The Halo franchise will never die (at least not if Microsoft has anything to say about it).
With the release of Halo 4 in November of 2012, Microsoft promised the beginnings of a new Halo trilogy that would, ostensibly, stand alongside the first three Halo games as some kind of complementary younger brother thing. At this point it doesn't really matter how we describe it, as the latter trilogy no longer exists. Instead, Microsoft claims that what was once known as the "Reclaimer Trilogy" has now become a saga.
That video you see embedded at top-right is a teaser Microsoft debuted at the recent E3 conference for what appears to be a new Halo sequel. When asked about what this clip means, Microsoft Games corporate vice president Phil Spencer explained to Gamespot how the company intends to continue its most recognizable franchise.
"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 says.
So, if this is Halo 5 it should be the second entry in the "Reclaimer Trilogy," right? Not so much.
"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," Spencer adds.
This certainly seems like the sort of thing Microsoft should have thought of before it decided to publicly announce a new Halo trilogy way back in 2011, but better late than never, right? Plus, this should be great news for Halo fans. Not only is there a Halo 5 on the way, but this decision to describe future sequels as part of a "saga" allows Microsoft and developer 343 Industries (or whoever else eventually helms the franchise) to keep churning out new Halo titles for as long as they remain profitable. Knowing the industry and Halo's fanbase, you should expect that to be shortly before the heat death of the universe.