Surely Halo isn’t coming to PS5? (Picture: Microsoft)
The floodgates have opened in terms of Xbox multiformat rumours, with talk of Gears Of War and a job ad that may hint at even Halo.
If even a month ago you’d talked about major Xbox exclusives like Starfield, and the newly announced Indiana Jones And The Great Circle, going multiformat you would’ve dismissed as an obvious troll, but it increasingly looks like exactly that is about to happen.
Officially, Microsoft hasn’t commented on any of this but Xbox boss Phil Spencer has announced that there’ll be a ‘business update event’ next week, when he’ll be ‘sharing more details with you about our vision for the future of Xbox.’
There’s no date yet for the event, but it’s clear that Spencer is reacting to the rumours and it’s very telling that his response isn’t simply to deny them.
That doesn’t mean all the rumours are true though and with so many people suggesting so many different things it’s easy for less respectable rumourmongers to toss a fabrication or two into the mix.
Jeff Grubb is usually reliable though and not only does he corroborate talk of the other games but according to him, ‘The other one that I’ve heard that’s definitely under consideration is Gears of War.’
Where is the next Gears Of War anyway? (Picture: Microsoft)
Grubb emphasised that no final decision has been made yet though, which in turn implies that Microsoft is not making all games multiformat as a matter of course, but still on a case-by-case basis.
The only thing unusual about suggesting Gears Of War, other than it being one of the Xbox’s crown jewels, is that no new game is currently announced, despite constant rumours about some kind of remaster collection.
In terms of Halo, the hints of a PlayStation 5 release come from a job ad at developer 343Industries. First noticed by website gamevro, the job ad for a Lead Game Systems Designer asks for someone that can create a ‘high-quality, cohesive experience for all players, on all platforms.’
That is a strange phrase to use in a job ad for the Xbox’s most famous exclusive but while under normal circumstances it might be assumed to just mean Xbox and PC, in the current climate it’s easy to imagine it referring to PlayStation 5 as well – especially as job ads are notorious for revealing details that have not been made public elsewhere.
Until Phil Spencer is able to clarify things next week, in theory anything is possible, as Xbox prepares to announce changes that may well end up as a milestone event for the whole games industry.
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