Halo on Xbox One a legitimate entry in the series – Spencer

Friday, 21st June 2013 19:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Xbox One’s Halo title is indeed a “legitimate” entry in the series, according Microsoft game studios VP Phil Spencer, also noting that the franchise is now considered a “saga” instead of a separate set of works.

Speaking with GameSpot during E3, Spencer wouldn’t be drawn on whether it the game is Halo 5, whether it will contain a different subtitle, or not one at all; instead saying the firm will talk more about the story arc and “how it plays out” at another time.

“Having [producer Bonnie Ross] come out [at E3] and announce the game, making sure people know it’s a legitimate version of Halo coming out, and when it’s coming out, and features that they’re focused on we thought was…important,” Spencer said.

Halo 4, was at one point the start of the Reclaimer Trilogy, with Halo 6 concluding the trilogy, but a Microsoft representative confirmed to Gamespot this is no longer the case

“While we originally said trilogy, we’ve actually expanded this to more of a saga, so we don’t want to limit the Reclaimer story within a trilogy,” said the rep.

Halo’s next iteration will launch on Xbox One in 2014.



  1. Moonwalker1982

    Probably not Halo 5 yet then.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. MCTJim

    Single player has always rocked..hope this one does too.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Lord Gremlin

    This just sounds weird.
    Halo is a game made by Bungie. This is not Halo, it’s Halo-themed fanfiction.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Lengendaryboss

    Created By Bungie, taken over by 343 Industries.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    Wait a sec… they really did show a new Halo. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such little excitement and hype surrounding a new Halo announce / teaser vid. I mean, Halo 3 also had a super short, CG trailer for announce and it was followed by massive fanfare.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. hitnrun

    I think Halo has run its course. @3 sums up my feeling on playing Halo 4.

    @5 This is a problem for Microsoft. They don’t have fanbois the way the Japanese companies have. Nobody’s writing this about Halo.

    Gamers bought Microsoft platforms for their exclusives when they were the thing, but now they’re not the thing anymore. CoD has taken Halo’s place in the youth culture. An honest-to-God Gears of War game came out a few months back and nobody noticed.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. The_Red

    I don’t think that’s a problem FOR Microsoft. Rather, it’s a problem BY Microsoft.

    Remember the freaking Halo 2 reveal at E3? There was true excitement and the Halo fans did what Japanese superfans do. Back then if Halo had gone to Sony, some fans would have written suicide notes.

    MS had that and they RUINED it. They did everything in their power to weaken Halo as a franchise. There are a ton of western gamers with insane followings. It’s all about how company treats them. Look at the freaking new Mario 3D. It is almost like a fart in terms of fanfare. Now combine that with the insane excitement around Galaxy announcement.

    Or how about SSB Brawl reveal? It was insane. The New SSB Wii U? Yeah, it’s cool. Also, Mega Man… that’s it. New Gears of War, Halo and such are the same thing. They dropped the ball and failed to restore the fans. Square on the other hand, chose the best possible venue with great timing to make people excited about a new FF game. It’s all about when, how and what you do with fan fave franchise.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. jevonski

    I’m so glad Bungee have managed to break away to bring us something fresh and new rather than staying with microsoft and halo.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Lengendaryboss

    Freedom no matter the cost.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Citrus raptor

    @3 Hear, hear!

    @6 Well, Halo had, but the 343i reimagined the fiction and skewed the story into an expanded universe, and with it lost a lot of people such as myself; people who could spend an entire day writing/ranting/theorising/speculating/etc about it.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ps3fanboy

    bring on the brown shooter halo so the drones can get their crack, lmfao!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. polygem

    @8: i agree.

    i love halo. i was disappointed by halo 4. not that it was a bad game but i really missed the bungie vibe. halo is a great franchise and it´s success is more than deserved. it plays great. the halo formula just works damn well- but i think reach was a great finale even if it was a prequel. i feel like i can put halo to rest now and continue with the new stuff bungie will create. it´s great that they go multiplat now. to me bungie are the best devs in the mp shooter department. they just nail the balanced, fun, mp shooter action that never gets old. i have high hopes for destiny and it really is the only mp shooter i am interested in atm.
    canot wait. will be a good investment. a game that will keep you busy for hundreds of hours and will still be fun.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Gheritt White

    Perfect jumping off point for me. Halo 4 was a truly incredible game but it more or less tied up all of the remaining loose plot threads from within the narrative as found in the Xbox and X360 games. I’m happy to park my fond memories of Halo and jump ship to PlayStation and Destiny, tbh.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. manamana

    Lord Gremlin shall be praised! Wise words, mate. And one hundret percent correct. Here, have a seat and a cake, you are always welcome.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. reask

    Halo 3 was brill but kinda getting boring at this stage.
    Not sure what thy can do to reignite the spark.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. BrahManDude

    im kinda liking this idea better i would like to see how it turns out like battlefield, 2 years is enough to miss it for a while and wait for the next one

    #16 2 years ago
  17. hitnrun

    @7, 10: I’m with you, I read the Wikis and even some of the novels back in the day. But that’s well over. I don’t know about you, but the “itch” to know more about Halo that I got from reading about the internal politics of the Covenant or ONI or the Forerunners was not tickled by the anything in Halo 4. Like @3 said, it just reads like fan fiction. I’d rather hold the end of Halo 3 in my mind and move on.

    Also, I just don’t think it reaches the same level of irrationality. People bought 360s because all their friends had one, and their friends had one because the system had a head start; and to play Halo 2, which was a cultural touchstone game with a highly anticipated sequel coming. None of that applies this time.

    The PS3, meanwhile toughed it out for years with bark-eating fans who clung to RPGs that weren’t exclusive, the imminent arrival of Hideo Kojima’s latest “game” that I ended up “playing” on Youtube, and Blu-Ray. Nintendo didn’t need help last gen because of their huge start, but they had their own version of that to carry them through the end: kids and people who take their Nintendo franchise games like oatmeal, as they have every morning for the last 25 years.

    Quite simply, nobody ever really cared about MS exclusive properties except inasmuch as they were the state of the art in the experience of games; and now that they’re not, MS might find that they’re in big trouble if they think they can tough it out for a while the way the other companies have.

    #17 2 years ago

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