Why wasn't a Halo game ready for the Xbox One launch?

The Xbox One game launch lineup includes some sequels such as "Dead Rising 3" and "Forza Motorsport 5" along with new titles like "Ryse: Son of Rome". However, many have wondered if Microsoft should have released a new Halo game for their newest game console.

As it turned out, there were some plans that included adding a full Halo game for the launch of the Xbox One. In a chat with Kotaku, Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer stated:

A couple of years ago we had the discussion of: 'Should we do Halo at launch and not do Halo 4 last year?' ... But I was committed to getting Halo 4 done last year, and there was no way we were going to turn around with 343 a full Halo game in a year. So that was the plan we set on. I feel good about that.

The end result was that "Halo 4" was released for the Xbox 360 in 2012 and it became the best selling Microsoft Studios game of all time in the U.S. The Xbox One will get a port of the Windows Phone 8/Windows 8 game "Halo: Spartan Assault" in December and will get a new Halo game in 2014.

The interview also looked towards the future of the Xbox One in terms of games. Spencer says that it will be announcing major games from Japanese developers sometime in 2014. But what about the Gears of War franchise? All four games have been Xbox 360 exclusives for the console and even though the first three games were big hits, Gears of War: Judgement was a sales disappointment when it came out earlier this year.

Spencer said that any comments on the future of that series had to come from developer Epic Games. For their part, Epic is not talking at all about their plans for the franchise. It's more than possible that the next Gears game, if there is one, will not be an Xbox One exclusive.

Source: Kotaku

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"Halo 3" wasn't anywhere near ready for the 360 either when it launched...it was released *two* years later. Hopefully we won't have to wait until Sept. 2015 for "Halo 5".

What I'd like to see is a 1080p "Halo 2 Anniversary"...which would be next year.

-T- said,
They shoulda just bundled a Halo One, a HD remake of the original game

They already released an HD remake for the 360. Not even Hollywood reboots that quick!

As much as I want to see a halo game on Xbox One ASAP, a part of me kind of wants to see 343 Industries pull a Rockstar and take a few years to polish the new Halo and make it THE best halo EVERR. Like, basically give the development team a lot of time and money and see what magic they can pull off

Me too. I liked a lot Halo 4, and right now is the best moment to play it, since it's been polished and weapons correctly tuned. I wish they could push Halo 5 to 2015 for a more complete feature set.

Yeah, Halo 4 was great, but I wish Halo 5 would be SPECTACULAR

In the meantime, it wouldn't hurt for them to make the Halo series available on XB1! I would replay Halo from the beginning, if it were on One -- and probably even pay $100 for the set, even though I've bought every Halo title already.

Yea, remember what happened to what we believe is gonna go down in hell in Halo 5? It's gonna be a freaking party, dude.

Mr.XXIV said,
Yea, remember what happened to what we believe is gonna go down in hell in Halo 5? It's gonna be a freaking party, dude.

Halo 4 killed the storyline imo. Her worked was sanctioned by the UNSC when she created the Spartans. All of a sudden, now she's labeled as a war criminal? Makes no sense. The Galaxy would literally be overran by the floor if it weren't for her.

If there were ever a person to be presidentially pardon, she would be it.

Killing it? Noooooo.

Her work was only praised AFTER the covenant showed up, the spartan project was based on facing the human resistance. The problem is, once the war was stabilized and the ONI started working more with her technology, thus the UNSC Infinity being built on part Forerunner tech, they were trying to render her useless because she's trying to take back what was hers and save the Chief. Cortana will always be a key in this game btw.

It's just like the government, the flaws in the judicial system where they want to take advantage. Remember when she reset Infinity's AI? She was trying to scavenge for information that she didn't even know. They're hiding things from her, this is gonna breakthrough the series even farther!

Yeah, can't really blame THEM for thinking along those lines, somewhat surprised higher up the food chain didn't push a little harder for it though.

Hahaiah said,
Yeah, can't really blame THEM for thinking along those lines, somewhat surprised higher up the food chain didn't push a little harder for it though.

launch title games don't make as much money as titles that are released when a console has the market saturated.. they will release one probably this time next year..