New Halo rumors have arisen, suggesting Halo 5 may have been pushed to 2015, while Halo 2 Anniversary will take over in November as 2014's Halo installment. While this may be bad news for some, plenty of fans are happy for the alleged delay.
Once more, these speculations come from our favorite industry rumor mill NeoGAF, where a recent post cites one "ntkrnl." An exchange on an older thread yields the following:
"A bunch. I'm gonna take it a little easy because I'm sure someone is, or will be pounding their fist into a mahogany desk overlooking the Redmond campus.
"What has me excited right now is the revisiting of Halo. So later this year we're gonna get Halo 2 Anniversary edition WITH ALL SORTS OF SHIT. On Xbox One. November 11th!"
When another user noticed this post and asked if that meant Halo 5 was being delayed, ntkrnl replied simply, "Yep."
More exchanges suggest that Crackdown 3 is also in development. The same source notes, "You will get Crackdown 3, unlikely announcement at E3 this year, as it is a 2016 release date."
Not surprisingly, some have asked ntkrnl to verify their claims, to which they replied:
"Lol.... its kinda hard to impart any sense of legitimacy when you're the source and... I did just sign up yesterday.
"I can tell you that there is a deal with Microsoft and Cloudgine for the project (codenamed Nimbus) that was struck back last year.
"There is a bunch of other stuff I can maybe say that would make me look like I'm telling the truth too, but its pretty awkward just strolling into a thread and blowing my load, you know?"
Rumors should always be taken with grain of salt in lieu of solid evidence, but NeoGAF is known for verifying their sources. If true, the Halo 5 delay doesn't come as a huge surprise. While Halo has been known to maintain its two-year release cycles, 2014 is already looking incredibly competitive with other shooters like Bungie's Destiny and Respawn's Titanfall.