems at the core of our engine. It required sustained commitment from the entire team as we continually optimized the experience, and the difference it makes to the play experience is immediate and obvious.
60fps gameplay is supported by a new progressive resolution system that allows us to dynamically scale the resolution at which we render the game (up to 1080p) based on the needs of the scene. This enables us to deploy resources where they have most impact across a diverse series of experiences throughout the game while delivering the most visually stunning Halo game ever.”
Halo 5: Guardians is certainly shaping up well. The graphics enhancements made that tap the power of the Xbox One and the Xbox Live Cloud should please fans of the series, and the multiplayer functionality that we got a chance to look at and play at E3 2015 were quite promising as well.
Halo 5: Guardians is readying for an October 27th launch exclusively on the Xbox One. You can check out the two videos below: