Halo Xbox One Controversy: Microsoft Says Game Version on New Console is Halo 5, Then Denies It

By Prarthito Maity , Updated Jan 02, 2014 12:18 PM EST

How often do we come across situations where a company first spilled out something about a new release, only to backtrack and say that it was mistake? A lot these days, actually. And the newest name to make an entry in that list is Microsoft with its upcoming Halo title for Xbox One already in some controversy. Recently, Xbox Australia made a certain Facebook post (now removed) that “accidently” revealed the identity of the new Xbox One-based Halo game. And the post mentioned that not only the game is a spin off starring our very own Master Chief, but actually is the next in line for the saga – Halo 5.

Interestingly enough, Microsoft was quick to address the situation, alongside any potential propaganda the news would generate, by cancelling the idea almost immediately by stating that the post was an error.

The problem emerged after Xbox Australia, as part of an ongoing series of reasons to buy an Xbox One in 2014, wrote, "Reason #14 - The Prometheans and Covenant just won't give John-117 a break! Master Chief returns for the thrilling continuation of the Reclaimer Saga in Halo 5."

However, the problem was dealt with as soon as possible with a Microsoft representative also telling GameSpot: “This post was made in error, and we will be updating it shortly. We have made no announcements regarding the name of Halo on Xbox One.”

“As we have stated previously, the award-winning franchise continues on Xbox One, beginning in 2014. We have no further details to share at this time.”

The new Halo has been under some light for a while now with fans expecting the franchise to reveal something more about the game with the Xbox One already released.

Back in June, Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer, in an interview with GameSpot, revealed that the upcoming Halo title for the Xbox One is a "legitimate" version of Halo.

"It is the next Halo game that we are working on. We will talk more about actually the story arc in the game and how it plays out; we've got more time to talk about that," Spencer stated at that time.

"While we originally said trilogy, we've actually expanded this to more of a saga, so we don't want to limit the Reclaimer story within a trilogy," he further added.

As of now, although Microsoft has only released just a single trailer for the next Halo game, which features Master Chief in the desert, the new Halo game is expected to arrive in 2014 on Xbox One, following Halo: Spartan Assault, which arrived just a few days ago.

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