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Well, that wasn’t the actual game, according to Microsoft Game Studios vice president Phil Spencer.
Speaking to IGN, Spencer said, “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.,’” Spencer explained. “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, there you have it. It was just a teaser for whatever Halo game 343 Industries is working on for 2014, which is probably still Halo 5, but could also be Halo: Go Kart Racer.
IGN also asked about the possibility of an Anniversary Edition of Halo 2, seeing as 2014 is the 10-year anniversary of the original Halo 2, after all.
“I’ll be open,” Spencer answered. “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.”
Either way, 2014 looks like a good year for Halo fans.