Many may not remember this, but in a major interview 343 Industries had stated that they were working on more than one project at once. This opens up the doors for the Halo franchise, not only to continue its trilogy started with Halo 4 (as promised to fans by 343i) but also to create other, new projects.
One of these projects is Cortana for the Xbox ONE Kinect, Windows Phone 8, and other devices that use voice commands. Players will get to speak with Cortana and have her speak back. It is unknown exactly how much 343i has their hands in this, but it’s safe to say that they are certainly overlooking the project to some degree at least.
Halo for Xbox ONE is tossed between the names “Halo”, “Halo 5”, and “Halo on Xbox ONE” so often it almost seems as if Microsoft isn’t sure which game they want to market first. It is likely that 343 Industries has most of the development focused on one project at this time, whichever is meant to release next – but is also working on the early planning stages for their other titles. These projects could be Halo 6, Halo 7, spinoffs, remakes, who knows – it is really unclear at this time.
Right now the most highly likely situation is that 343i is in fact creating a Halo 2: Anniversary Edition Remake as we previously reported in our rumor section – in order to release as soon as possible and warm the crowd for Halo 5 which is most likely the main development project for the company right now.
However, there is another possibility being discussed by investors and gamers which is that Halo 1’s multiplayer was never correctly remade in full – instead it was pasted on top of Halo: Reach gameplay. There is a remote possibility that 343i could remake the Halo 1 multiplayer and release it alongside the single player remake with Halo 2: Anniversary Edition all in one package for Xbox ONE.
This would mean that players could play both titles on the X1 to see the storyline roots of the series, then be encouraged to buy Halo 5 when it comes out to see the full experience 343i and Microsoft will offer at that time on the Xbox ONE hardware. Even more remotely plausible are the possibilities of 343i considering a Halo 3 remake and Halo 4 port to Xbox ONE some time in the distant future, or that they may be working on Xbox 360 software as well still. Time will remain to tell the story, however we can say for sure that 343i has something up their sleeve for Xbox gamers coming soon.