We hear a lot about the next-gen when it comes to the rumor mill and no one being absolutely sure about what's going to happen. However, one thing that has been ascertained and it's that Halo 5, the next step in the new trilogy of Halo games, is already being prototyped for Microsoft's next-gen Xbox.

The Seattle Times recently conducted an interview with development director Frank O'Connor, and the Examiner pinpointed some of the highlights of the interview, including O'Connor's blatant admission to early prototyping and technological accretion required for Halo 5 to make an impact for the impending next-generation of gaming, saying...
"We've done as much prototyping and storytelling and the future arc of the universe as we have on technology.

"So we're definitely working on the future but in some ways it's technologically agnostic at this point.

"We definitely have a lot of smart people inside the studio and outside the studio thinking about future technology and future development for sure,"

It should come as no surprise given that Halo 4 is the start of a new trilogy, with the first game releasing for the Xbox 360 and the next two making their appearance on Microsoft's next generation console.

Halo isn't the only shooter trilogy in works for next-gen consoles, though. Bungie is also working on their Destiny project that will also be making an appearance starting next year, according to the leaked contract that Bungie signed with Activision.

Even if they start now, I imagine 343 Industries won't have Halo 5 ready until 2014. That's a long ways off, so in the meantime you can check out reviews of Halo 4 or look to pick the game up this week for the Xbox 360.

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