Microsoft considered releasing new Halo game as Xbox One launch title

Corporate VP Phil Spencer says decision was shot down so 343 Industries could release Halo 4 on Xbox 360 last fall.

Microsoft considered releasing an all-new Halo game as a launch title for Xbox One, Microsoft Studios corporate VP Phil Harrison told Kotaku in a new interview. This would have come at the expense of the Xbox 360's Halo 4, he explained.

"A couple of years ago we had the discussion of: 'Should we do Halo at launch and not do Halo 4 last year?'" Spencer said. "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."

Had Microsoft shipped a Halo game as a launch title for Xbox One, it would have been the first time since the original Xbox (Halo: Combat Evolved) that a Halo game was available at a new Xbox launch. Bungie's Halo 3 launched in September 2007, two years after the Xbox 360's debut.

Spencer further explained that having a "true" Halo game for the Xbox One launch would have meant starting the project two or three years earlier--and this was simply not going to happen.

"We had the discussion, and we thought having Halo 4 come out when it came out from 343 and having them really land their first full version of Halo that they developed internally would be great for the 360 customers, great for 343 in shipping something," he said.

Microsoft will release a port of Halo: Spartan Assault on Xbox One later this year, but many gamers are potentially more excited about the all-new game Microsoft teased during E3. Microsoft has since described this game as "legitimate," though no other details are available.

It is not clear if this new Halo game for Xbox One is the same title Spencer referenced above or if Microsoft had devised somet

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tightwad34
tightwad34

I'm not a FPS guy nor am I going to get an Xbone, but this would have surely spiced up the lackluster launch lineups that made me wait. I would have waited a few months anyway to let them work out the kinks because we all know every launch has major flaws.

Llama345
Llama345

I enjoyed halo 4, but it would have had to have been equally as good if not better for the launch. I'm not so sure they could have done that.

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

Halo 4 should have come out on Xbox One in fall 2014. It would have looked and played sooo much better.

MatthewSnyder86
MatthewSnyder86

But when they only got 560p, and 20 fps, they where like, "yeah I think our customers will notice" always release you're big time franchise later on, especially when there are so many freaking bugs to get rid of on launch date!

Redskyze
Redskyze

I seriously hope Halo 5 delivers some grand scale battles, and boss like battles, as I felt that the end of Halo 4 was kind of an excitement downer after getting me all hype with a Star Fox moment. Campaign woes aside, my main desire about the next entry into the series is Forge Mode. Forge was an incredible addition, and the focus on making it easier to use in Halo 4 was nice, but I want to see many more options like the option for weather effects, day/night cycles, and my personal fantasy....levels that feature different gravitational areas (like one area would reverse gravity so you'd walk along the ceiling). Tap the power of the box with Forge and I'll be a happy whatever I am (according to my avatar pic I'm a little vampire girl riding a mechanical death bee).

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

I predict Halo 4 game of the year 1080p remake will be made for the xb1.

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

halo 4 is the best game on the xbox360 ... i only a bought a x360 for halo 4 and may do the same when halo 5 will be launched.

northArrow
northArrow

Double edged sword for them really.

On the one hand, they really needed to release something – anything – for the 360. The PS3 was getting a ton of quality exclusives while those of us on Microsoft’s box were getting abandoned. While I don’t consider myself a Halo fan, Halo 4 wasn’t a bad game and it was certainly better than nothing at all.There’s no question, we 360 owners got the short end of the stick last gen, kudos to Microsoft for throwing us a bone.

On the other hand, the Xbox One desperately needs games too. Other than Forza, its launch line-up is pretty sad, and they’re going to need a “must have” game very soon in order to convince people to cough up $500 for the console.

Triton
Triton

Old news, already launched , don't care.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Hmm if you had waited until the launch to release Halo 4 I'd have been much more likely to get an Xbox One at launch I won't lie. Halo 5 and 6 are going to be one of the biggest problems of me leaving Xbox this time around since I've loved Halo since Halo Combat Evolved. 

And Halo 4 would probably not have been so boring in the process if you had more time to work on it.

That is if it came out on Xbox One only, if it was on current gen only I'd probably be playing it right now on my 360.

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

Awesome Halo game or not, I'm not touching the Xbox One until they release a Kinect free version.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

still waiting for the "resistor" tactical package or what ever it's called. it's been months since, and it still only available with the "champions DLC". makes one wonder what the next "halo" will be like, economics and all. a specially when you see "ryse" & "forza". -_-

berserker66666
berserker66666

Well Masterchief was spared of the horror show of launch Halo titles.......for now.

lock445
lock445

Develop a new, platforming Banjo Kazooie sequel!

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

I want Halo and Banjo on my PS4.

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

No need for Halo this early on, sometime next year would be perfect. Forza5 is the best launch game in ages (since Mario 64 imo), having a blast with it. Other than Forza5 though not a whole lot of good games out of the launch ones.

insloanwetrust
insloanwetrust

Well they have Titanfall in the launch window to sell their console even though it's on PC it's still a console exclusive. Infamous SS vs Titanfall come March.

sakaixx
sakaixx

too bad with halo they could boast their "best console launch game ever" tag properly

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

It's obvious the next-gen consoles have a looong way to go. I'm not a Halo fan but the game raises the bar.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Having Halo 4 released on Xbox 360 made the most sense. There are 80 million Xbox 360's out in the world. So the chance at selling the most units of Halo 4. While a Halo game for Xbox One would have been great. I will buy Xbox one when Halo 5 is released. I hope they will have a Xbox One Halo Themed console. Xbox & Xbox 360 had Halo themed consoles. So will Xbox one when Halo 5 is released.

So I will get that the Halo 5 themed Xbox one console with 2 controllers and the pack in game of Halo 5. Fall of 2015 most likely release for Halo 5. MS did the smart thing but having Halo 4 on Xbox 360 instead of Xbox one.

But if it did I would have pre-ordered Xbox one since I love the Halo series. So I went with PS4 first. But I will get Xbox one when Halo 5 is out.

PJthePlayer2
PJthePlayer2

Makes sense from a business perspective...  would you want to launch your game on a console with 70-some million potential customers or on a brand new one with only a couple million?  I hope they do get a Halo title out for the Xbox One soon.

Daian
Daian

Of course they decided against it, it would have been to great of a decision and we all know how much they hate making good decisions at M$.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

That's a shame. The Xbox One could have used a killer-app launch shooter, and Halo 4 could have used an extra year's polish (Still a great game though).

prats93
prats93

Halo died with Bungie, sorry Microshit.

pszone
pszone

see how Microsoft so dumb  first time saw halo4 at E3 I comment should be for next gen and would be high review .

Seems Microsoft  don't know how to run the console business.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

@Redskyze I like your ideas.  Expanding upon your thoughts on grand scale battles, I'd honestly love to see a larger-scale multiplayer mode that combines the player vs. AI setup of Firefight/Spartan Ops with the objective-based Invasion mode from Reach.  Teams of Spartans/Elites bolstered by AI marines/grunts in an objective-based mode with a big focus on vehicle use and some AI commanding-type abilities.  Throw in a pinch of strategy with commanding abilities that allow you to focus groups of AI on specific areas or objectives (not to mention being able to use them in vehicles and such) and I think they'd end up with something really interesting.  Certainly sounds like it'd be possible with the Xbox One as well, what with the opportunity for Cloud-based AI computing.

themc_7
themc_7

@plm3d_basic I highly doubt it. Halo 4 GOTY edition on 360 already selling for $25. I bet 343 will be focused on Halo 5 for the time being.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

@northArrow Agreed.  Doesn't help that Titanfall - though not on PS4 - is still going to be available on the PC as well.  (The 360 version, I've learned, is a port that's being outsourced to a different dev, so it's likely that it won't do all of the things that the "next-gen" Titanfall does.)  Ultimately, Microsoft just seems to lack any particularly great Xbox-only development teams.  I think the integration of Kinect into the Xbox One is a double-edged sword itself in that regard, as it could draw in some developers interested in doing something unique, but also scare off others that aren't interested in using it in any way.

The Xbox One definitely needs a true killer app, and honestly, I can't shake the feeling that it'll have to use the Kinect AND Cloud computing in some significant way in order to make it feel like something that could only be done on Microsoft's console.  Right now, the other media aspects of the console are far from enough to warrant a purchase from me (I'm perfectly content using my cable box the old-fashioned way), and there are still kinks in the Kinect's voice commands and motion control that need to be worked out, which is kind of a big problem considering how central it is to the system now.

Mind you, I'm not sold on the PS4 yet either, but based on the huge slew of quality exclusives that released on the PS3, I'm much more inclined to in general.

ajstrike922
ajstrike922

Not happening, stop dreaming, keep it moving. Quit the trolling, they said they would not.

ajstrike922
ajstrike922

I'd say let's wait till 2015. Or at least until late 2014. I want nothing to sway me away from Titanfall.

NTM23
NTM23

@Stevo_the_gamer The only thing I can think of when it comes to 'polish' for Halo 4 is perhaps part of the story, and how Didact comes into it. Didact is something only people that had explored the environments of previous Halo's (or Halo 3 at least) would know vaguely about. There was only bits and pieces of that stuff referenced throughout previous Halo's to the extent most players wouldn't catch it unless they were more than casual fans. Other than that, Halo 4 was as good as I feel it was going to get.

SniperFire17
SniperFire17

@prats93 No it didn't lol!
Get out of Bungies ass.
You were never a true Halo fan if you believe this.
You are a Bungie fan.

acp_45
acp_45

@pszone haha. are you sure because you don’t know how to run your languages xD

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

@themc_7 

Halo 5 will be in concurrent development with Halo 4 and probably outsourced to another company.  It's much easier to port over a game than to develop a new one so some third party developer will be tasked with making Halo 4.  Also, a lot of new owners are going to get the xb1 that didn't have the 360 so sales would be different.  It will probably include all the spartan ops missions to sweeten the deal and couple of new maps.

northArrow
northArrow

@ajstrike922 Did you miss the entire "180" Microsoft made? Just because they say something now doesn't mean it can't change later based on market conditions. I agree with him, I won't buy a One until there's a Kinectless bundle, and if they don't do that, I just have to be satisfied with a PS4 this gen

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@berserker66666 @ewjiml @hoppymario Fanboys completely suck.