If you were hoping to catch a glimpse of the next galactic stomp-fest starring Master Chief anytime soon, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Halo 6 isn’t going to be showcased at E3 2017. The announcement comes straight from the horse’s mouth, as 343 Industries has confirmed the unfortunate news.
Brian Jarrard, 343’s community manager, cleared things up in a post on Reddit. His aim was to dissuade fans from getting their hopes up about the possibility of the game appearing at the expo. That said, Jarrard did mention that the studio would have something unrelated to Halo 6 to show off at E3.
“I’ll slip into my Dreamcrusher persona for a minute in the name of realistic expectations,” Jarrard declared in the post. “We’ve said this already but we’ll have a little something at E3 but it’s not related to the next major entry in the franchise.”
We’ve known that 343 Industries has been quietly working on Halo 6 since way back in September of 2015. They mentioned at the time that the developer has more than 10 years worth of content already planned for the series.
There’s little that we actually know about Halo 6. That said, 343’s Executive Producer, Kiki Wolfkill (best name ever), and Halo’s Director, Frank O’Connor, have offered a few nuggets about the game. 343 heard loud and clear what fans were saying about the lack of Master Chief in Halo 5. That won’t be the case in the next game, as the studio has confirmed that Spartan 117 will be the center of attention in Halo 6.
There have been a few staff shake-ups at 343 this year. Just this week, in fact, we discovered that Dan Ayoub, 343’s executive producer, has parted ways with the developer. Combining that with the fact that 343 doesn’t have anything to show for the game at E3 means that we will almost certainly not be seeing it this year. Instead, it’s much more likely that Halo 6 will launch in the fall of 2018.