It has been confirmed via an interview with Phil Spencer, VP at Microsoft Game Studios, that the teaser trailer Microsoft produced at this year’s E3 is not actually a trailer for Halo 5.
Rather, it was shown as a way to promote discussion about Halo and allow a few things to be confirmed, such as the fact that Bungie is indeed working on Halo, that it will have Master Chief in it, and that it will run at 60 frames per second with a release date of 2014. During the interview, Spencer explained, “If you go back in Halo history, and I’ve been around all of the [Halo's] since Halo 1… Halo usually has two [E3's].”
Spencer also touched briefly on the subject of whether we could be seeing a re-release of Halo 2 next year given that the next Halo title is set to release some time next year. “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.
That doesn’t exactly answer the question as to whether we’ll be seeing a Halo 2 release next year, but it does suggest that it’s less likely.
Editor’s thoughts: While I can appreciate wanting to tell people a little bit about the next Halo game, I do feel as if showing a trailer for something that is completely unrelated to what the finished product will be may not be he best route to take. It certainly got people talking, but people were talking and getting excited about a game that we may never get because only now has it been clarified that the trailer isn’t the game or representative of it in any way. Had they said that at E3, it wouldn’t have made many viewers happy, but it wouldn’t have left most of us assuming that the teaser trailer was actually for a game.
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