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Spencer: MS not looking to turn Halo into annualised franchise

Tuesday, 14th June 2011 10:05 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer has said the company isn’t looking to turn Halo into an annualised franchise despite the release of several Halo games in the past couple of years and in the future.

Following a two year-long gap after the release of Halo 3 in 2007, three Halo titles have released in two straight years: Bungie’s Halo 3 expansion ODST and Ensemble RTS Halo Wars – the developer’s final game – in 2009 and Reach from the former last year.

With Reach being Bungie’s final contribution to Halo after creating the series in 2001 for the original Xbox, this year will see the release of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition this November from Saber Interactive, followed by the main event next year: Halo 4 from 343 Industries.

Despite that, Spencer says Microsoft won’t get into the habit of annualising the series further.

“People shouldn’t look at Anniversary as part of an annualized franchise,” Spencer told IGN at E3.

“I love the fact we’re doing the Anniversary edition because I loved Halo 1. We just looked at it and thought it needed to be refreshed. It wasn’t part of us trying to get into an annualized rhythm with the franchise.

“It will be done in time for this holiday that is the 10th Anniversary for Halo. It felt like a good time to celebrate it.”

With the release of Halo: CE Anniversary Edition, will it open the way to more HD reboots? Spencer didn’t rule it out, adding it has talked about a Halo 2 release.

“Obviously Halo 2 is one that we’ve talked about. I wouldn’t say this is a strategy for us to go back and remake Xbox 1 games,” he said.

“This was the 10th Anniversary of Halo so it made sense. We don’t really have a “remasters” program that we’re kicking off with this launch. There are obviously some great Xbox 1 games that would be nice to see, but we’ve focused most of our resources on creating new things. I’m not putting it in or out of bounds right now, though.”

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  1. Shonak

    RSC 2 HD Remake please, thank you. :)

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Night Hunter

    Well, they did pretty good for not wanting to turn ist into an annualised franchise, because if they keep their release dates with the CE Remake and 4 it will be four Halo Games in four years. Although I have to admit one is just an AddOn and one is a Remake

    #2 3 years ago
  3. pukem0n

    i dont count Halo Wars to the main Halo-games
    also ODST was just an addon. didnt they say they had most of it made in their free time or something? so MS saw an opportunity to make some quick bucks and bam :D

    #3 3 years ago
  4. IL DUCE

    Yeah I guess odst was pretty much just a campaign expansion pack since it didn’t have its own multiplayer it just came with a halo 3 multi disc and also introduced firefight so it was a pretty big, full price “expansion”, yeah halo wars doesn’t count it wasn’t a real halo game, it was based off the franchise but not a core game it was in a completely different genre…also the halo anniversary edition isn’t like they are building a game from the ground up they are just remastering the original halo and putting in 7 multi maps from past games…it really shouldn’t even be full price although I will probably buy it anyway…it should be like 40 bucks at most…so really its a two year break between new full big time entries in the franchise between reach and halo 4

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Kuwabara

    the only shit keeping xbox alive

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Lewis247

    @5 Your mother must be so proud of you.

    On topic, Halo 2 would be pretty sweet to see a remake of but right now I’m so hyped for halo 4. CE remake should be a rare treat aswell. Something I have been wanting since the 360′s release!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Bloodyghost

    @6 Same boat here. Me and my brothers all jumped for joy at the sight of Halo HD. I swear the Single Player, alone, will carry us to Holiday 2012.

    #7 3 years ago