Rumor: Halo 2 Anniversary coming to Xbox One this year, Halo 5 pushed to 2015, Crackdown 3 due Q1 2016 [Update 5]
posted on 01.29.14 at 05:37 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Plus, Microsoft's supposed fall lineup.

Halo 2

Halo 2 Anniversary is in development for Xbox One and will launch on November 11, according to an alleged Microsoft insider posting on NeoGAF

On the popular forums site, users who claim to have inside information must be verified by the administrators. An administrator got in touch with the user, ntkrnl, and confirmed he was ‘good and cleared.’

According to the user, the Halo 2 remake will include “all sorts” of additional content, and will include beta access to Halo 5.

He also mentioned a “Halo real-time show” in the works. “Think Forward Unto Down (not the Spielberg stuff),” he said.

What does that mean for the new Halo game announced prior to E3 last year? It’s coming out in 2015, according to ntkrnl.

Halo 2: Anniversary isn’t the only thing planned, however. Ntkrnl added that Crackdown 3 is being planned for the first quarter of 2016, and will be an “unlikely announcement at E3 this year.” He suggests Cloudgine is involved in the project.

The user’s final bit of alleged knowledge teases Microsoft’s fall Xbox One lineup. One user suggested Sunset Overdrive, Quantum Break, and Halo 2 Anniversary will headline the fall, to which the insider replied, “Oh, you’re good.” Also, apparently Fable Legends is planned for summer 2015.

Update: Ntkrnl has shared a host of other information:

  • Black Tusk Studios’ espionage project was code-named “Shangheist.” (ref)
  • Quantum Break and Sunset Overdrive are planned for fall 2014. No subtle hints this time. A white console bundle with Sunset Overdrive and a “fancy” controller will launch in October. (ref, 2, 3)
  • Forza Horizon 2 is in development and coming fall 2014 (“likely September”). It will have a weather system, open world, co-op and social features, and run in 1080p. Also “powered by the cloud.” (ref, 2)
  • A limited edition 1 terabyte Xbox One is planned for November. (ref)
  • Saber and Certain Affinity are working on the Halo 2 remake. There will be multiplayer. (ref, 2)
  • Xbox One is coming to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Russia, Sweden Norway, Finland, Denmark, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina in April 2014. And to China, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Portugal, Slovakia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Allied Emirate Israel, India, Indonesia, and Egypt in October. (ref)
  • Games with Gold on Xbox One will start around April. (ref)
  • The majority of these announcements are coming in March, then at E3. (ref)

The Verge has corroborated on some of these rumors. Its sources verified that a white console is coming later this year, and that a system update is being planned for March, which will fixing a number of issues with the Xbox Live service, including Party-chat problems and issues with the placement of social features. It also mentions Microsoft testing an Xbox One SKU without a Blu-ray drive.

Update 2: And some more:

  • There will be two versions of Halo 2 Anniversary: a collector’s edition with beta access and a War Collection with Xbox One ports of Halo 3 and Halo 4. (ref)
  • Sunset Overdrive is set at some point in the future. Everyone drinks a drink called “Overcharge XT or whatever,” and you either “turn into one of these giganto monsters or you die.” A corporation has taken control of the city to wipe this out, because it’s their drink. There will supposedly be managed content developed for an entire year following release, and the game is set in an “open / breathable world.” (ref)
  • Platinum Games is developing “Project Nagano” for release on Xbox One in 2016. It was previously rumored by known NeoGAF insider CBOAT that Platinum Games was developing an Xbox One-exclusive title. (ref)

Remember to take all of this with some salt, guys.

Update 3: The next ‘leak’ concerns a Titanfall limited edition Xbox One bundle, which you’ll find a supposed mock-up of here.

According to the poster, “real ones are serialized and sitting on pallets in South East Asia.” (ref)

In this case, however, Famousmortimer, another known NeoGAF insider, has said the bundle does not exist, at least as of two weeks ago.

Remember the salt! This supposed insider has said a lot tonight, ranging from believable to kooky. Be sure to approach these with the right mindset.

Update 4: Famousmortimer does add, however, “For the record, nearly everything else this dude has posted is correct, to my knowledge.”

Update 5: And now Famousmortimer is also corroborating the Titanfall Xbox One report. The update comes from his Twitter account. He also shared the feeling that this was a “controlled leak”—meaning one set up by Microsoft in some way.

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  • pekot


    • Dark_N11

      Yeah i agree but at least it’s better than sony fall lineup so far.

      • pekot

        So far .

      • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)
        • blank059

          Sony said the same thing for Gamescom and look at what happened. Don’t get your hopes up.

          • Gariya

            And since GDC is a developer-centric event, you can bet your ass it will be full of INDIE INDIE INDIE INDIE just like Gamescom.

            • Elvick

              Because indie games aren’t games.

              I even heard they kill puppies for every $1 made. O:

            • TetsuyaHikari

              Yeah, I mean it’s not as if they didn’t talk about consoles, hardware, or reveal/show gameplay for stuff outside of indie titles at GDC 2013 or anything like that. Nope.

      • DarthNemesis

        We dont even know Sonys line up lol.

  • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

    This is disappointing. Something tells me they are behind in development with their games.

    • $18114340

      Probably everybody is. The barrage of media coverage and hype belies the actual state of “next-gen” development. I feel like this was a console generation nobody really asked for, just that the PS3 and 360 were getting long in the tooth and hardware sales had long since plateaued.

    • karmacoma

      Well, Quantum Break launching this autumn would be great. I really didn’t expect that game till at least 2015. Also, I’m really excited for Sunset Overdrive as well. Autumn might be around the time I finally pick up a One.

  • Elvick

    Halo 2: Anniversary only to Xbone? or will it be on 360?

    I might buy it on 360. Might be nice to head through it again with a nice coat of paint.

    If not, oh well… though that’s lame. Having Halo 1-3 (plus ODST and Reach) on the same platform would have been nice.

  • SuperLuigi

    If it has the multiplayer of halo 2 then I would be okay with this! My favorite fps online shooter easily.

  • Sal Romano

    Post updated – sorry for the delay – had dinner at me aunt’s tonight.

    I like this ntkrnl guy.

    • DarthBrian

      Now we need massive Sony leaks.

      • Bobby Jennings

        We really do.

  • $18114340

    A “limited edition” 1TB Xbox One? When it’s only been a few months since launch, and a primary concern of this generation is limited hard drive space in the face of a rise in digital distribution, maybe it would be prudent to make larger storage options something besides “limited”.

    Granted, I doubt any users are really at a loss for space right now, but the problem can only get worse.

    • Elvick

      You forgot about all the physical game installs too. You lose precious space even if you buy games on a disc.

      1TB should be the standard in a year or so. Not some “limited” version.

  • Invisbin

    That’s a disappointing lineup for me…i’m just going to hold out until it gets cheaper.

  • Budgiecat
  • bloodiOS

    So… a bit over two months left before the the XBO launches in Japan, huh? I’m not seeing them announcing any title that might appeal to the Japanese yet so the system bombing is looking rather likely. I mean, it’s not the like the XBO was expected to do well in Japan, given the ever growing popularity of mobage in the nation and that the Japanese weren’t fond of the Xbox brand to begin with but this is like… they aren’t even trying…

    • DarthBrian

      There’s no launch date for the XBO in Japan yet.

      PS4 comes out in Japan next month.

      • bloodiOS

        I was commenting under the supposition that the leaked info provided in the the article is correct:

        Xbox One is coming to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Russia, Sweden Norway, Finland, Denmark, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina in April 2014.

        • DarthBrian

          Ah. I see.

        • Keegs79

          Not try to fuel anything (I love all systems) but I bet Sony will sale more PS4s in Japan than XB1s in Japan and all those other countries combined.

          • bloodiOS

            Well, that would be common sense.

  • Nate

    Really really bad news for me. I’ve had my 360 for about a year and I recently played Halo 2. I was looking forward to seeing more on Halo 5. Seeing gameplay was going to help me decide between getting a One or a Ps4. But now another year? I really hope this is not true. But it looks like it is.

    • DarthNemesis

      Halo 5 wont be any different than the previous games.Why do you need to see gameplay? The PS4 is already the better choice anyway.

  • Elvick

    All the updates are uber underwhelming to me. Aside from Platinum Games.

  • MrFinalgamer

    how come all the damn insiders work at MS? seriously, we need some of those guys at other companies!
    Sunset overdrive sounds so…meh. kinda expected it, but this just makes me wonder why Insomniac just can’t make a good new IP. hopefully the gameplay proves me wrong, but this sounds pretty meh

  • Sal Romano

    This is too nuts, lol.

  • Leon_Tekashi

    That’s a lot of Halo ports and other stuff. lol

  • Panda

    I wonder what Project Nagano is about?

  • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

    Fishy Fishy!!!

  • Sal Romano

    Final update. Headed to bed.

  • DarthBrian

    I hope cboat is okay. :(

    theories going around the new leaks were controlled in order to smoke him out. :(

  • PrinceHeir

    woah Platinum Games on Xbox One O__O

    • Keegs79

      Why the surprise? Bayonetta, Metal Gear Revengence, Vanquish, and Anarchy Reigns was on the 360. The news of one of their games on XB1 is normal.

  • RSene

    What does that means, ‘must be verified’? Like, if the user is real?? LOL What happens when a user is verified? What is verfied?

    • bloodiOS

      I’m assuming that the guy has to show proofs of who he is, who he works for, how he obtained such info, blah blah blah, just something that proves that he isn’t some random cat pulling filth out of his rear. If he’s “cleared” then he can go ahead and post whatever info he has on his hands for other members to see. The guy’s personal info will, of course, remain accessible only to the mods.

      • RSene

        All right, thanks!

  • DarthNemesis

    Nothing but Halo focused as usual.

  • shogunknight

    Thats quite a plan if true, wonder what Sony and Nintendo are up to this year. Pretty difficult to get leaks/info from their end