Wed, Jun 26, 2013 | 09:35 BST
Halo E3 teaser wasn’t actually Halo 5, Microsoft discussing Halo 2 Anniversary, says Spencer
Halo 5 got a teaser trailer at E3 a few weeks ago, right? Well, that’s all got a bit cloudy now thanks to some fresh quotes from Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, who claims it wasn’t Halo 5, but a 60FPS shooter coming in 2014. He’s also said that the publisher and 343 Industries are discussing the possibility of Halo 2: Anniversary.
If you missed the Halo E3 reveal trailer you can watch it again here.
Speaking with IGN, the Microsoft Game Studios vice president said of the trailer, “There was no ambiguity in not putting a number after the game. For me, what we showed wasn’t the game. Nobody should be confused on that.
“I didn’t really want to try to show something that was clearly a thought piece by the studio around where Master Chief is in his journey, and then drop the name after it and be somewhat disingenuous about that being the game.
“But I did want Bonnie to come out and say, ‘First-person shooter. Master Chief. Because they’ll get the questions – ‘Hey, is this ODST? What are you guys doing?’ Bonnie comes out and reaffirms that 343 is building this game. It’s Master Chief. It’s a first-person shooter at 60 frames per second. It’s coming in 2014.”
So something Halo related is coming in 2014, but it’s not Halo 5. Is Spencer simply alluding to the fact 343 is dropping numbered Halo games in favour of colons and subtitles?
Meanwhile, Halo 2: Anniversary may be gaining traction, as Spencer said Microsoft is discussing it, “I’ll be open. We have discussions about it. It’s more about the right time and making sure that we really would do the right thing for the franchise.”
“The Halo Anniversary that we did was as much about the launch of the first Xbox as well. It was a culmination of many things coming together. It would probably run out of steam if we were trying to think about, ‘Okay, what’s 10 years old now?’ It’s definitely more from the game itself, the experience that we’re able to bring to market. Less about ‘Is the last digit a zero?’ in terms of its anniversary.”
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