Although many first-person shooter junkies are busy calling in mech support during the PC and Xbox One Titanfall beta this weekend, another sci-fi FPS franchise has found its way into the headlines. Microsoft had promised Halo fans that the next Halo journey would begin in 2014, but up until this point no concrete details about the nature of that adventure have been confirmed or denied.
The general assumption that gamers would be playing Halo 5 come Christmas 2014 was squashed a few weeks ago when rumors suggested the fifth numbered installment in Master Chief’s epic wouldn’t arrive until 2015. The same source suggested that the Halo journey coming in 2014 was actually going to be a remastered anniversary edition of Halo 2. As interesting as that rumor was, no reputable sources have acknowledged it until now.
In a complicated series of statements, retractions, and recanting; the voice actor of Master Chief, Steve Downes, gave fans some new intel to sink their teeth into. First, here’s Downes’ final, Microsoft-sanctioned statement to Game Zone.
“I think you’re ahead of yourself on H5. I have read some things on line that you can look forward to a H2 anniversary edition maybe this year, but I have no official information one way or the other.”
There isn’t anything too juicy there, but according to Game Zone, this amended statement was only received after Downes’ original response to questions about Halo 5 were published and caught the company’s attention. Once the interview was published, Microsoft contacted the gaming site and asked that the initial statement be retracted.
Game Zone stands by its original interview and claims to have the email from Downes containing his original response to the questions. That version looks more like this…
“I think you may be ahead of yourself on Halo 5,” Downes said. “I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015. What you can look forward to this year is an anniversary edition of Halo 2.”
Downes claims he misspoke and was only trying to acknowledge that he had read the rumors online that there may be an upcoming Halo 2 Anniversary Edition. At this point, it’s impossible to say whether the voice actor actually misspoke or not, but many parties will be quick to assume (possibly correctly) that he felt some heat from Microsoft after the interview was published.
Halo 2 Anniversary Edition has not been officially confirmed yet, so it would make sense that Microsoft is trying to avoid speaking in absolutes about the game. After the abundance of rumors that fans now have to drool over, it seems like an official confirmation should be coming any day now — provided that the game actually is in the pipeline.
Would you be interested in picking up a Halo 2 Anniversary Edition later this year or are you just waiting for Halo 5? Sound off in the comments.
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Source: Game Zone