BREAKING: Voice of Master Chief confirms Halo 2 Anniversary, says Halo 5 won’t release this year

***Update*** Microsoft has responded to Downes' confirmation, but there seems to be some confusion. Read the update here. You can also read the fully published interview with Steve Downes here.

Halo fans may not be able to continue the fight with Halo 5 in 2014, but Master Chief looks like he will still have a presence on Xbox consoles this year.

In an interview that will publish soon on GameZone, Steve Downes, the long-time voice of Master Chief, told us we shouldn’t expect to see Halo 5 in 2014, but that the series will still see at least one release this year.

“I think you may be ahead of yourself on Halo 5,” Downes said. “I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015. What you can look forward to this year is an anniversary edition of Halo 2.”

Downes did not clarify if 343 Industries will be the ones developing the game or what consoles the edition will be coming to.

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Halo 2, a game many still believe helped define Xbox LIVE on Microsoft’s original gaming console. Recent reports have echoed what Downes tells us, but this seems to be the first piece of solid evidence yet.

Be sure to check back in with GameZone in the coming days to see our full interview with Master Chief himself, Steve Downes.


Will you be disappointed if Halo 5 doesn’t release this year? And are you looking forward to a Halo 2 anniversary edition? Let us know in the comments below.