A couple of weeks back, we watched a cloaked figure walking through the endless desert plains and despite briefly believing we were looking at Journey: Realistic Edition, but as a mechanized scorpion rose from the sands and the hood drooped we we’re greeted by our favourite armour-clad Spartan.
IGN caught up with Phil Spencer, Vice President of Microsoft Games Studios and asked him about the missing number.
“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.’ 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.”
But 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Halo 2, with fans hotly anticipating a remake along the same veins of the Combat Evolved 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.
“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.”
Sounds like we won’t be seeing two Halo games in one year, but more likely a Halo 2 HD bridging the gap between the 5th and 6th games in the new trilogy.