Microsoft spokesman promises Xbox One's Halo will be released in 2014

When Microsoft announced it sold more than 3 million consoles by the end of 2013, one bit of detail caught the eyes of some Twitter users: Despite listing several games with 2014 release dates in the blog post, the next Halo game was absent.

According to a spokesman for the Halo franchise, however, the omission was simple: The game simply doesn't have a name yet, so it wasn't listed. That's the word from Rob Semsey, senior PR manager for the Halo and Forza franchises at Microsoft, who tweeted the following message:

Semsey quickly followed that tweet with another, promising that the next console installment for the franchise will ship for Xbox One in 2014.

The next Halo game was announced at E3 2013, with Microsoft saying it will be the first console installment in the franchise to run at 60 frames per second, though no resolution was announced. Since that announcement, Microsoft has released the top-down shooter "Halo: Spartan Assault" for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One. An Xbox 360 version of the game is expected to launch sometime this month.

In a recent interview, Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios, said 343 Studios considered having a Halo game ready for Xbox One's launch, though that would have come at the cost of "Halo 4" not being released for Xbox 360.

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Technically he said "our journey will begin", not exactly the game will be released. Sounds a bit fishy to me, but we'll see. Xbox One needs that killer 1st party title.

That is an ambiguous statement but we can all hope (since clearly development of Halo "5" has been in production for some time now) he just means the players journey will begin 2014, quite s scripted comment regarding 1 of "many"(also ambiguous) titles to come (originally Halo 4 was 1 of 3 - who knows now since they've been milking the cow since post Halo 3).

K, good to know. Now how about Forza Horizon 2 mr. PR manager (I know most "true Forza fans" dislike it) but I really enjoyed it. But yes, Halo "5" please.

Alladaskill17 said,
K, good to know. Now how about Forza Horizon 2 mr. PR manager (I know most "true Forza fans" dislike it) but I really enjoyed it. But yes, Halo "5" please.

Well, Horizon was a really great title; here's hoping with you for a sequel

Man, halo is pretty much dead by now. It went all down hill after halo 1 and 2, then the milking started. Great job at killing a good series, which should have had a dignified ending, not dragged out!

Kaa-Ching said,
Man, halo is pretty much dead by now. It went all down hill after halo 1 and 2, then the milking started. Great job at killing a good series, which should have had a dignified ending, not dragged out!

Halo is not dead.

I hope they remove some of what they added to Halo 4 to bring it back to what Halo is and learn from the level design of previous games. I feel like they ignored how Bungie made their maps and just did it their way which kind of sucked.

I hate that they promise it will be released in 2014. I'd rather they say its done when its done. Releasing games on fixed time schedule leads to crap.

Yes, but what's he on about. Didn't the "Halo" name change to "Halo 5" in a trailer revision?

I'd love to see H2 Anniversary too though...

Thief000 said,
Yes, but what's he on about. Didn't the "Halo" name change to "Halo 5" in a trailer revision?

I'd love to see H2 Anniversary too though...

That version of the video leaked. I believe the people who made the trailer had it as Halo 5, but then 343i wanted it to just say Halo.

To be honest, the only real point of that teaser back then was just to say, "YES, there will be a Halo title soon for Xbox One. And YES it will run buttery smooth," but not to necessarily announce any specific game or title.