Insider allegedly leaks Microsoft’s future plans for Xbox One content and claims Halo 2 Anniversary Edition is set for release this year and includes access to the Halo 5 beta.
Part of the leak that revealed the different versions of the Xbox One set for release later this year, NeoGAF user “ntkrnl” also unloaded bombshells concerning Microsoft’s key franchises, as well as other content plans for the Xbox One. According to the poster, Halo 2 Anniversary Edition is being developed by the same studio who assisted 343 Industries — Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity — for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition for release on November 11 later this year, which will also include access to a Halo 5 beta and a Halo “series” much like “Forward Unto Dawn.” This upcoming Halo show won’t be the same one rumored to be in production with District 9 director Neil Blomkamp. Furthermore, the Halo 2 re-imagining will have an alternate ending, which the poster can’t verify if it’s true or not, and there’s said to be two versions of the shooter with the “Collector’s Edition” housing the beta access and show, while the “War Edition” will come packaged with ports of Halo 3 and Halo 4 ports for the Xbox One, as well as the contents in the Collector’s Edition.
Halo 2 Anniversary will purportedly be at 1080p resolution but “iffy” on 60fps. Unfortunately, this re-release will push Halo 5 to a 2015 release.
Details regarding Insomniac’s Xbox One-exclusive Sunset Overdrive has also been unearthed with the game set in a “weird future” like 2020 and everyone drinks “Overcharge XT” which turns people into “giganto monsters” or they die. Plot for the title is said to center around a big corporation who takes control of the city that tries to wipe away the drink due to fouling it up. Supposedly, Microsoft has high hopes for the game, as there will be “managed content” that will be developed for an entire year alongside the game’s open world and is due fall of this year.
As for other upcoming games in Microsoft’s stable, the leaked info states: Quantum Break is set for release this coming holiday,Fable Legends in summer 2015, no further news on Crackdown 3 since it’s not due until 2016, first Titanfall DLC is set to hit 45 days from the shooter’s release date, with another one hitting 120 days after its retail debut, Forza Horizon 2 is due in fall 2014 with a new weather system, running at 1080p and will be open world with social integration, and Platinum Games is allegedly working on “Project Nagano” for a March 2016 release.
Lastly, don’t expect a new Gears of War title from Black Tusk soon, as the poster claims it “probably needs” 2.5 years of development time. Speaking of the newly-appointed Gears of War studio, its cancelled project was allegedly called “Shangheist” and may or may not involve players stealing stuff from Chinese people.
Keep in mind nothing in this leaked info has been verified by Microsoft and when pressed for a comment, the company gave us the canned “we don’t comment on rumors or speculations” spiel.
That’s certainly a lot to take in. Based on the info, what game are you excited for the most? And are you fine with Microsoft digging into its Halo franchise that much — assuming what’s posted is true, of course.