"343 Industries is in the market for a software development engineer to help "drive the future of Halo", a process that involves work with "external partners".
The right candidate will help 343 with "the challenging task of ensuring our external partners are able to turn world class games into industry movers". He or she "will be able to support external partners using a mature pipeline, drive new techniques and algorithms, take a lead on performance tuning issues and bringing passion and new ideas to the table. They will also be approachable and able to work with closely with artists and designers to understand requirements and solve problems."
Applicants should have "recently shipped a AAA Xbox One title", and will be expected to "get up to speed quickly on [an] existing codebase already in production". This suggests - and I'm stretching here, no doubt - that 343's mostly unrevealed Halo Xbox One will be the technological basis for any hypothetical parallel projects.
Halo 2 Anniversary is now being rumored to be releasing along with Halo 5 in this article. not because 343 can handle developing 2 games at once. but because Halo 2 Anni is now being said to be under development of a 3rd party studio. it led the journalist, as well as me, to believe Halo 2 Anni will possibly have a 2014 release for the Xbox One. which would be pretty good for the Xbox One...definitely.
"Halo Anniversary co-developers Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity are tipped to be working on Halo 2 Anniversary by a number of sources. Microsoft has stated that these and other reports are "based solely on speculation", which isn't quite the same thing as saying that they're false. "Other than confirming that your Halo journey on Xbox One begins in 2014, we have made no announcements related to specific titles," adds the statement in question."
two speculative pieces of news but still worth a discussion.