Xbox Not Getting New Halo Arcade Game
The new game, Halo: Fireteam Raven, is staying exclusive to arcades for now.
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Halo: Fireteam Raven, the new Halo game for arcades, is probably not going to come to Xbox. In the latest Halo weekly blog post, developer 343 Industries confirmed that it has no plans to bring Fireteam Raven to Xbox or any other systems...at least not yet.
"There are currently no plans for release on Xbox or other platforms," 343 said.
In the post, 343 said Fireteam Raven is a "unique arcade experience" that makes uses of a giant custom-made cabinet with a 130-inch 4K screen and four mounted machine guns. So yeah, that kind of experience was never likely to be possible in your home on an Xbox anyway.
The game was developed by arcade game companies Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix with the idea that it would be "uniquely suited" for arcades and other places like that. The game will be available in Dave & Busters locations in the United States later this year, with availability in other parts of the world coming sometime after.
But if you have a lot of money burning a hole in your pocket and want a Fireteam Raven cabinet for yourself, will that be possible? It sounds like it, as 343 said the game will be available from distributors "on a broader level" later this year; other details, like pricing, will come later.
343 also confirmed that Fireteam Raven's story is indeed canon. It's set in the timeline of Halo: Combat Evolved, putting players into the shoes of ODST troopers that make up Fireteam Raven. While you don't play as Master Chief, you're battling his enemies: Covenant forces.
Finally, 343 also reiterated that its efforts to support Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix on Fireteam Raven is not taking away resources from Halo 6. "Halo: Fireteam Raven was built by arcade legends Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix, collaboration with specific teams at 343 for story, art, and other franchise elements," 343 said. "The core 343 Industries game development team remains hard at work on the next Halo FPS installment."
While Halo 6 has yet to be officially announced, we know it is in the works and some details about it have come to light. For example, it's been confirmed that the new Halo FPS will feature split-screen multiplayer support and we also know it will be free for Xbox Game Pass subscribers. If Microsoft is to announce the next Halo game soon, that could happen at E3.
For more on Fireteam Raven, check out the announcement trailer above. And as for E3, our predictions for the Xbox show include a Halo 6 reveal and lots more.