When details about in-development projects leak out ahead of schedule, it's a headache not only for developers and publishers, but also fans, Halo franchise director Frank O'Connor says. In a post on NeoGAF (via MP1ST), O'Connor did not hold back when addressing leakers.
"Breaking embargoes is not prophesy. Nor does it require any particular skill or insight. Ultimately [leakers are] taking or being given information and leaking it, illegally and often erroneously," O'Connor said. "People, including nice people with kids and families and stuff, work super hard on this stuff and wake up in the morning to find some of their effort blown up."
"It's not fun, and for what? So you can have a mildly interesting surprise 8 hours early and lacking context? Or get hyped or disappointed disproportionately? Or get someone fired or someone innocent yelled at? Ok. But it isn't prophecy, nor ultimately even important. It's annoying," he added.
O'Connor's comments come just days after an Xbox One bundle called the Halo: Master Chief Edition was revealed. Microsoft has not commented on this bundle, which will reportedly include remastered versions of Halo 1-4. In addition, an anonymous NeoGAF poster in January claimed that Halo 5 would be released in 2015, and that Microsoft would offer a special Titanfall Xbox One bundle and a $399 Xbox One model in 2014. All of these rumors have since proven to be accurate.
On Friday, Microsoft officially announced Halo 5: Guardians for 2015, but teased that the start of your "journey" will begin in 2014. Microsoft is expected to make more Halo-related announcements at E3 2014 next month.