One of the biggest moments of Microsoft’s Press conference at E3 was an impressive teaser for something from the Halo franchise. Master Chief is seen walking through the desert draped in robes before dropping them and speaking to a magnificent looking mechanical behemoth.
Speculation immediately jumped to Halo 5, but Microsoft Game Studios Vice President Phil Spencer has stated in a cryptic interview with IGN that “What [they] showed wasn’t the game.”
“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.”
Apparently, Microsoft does have a plan for the teaser though. They want fan speculation to get some ideas on what the game is about, and Spencer was quick to remind that “Halo usually has two E3s.”
“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.”
On a side note, Spencer did mention that talks for a Halo 2 Anniversary Edition.
“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.”
So, nothing is confirmed on Halo 5 just yet. Whatever that new game is, you’ll have to wait a while before you get the truth. Would you like it to be Halo 5, or would you rather it be something else? I’m a little tired of sub-sequels in the Halo universe, so I am pulling for Halo 5.