Master Chief's voice actor says next original Halo won't be out in 2014 [Update]

At E3 2013, Microsoft showed off a trailer for the next Halo game, with a note at the end stating it would be released in 2014 for the Xbox One. Most people thought it would be a new game created by developer 343 Industries, but now it appears more likely that the next Halo title will be a remake of the original Xbox's "Halo 2."

Rumors about such a move were first posted up by a mysterious NeoGAF member a few weeks ago, but now a new interview on GameZone with Steve Downes, the voice actor for Halo's main character Master Chief, would seem to confirm those rumors. He stated:

I think you may be ahead of yourself on Halo 5 ... I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015. What you can look forward to this year is an anniversary edition of Halo 2.

Downes' statement follows recent allegations from an anonymous NeoGAF user that a "Halo 2" remake would be released this year, followed by the next original entry in the franchise in 2015. Microsoft also dropped several heavy hints that a "Halo 2" remake was in the works, including comments about bees, likely alluding to the "I Love Bees" viral marketing campaign used to promote "Halo 2" before its release.

Microsoft released an Xbox 360 remake of the first game in the series, "Halo: Combat Evolved," in 2011, which marked 10 years after the game's release for the original Xbox. This year is notably the 10th anniversary of the release of "Halo 2."

Update: Downes has now told IGN that his statement just referred to what he had read online about future Halo games. However, GameZone sent IGN the exact text of their email interview with Downes, which conforms to what the site posted. That could mean Microsoft contacted Downes after the fact and asked him to amend his comments.

Source: GameZone

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