In Microsoft’s recent discussion of the sales figures for the Xbox One, they mentioned several anticipated Xbox One titles. Their list, however, did not include the upcoming Halo game, which led some fans to be concerned the game would not be released in 2014. Microsoft’s Rob Semsey responded with an assurance that it will release in 2014. It was only left off of the list because it doesn’t have an official title yet.
Although people have casually referred to the game as Halo 5 since its announcement at E3, Semsey’s statements suggest that is far from accurate. In fact, earlier in the year, Microsoft representatives said that the trailer shown at E3 was not for Halo 5, but was more of a promise that a Halo game would be coming in 2014. Later interviews made it clear Microsoft had no intention of giving away details about their upcoming Halo game. This raises questions about whether or not it will be the second installment in the Reclaimer Trilogy.
The Reclaimer Trilogy began with Halo 4 in 2012 and tied the series in more closely with the Extended Universe told through other media, particularly Greg Bear’s Forerunner Saga of novels. However, shortly after E3, Microsoft revealed that the Reclaimer story was no longer going to be a trilogy, but a saga. This, combined with the mystery game not being officially titled Halo 5, suggests that it could be a game set in between Halo 4 and 5, or that the Reclaimer Saga plans to drift away from numbered titles.
Whatever it is, however, fans can look forward to playing the new addition to the popular FPS franchise this year.