It'll be a fair while before Microsoft actually start discussing Halo 4 at any considerable length. For now, we'll have to sate our thirst for all things Master Chief by contenting ourselves with nebulous claims and bold PR boasts. For instance, speaking to MCV, Microsoft's Stephen Gill revealed that with Halo 4 - which kick starts a brand new trilogy - Microsoft is "going back to what made it amazing for people playing the first Halo".
"One of the key things with Halo 4 is going back to what made it amazing for people playing the first Halo," Gill explains. There's no doubt the Halo brand has been waning of late - ODST was a terrific little spinoff, but couldn't quite stand as tall as its big brothers; and Halo Reach was a curious oddity, failing to incite much fan rage, but not doing much to spark anything quite as culturally significant as its predecessors. "But the people who are 18 years old now were only eight when Halo appeared. They probably didn’t play it. That’s the opportunity the Anniversary pack and then Halo 4 have".
Gill reveals Microsoft was massively invested in the Halo HD remake. It's not simply a case of Microsoft slapping an all new HD coat of paint over the existing game. They're truly passionate about the title and its significance. "The tenth anniversary is huge and is a product of great passion. It’s important we celebrate this – the game itself was a huge milestone for us and kickstarted the platform in a lot of ways".
He also addressed talk over how Halo could hope to compete with the current crop of shooters enjoying rampant success at the moment. "It’s different to Gears of War, it’s different to Call of Duty. So it stands alongside them," he explains. We'll bring you more on the Halo Anniversary Edition and Halo 4 in the very near future. We hope! [MCV]