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Halo 4 Starts New Halo Trilogy, Reaffirms Xbox 360 10-Year Lifespan

Published June 6, 2011 by |
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So, just when will you be able to finish the fight? 2007’s Halo 3 promised just that, as its strap-line proclaimed closure on Master Chief’s story. Heck, if you didn’t play the games hardest mode, you were left to assume that John 117 was dead. Spoiler – he isn’t.

That was 2007, and here we are in 2011 and Microsoft has just confirmed at their E3 presentation that Halo 4 will be making its way to the Xbox 360 next year. It seems the folks at Redmond decided to take note when Chief uttered the words “wake me when you need me“, taking that to mean “wake me when you need money”.

Joking aside, it’s safe to say we all saw this coming. Halo and Xbox go together like Mario does Nintendo. Halo is big business for Microsoft, and there was no way they were going to let it die, as proven by Halo Wars, ODST and Reach. Shocked at the Halo 4 announcement? You shouldn’t be.

Inevitabilities out of the way, details on the fourth installment in the main Halo franchise are currently low on the ground. All we know is it features Master Chief, Cortana and will be hitting stores before Christmas 2012. Again, nothing too surprising.

However, one thing that was worth paying attention too was what President of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick said as the show closed. Before the trailer for Halo 4 started rolling, Mattrick said this marked the beginning of a “new trilogy” on the Xbox 360.

This comment essentially confirms that Halo 4, Halo 5 and Halo 6 are all on their way. Not only that, but they are coming to the Xbox 360. This announcement not only solidifies the future of the Halo franchise, but it also hints towards the expected continued lifespan of the Xbox 360.

Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 in 2005, putting an end to the original Xbox’s short four year lifespan. Today, the Xbox 360 is in its sixth year, and thanks to the introduction of a new slimmer model and Kinect, shows no sign of slowing down. Microsoft’s Shane Kim said back in 2009 that they expect the Xbox 360 to have a ten year life cycle, but did we believe him?

Ten years of the Xbox 360 would point towards a new console arriving in 2015. With this in mind, is it safe to suggest that under new developer 343 Industries Halo could become a yearly affair? Halo 4 is due in 2012. Could we see the fifth installment arrive in 2013, with the sixth landing in 2014 ahead of a new console?

Time will tell, and this is all speculation of course – but following the annual success enjoyed by the Call Of Duty series, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Microsoft follow suit.