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Microsoft is hiring for Halo 4… probably

Want to help make the next Halo game? If you’ve got the skills, you may be in luck. Today 343 Industries, also known as the division in Microsoft that deals with all things Halo, posted fifteen new job openings in addition to the nine posted last month.


Above: Halo: Reach, Bungie's last hurrah with the series

We’re sure the Halo fans that are actually qualified for these jobs are salivating at the prospect of working on the next game, but the rest of us? We just want to know when it’s coming out. Thus far, Microsoft has been predictably tight lipped about Halo 4. All we really know at this stage is that it won’t be developed by Bungie.
 
That being said, the job postings do give us enough information to make an educated guess, or at least wildly speculate, on when we’ll see the next Halo.

The available jobs lean very heavy on the art and design side, which suggests the game is still in a pre-production stage and getting ready to ramp up to development. If that’s the case, it could be some time before the game is complete. Most AAA games usually take two to three years and considering the extra care and polish given to Microsoft’s flagship franchise, it could easily take longer. Sure, the developers could build a huge team and knock it out sooner, but even then, we’d be looking at holiday 2011 at the earliest. 2012 seems more likely.

That’s where it gets even more interesting. If Halo 4 is that far out, we have to consider the possibility that Microsoft may want to make it a launch title for their next console. A Halo game at launch would be a sure-fire console mover and Microsoft has to be considering that option. A next gen Halo game would be great, but that could move the game’s release even further away.

It’s as if millions of fanboys suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced; or at least rushed to the forums to bitterly complain.
 
But fear not. Halo is the 360’s premier franchise and Microsoft aren’t going to go that long without milking it like a rented cow. After the constant Halo saturation we’ve had lately, the series will likely take a year off, but if Halo 4 is still three or four years out you can expect to see Halo in some form or another before then. Halo: Reach 2, perhaps? Or a Halo Wars sequel?
 
After all, those grunts aren’t going to head shot themselves.

Jul 1, 2010

10 comments

  • Defguru7777 - July 2, 2010 7:39 p.m.

    They're probably not going to do anything with this until well after Reach is out. Considering that Bungie has some say in the story, I'm sure the next game will be good. And why is everyone suddenly saying that there's too many Halo games? There's only six, and the franchise has been around for only about nine years. It's not like they're Activision-izing it.
  • Doctalen - July 2, 2010 5:31 p.m.

    Well damn, I thought Halo: Reach was going to far. But after playing the demo I loved it, still hold my opinion that Reach is just to much. A Halo 4 is not needed, ODST, Wars, and Reach aren't needed. No matter how good or bad they may be.
  • Limbo - July 2, 2010 7:11 a.m.

    This could either go horribly wrong or be great game. I can't imagine a Halo game being good if its made by someone other than Bungie, but since Microsoft loves the series so much they'll try and find the best guys for the job.
  • DaBadGuy - July 2, 2010 3:34 a.m.

    well hey, I know of about 30 people from Infinity Ward looking for a job. Get on it fellas. As for the game, IDK, I'm certain MS will bring Master Chief out of retirement for the next game. Master Chief is pretty much their Mario. Seriously though, work on some new IPs Micsrosoft I love Halo and all but I would love to have something new too. I'm looking forward to what Bungie will come up with next.
  • Koouunn - July 2, 2010 3:11 a.m.

    this pisses me off so much, i would just allow bungie to do it in a few years rather than fucking produce some half assed gabage from a random comapny. nicely done microsoft, ur ruining a good franchise
  • JohnnyMaverik - July 2, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    > oh, how we'll miss you halo. I'm not trying to be an ass, but a lot of people really, really won't miss it one little bit. If they were smart they'd find somebody else to make them an exclusive game, and leave Halo to rest after reach. But no, they'll sully it's memory for all who loved it and continue to bore the rest of us.
  • sharkins - July 2, 2010 2 a.m.

    Really Microsoft? Really?
  • bar1scorpio - July 2, 2010 1:06 a.m.

    Why the hell not? Submitted a resume.
  • SonicX_89 - July 1, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    Next gen Halo? I'd play it. Hell, I'm looking forward to it.
  • oufour - July 1, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    and halo goes the way of spyro and crash bandicoot. oh, how we'll miss you halo. but if insomniac has shown us anything, bungie's next IP will be even more kickass.

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