Microsoft considered working on a Halo launch title for Xbox One, but ultimately decided to put resources into Halo 4 on Xbox 360, according to Studios boss Phil Spencer.
“A couple of years ago we had the discussion of: ‘Should we do Halo at launch and not do Halo 4 last year?'” Spencer told Kotaku. “But I was committed to getting Halo 4 done last year, and there was no way we were going to turn around with 343 a full Halo game in a year. So that was the plan we set on. I feel good about that.
“Unlike some franchises that manage through 1,000 people, Halo is 343 and that team obviously has tight control,” Spencer added. “They are our Halo team. A discussion around having a Halo game at launch – a true Halo at launch, meaning like a Halo 4 or 5-size game – would have been something we’d have had to start two or three years ago.
“We had the discussion, and we thought having Halo 4 come out when it came out from 343 and having them really land their first full version of Halo that they developed internally would be great for the 360 customers, great for 343 in shipping something.”
The next Halo title is expected to release exclusively for Xbox One in 2014.