After recent comments by 343 Industries stating it made a mistake by not featuring Master Chief more in Halo 5: Guardians in favor of splitting time between the beloved protagonist and Agent Jameson Locke, a new character tasked with hunting him down. Many assumed the timing of the announcement hinted that a Master Chief focused Halo 6 would be leading the charge on Project Scorpio next month at E3 2017. While that doesn't appear to be the case, fans also hopping to see an anniversary edition of Halo 3 the way the first two games were remade are also out of luck.
Posting on Reddit under the handle ske7ch343, 343 Industries community manager, Brian Jarrad, left a pretty direct reply to a fan speculating on Reddit that Halo 3 Anniversary would be the Halo game featured at this year's Microsoft E3 event. Essentially, Jarrad made it very clear that there is no Halo 3 Anniversary.
"OMG stop. There is no Halo 3 Anniversary."
Both Halo and Halo 2 received special Anniversary editions that featured completely remastered campaigns and multiplayer, along with a bunch of extras including the ability to seamlessly switch between remastered and classic graphics. Unfortunately, even though many fans continue to hold out hope, this news shouldn't come as a surprise as the studio has previously mentioned that it's not working on Halo 3 Anniversary of any kind.
Speculation ran wild this past weekend once the news broke that Halo 6 will not be at E3 this year and that 343 Industries teased it would still have a little something to show related to a different project. Considering that Halo 3 originally released 10 years ago, fans began to assume that a 10 year anniversary edition would be ready to go in celebration. For now, it appears that fans will only be able to play Bungie's classic shooter right from the Xbox 360 or the previously released Xbox One compilation, Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Are you disappointed in not seeing an anniversary edition for Halo 3? What sort of secret do you think 343 is bringing to E3 this year? Sound off in the comments below.