‘Halo’ Reclaimer Trilogy Now Officially a ‘Saga’

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Halo Reclaimer Trilogy Now Saga

One of the biggest surprises shown off during Microsoft’s E3 2013 press conference was the unveiling of a new Halo game for the Xbox One. While many initially believed the trailer to be for Halo 5, Microsoft refused to confirm that the game it had shown off was in fact a numeric sequel to the Xbox 360’s Halo 4. This lead many to believe that it may be a spin-off of sorts starring Master Chief, and a recent statement made by Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer lends credence to that theory.

During an interview with GameStop, Spencer was asked if the trailer for the new game was for Halo 5 or a spin-off similar to Halo 3: ODST or Halo: Reach. While assuring fans that the trailer was for “a legitimate version of Halo,” Spencer wouldn’t go into detail about what the official title for the new game would be. He did say, however, that the Reclaimer Trilogy has been expanded “to more of a saga.”

“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.”

“But having [producer Bonnie Ross] come out 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.”

This makes the lack of a certain prime number on the newly announced Halo title appear — as if for now — to make a tiny bit more sense. 343 Industries has since responded after Spencer’s statement, reaffirming that the developer has “a long-term vision” for the franchise, and that it’ll be getting around to elaborating on that in the next few years. 343 emphasized within the statement sent to IGN that Halo: Spartan Assault is also part of its plan to broaden the Halo universe and avoid limiting their plans to a simple trilogy.

“As we said prior to the launch of “Halo 4” last year, we have a long-term vision for the future of the “Halo” universe and are excited to tell many stories in a variety of ways, such as Spartan Ops and games on other devices like “Halo: Spartan Assault,” so we don’t want to limit our plans to a trilogy. Our ambitions for the franchise are even broader than that, although the core story of the Master Chief and the Reclaimer Saga is still being approached with a classic narrative approach, with a beginning, a middle and an end. We simply have more storytelling tools at our disposal now.”

Whatever the new Halo title ends up being, it managed to surprise and excite gamers. Despite the back peddling surrounding Microsoft’s recent plans for the Xbox One, Halo will remain a huge selling point for consumers, and the power of Master Chief isn’t something that can simply be ignored.

Halo on Xbox One is scheduled to launch at some point in 2014.

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Sources: GameSpot & IGN

TAGS: 343 Industries, Halo, Halo 4, Halo 5, Microsoft, Xbox One

  • Cariannis

    I just finished Halo 4 yesterday and I loved it. I hope that Halo 5 is on the 360 because I don’t plan to get a new console this year or next.

    • 1015

      Microsoft made it sound as though, minus the few cross-generation titles they showed, they weren’t very focused on developing games for 360. I think by Halo 5, it’ll be like “Xbox One or no new games for you.”

      • Brandon

        Actually Microsoft stated unlike some other companies they would keep the 360 alive.

        • dethfuse

          What other companies would you be referring to. Sony? Which is complete bullshit since PS2 was supported for 4+ years after the PS3 release while the Xbox was dropped 2 years after the 360 release. Hell PS2 might still have games coming out for it, I honestly haven’t checked since I upgraded to a slim PS3.

        • Varteras

          What that most likely means is that Microsoft will look for easy port-overs and make deals with developers to create cheap titles for the platform. Do not assume in any way that they intend to continue making any serious investments into the Xbox 360 once the Xbox One arrives. Sony has continued to release games for their outdated platforms years after they were replaced. Nintendo is still having games released for the Wii even a year after the Wii U came out. Both of them have done this and are doing it by exactly as I described. Getting easy games made for the platform just so they can say they continued to support it.

        • COREY_1993

          wow… you are soooo misinformed or chose to forget its unbelievable. how many games have come out for 360 and ps3 since 2010? ms have only brought out forza, halo and gears games and sony have been bringing out so many games, double that of ms.

  • COREY_1993

    wow… this is ridiculous. i would not be shocked if this turns into annual releases. i was so pi**ed when i played halo 4 and got a 5 hour campaign. ive played the games since it first came out on xbox and it was actually my first xbox game! so the online, i dont play much.

    the reason am so annoyed is because every game will now have a 5 hour story and the same multiplayer.

    • 1015

      I always thought it was kinda overrated. I mean graphically Halo 4 was great, but the gameplay was exactly the same. (I feel the same about Battlefield 4.)

      • tankD

        thats whats great about halo is the gameplay SHOULD NOT CHANGE I think they need to go back to halo 3 mechanics they changed the BR to much.

        • Audega

          I agree, they nerfed the hell out of the BR, and I don’t think the DMR should be in the game at all. Also, I’m not sure what difficulty everyone else played on, but my first run-through was on Heroic, and then I ran through on Legendary, and both of those playthroughs were about ten hours each, and I feel like I got a lot more enjoyment out of it playing on a higher difficulty than if I had started on Easy or Normal where I could just run through rooms, rinsing everything I see.

  • Gamer4life

    Being a Halo fan, I will check out the new version upon release. I am not, However going to buy it new! I was not impressed with Halo 4 and this new title does nothing to peek my interest.