343 Industries has announced that Halo 5 will be updated to support true 4K resolution with the release of Xbox One X in November. In addition, all Halo games that released on Xbox 360 will become backward compatible later this year for Xbox One.
In the studio’s post on Halo Waypoint, 343 Industries acknowledged fans’ disappointment when Halo 5 was absent from the list of titles to get the 4K treatment on Xbox One X at E3. The studio noted that they weren’t quite ready to make the announcement then but are happy to confirm now that Halo 5 will indeed get an update to support true 4K on Microsoft’s upcoming console. Halo 5 currently features dynamic resolution scaling (up to 1080p) to ensure that it runs at 60 FPS. Seeing as Halo is one of Microsoft’s flagship franchises, it’s no surprise that it will be one of the first titles (even if it’s an older release) to showcase some of the power of Xbox One X.
The team also revealed that four more Halo games will be coming to the Xbox One backward compatibility program later in the year. Halo: CE Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4 will be backward compatible. All of these games will include campaign and multiplayer, and will support LAN play on Xbox One. Furthermore, once all of them join the program, every Xbox 360 Halo add-on map pack in the Xbox Store will be made available for free.
On top of all of that, 2017 marks the ten year anniversary of Halo 3. While 343 Industries made note of this, they were clear that they are not announcing a Halo 3: Anniversary game. To celebrate, a special Halo 3 Anniversary Throwback playlist will be offered for Halo 5. The team said that this is being built from scratch based on a selection of community-made Halo 3 maps created with Forge in Halo 5. They will feature “classic” gameplay settings, but 343i did not offer any further detail.
343 Industries seems to have a busy summer ahead of them and is looking forward to Gamescom in August where they will be showing more of Halo Wars 2. More details for its “Awakening the Nightmare” expansion will be provided and players can go hands-on with the game’s new “Terminus Firefight” game mode. Gamescom runs from August 22-26 in Cologne, Germany.