Halo 5 won’t be available until 2015 according to Master Chief’s voice actor, Steve Downes. Although Halo 2 Anniversary will apparently arrive later this year as previously rumoured.
When Halo 2 was originally leaked on NeoGAF, Halo 2 Anniversary Edition would launch in two forms: a Collector’s Edition with Halo 5 beta access and a War Collection, which includes all of the above as well as Xbox One ports of Halo 3 and Halo 4.
November 10th marks the 10 year anniversary of Halo 2.
When IGN reached out to Downes, he suggests he didn’t intend to give the impression Halo 2 coming this year was a done deal.
What I said was: ‘I think you’re ahead of yourself on H5. I have read some things on line that you can look forward to a H2 anniversary edition maybe this year, but I have no official information one way or the other,’ I was just mentioning some of the things I had read online about Halo 2. I have no idea if there will be an anniversary edition and didn’t mean to leave that impression.
However, IGN then received the original email interview with Steve Downes from GameZone where the website asks
“Looking forward, Halo 5 has obviously been announced and likely will hit this fall. I know you can’t go too in-depth with this, but where are you with your process in the development cycle? How much of the game has been voiced? Have you even gone in [to the voice-over booth] yet?” To which Downes replies, “I think you may be ahead of yourself on H5. I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015. What you can [Ed. note: underlined emphasis left intact from the original document] look forward to this year is an anniversary edition of HALO 2.”
Did Microsoft get him to re-phrase his statement or was it an honest mistake from Master Chief?
Read GameZone’s full interview with Downes here.