In a reddit post in a Halo discussion thread, ske7ch343 announced that 343 Industries’s E3 game reveal will not be related to Halo 6 or the next major installment in the Halo franchise.
Naturally, the announcement sparked heavy conversation between fans of the series on the reddit thread’s page. Indeed, a debate among fans as to what qualifies as a “major installment” commenced. Titles such as Halo 3: ODST, Halo Wars, and Halo: Spartan Assault were mentioned in the debate, and arguments were made that the first two aforementioned titles should be considered “major” entries, but not “main” entries, while Spartan Assault qualifies as neither. In other words, titles like the ones mentioned above should be considered spin-offs, and as such, hope remains that a Halo title could still be revealed at E3 and also not be a major entry in the Halo series.
The last main entry in the Halo series was Halo 5: Guardians, which received positive reviews, but was also criticized by fans for not focusing enough on the Master Chief—the main protagonist of the series. However, with the franchise’s next main entry, 343 Industries promises to focus more on Master Chief.
Halo: Combat Evolved was the debut title for the franchise. Developed by Bungie, the original primary developer of the franchise, Halo: Combat Evolved was released in 2001 for the first Xbox console. Bungie took the helm on developing the first three titles in the Halo series, and also oversaw development on Halo 3: ODST, a spin-off title in which the players do not take control of the iconic Spartan super soldier, but instead do battle as a regular ODST trooper.
ODST was the last Halo title developed by Bungie before the company’s split from Microsoft. Microsoft retained the rights to the franchise and passed them along to its own development team, 343 Industries.