Team Beyond spotted ‘The Art of Halo 5: Guardians’ on Amazon earlier today. The online retailer says the art book is releasing on August 11, 2015. Here’s a part of the description for the art book.

This deluxe art book chronicles the creative and breathtaking art of the worlds, vehicles, and characters of Halo 5: Guardians, with exclusive details behind the creation of returning characters, such as the Arbiter and the Master Chief himself. Complete with commentary from 343 Industries, The Art of Halo 5: Guardians is the ultimate exploration of the intricate creature design and groundbreaking gameplay that define the Halo experience.

Could this be a Halo 5: Guardians release date?

It makes sense, and I’ll highlight a few reasons why below.

Art Book Spoilers

It wouldn’t be smart to release an art book ahead of Halo 5: Guardians. It’s bound to be packed with spoilers from various parts of the game. Team Beyond notes that the Halo 4 Art Book released alongside Halo 4 back in November 2012.

There Is Precedent

Halo 3, Halo: ODST and Halo Reach released in September. Traditionally, publishers save their biggest titles for November. But, there is always titles that get lost in the shuffle. Microsoft can avoid this and dominate sales for months by releasing it ahead of the holiday season.

Avoiding Call of Duty and Battlefront

By releasing in August, Microsoft can avoid Call of Duty: Black Ops 3(?) and Star Wars: Battlefront. There will always be a market for Halo, but by releasing in August – Microsoft can grab shooter fans looking for their latest fix. Competing with Call of Duty is never a good idea for other shooters.

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At the end of the day, this is all speculation. Amazon’s release date for the art book could just be a placeholder. Still, I think it makes sense and it’s a release date Microsoft has to be considering. Plus, the quicker I can play the full game – the better. We will know for sure at Microsoft’s E3 conference in June.

What do you think? Does releasing Halo 5: Guardians in August make sense? Or, should Microsoft hold off until November?

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