Ready for more Halo? Seeing as the next-gen Xbox One is vacant of a Halo game the answer is probably yes. According to the voice actor of the one and only Master Chief, Steve Downes, Halo 2 Anniversary could be coming out in 2014. The information shared by Downes may indicate the outline of Bungie’s upcoming schedule for releasing Halo titles (which has changed from the Halo Trilogy to the Reclaimer Saga). The most obvious conclusion after seeing Downes quote is that a Halo 2 Anniversary is set to release to coincide with the ten-year anniversary of the original release of Halo 2.
In 2001 Bungie Studios released Halo: Combat Evolved. In 2011 Bungie released Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary in celebration of the game’s ten-year anniversary. In 2004 Bungie released Halo 2 and now in 2014, 343 Industries (those that took over the Halo series) have the opportunity to create a ten-year high-definition remake of Halo 2. Senior of PR, Rob Semsey, tweeted about the matter of a soon-to-come Halo game. “Rest assured your next Halo journey WILL begin in 2014 #staycalm.” With the amount of work necessary to complete Halo 5, it seems the title will not be ready until 2015, which would mean Semsey is talking about Halo 2 Anniversary or possibly something else entirely.
Now regarding the original quote from Downes, he starts by saying, “I think you may be ahead of yourself on Halo 5. I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015.” However, Downes continues by saying, “What you can look forward to this year is an anniversary edition of Halo 2.” This is taken directly from his original email interview between Steve Downes and Gamezone.
Now it seems Downes is trying to deny the existence of a Halo 2 Anniversary. After Downes was quoted, IGN reached out to him and he replied by saying he didn’t mean to confirm anything and that it was all speculation on his side. After the story broke it is possible that Microsoft was not appreciative of such a quote and asked Downes to amend his previous statement. This however, is not known for sure.
During E3 of 2013 343 Industries did make it clear that they were working on another game, but a title was never confirmed. We know that Halo 5 is likely being worked on but will not be finished until at least 2015. With that being said, 343 Industries has probably realized that the new Xbox One (and maybe even the PlayStation 4) are incredible markets for another Halo title. The next-gen consoles already have a small library, a Halo 2 Anniversary would allow 343 Industries to maintain primary focus on Halo 5 (or whatever Halo they are working on) while still being able to join the next-gen library of games.
Steve Downes has already said his piece to the internet, whether they will believe his first or second statement remains to be seen. Nothing is confirmed, but all arrows certainly point to 343 Industries making a ten-year anniversary of Halo 2 in 2014. As for Halo 5, that likely won’t see the light of day until at least 2015.