Microsoft confirms that new Bungie game is Halo-related

Speaking to MTV Multiplayer’s Stephen Totilo, the head of Xbox business Don Mattrick had a few (very few) answers regarding Bungie Studios’ next title that was due to be announced at this week’s E3.

The ominous countdown on Bungie’s main website was uncerimoniously halted with the message that the publisher of the game had stopped the developers from announcing their next title at E3.

Mattrick confirmed that Microsoft Game Studios are the aformentioned publishers, and that they are definitely working with Bungie on a Halo title of some description. When asked to clarify if this title had anything to do with Halo Wars or the long-awaited Peter Jackson Halo project, Mattrick said that the game was something separate to these.

When questioned on why they chose to announce this Halo news at E3, Mattrick replied that Microsoft’s Monday press conference was already loaded with content and so any announcements for that series weren’t needed to get gamers excited.

Mattrick also spoke to the L.A. Times, where he elaborated on this reasoning. Apparently the Microsoft press event was originally planned to run for two-and-a-half hours, but Mattrick wanted to cut this down to under 90 minutes. So, rather than removing news of a new Scene-It game, he decided to cut an announcement of a new Halo title.

Possibly Microsoft felt that any Halo news might threaten to overshadown and distract from the other new things they were presenting at this year’s E3.

Mattrick told gamers not to worry, and that announcements will be forthcoming. In the L.A. Times interview he said, “”We felt we could do this game more justice with a more dedicated event.” Hopefully, this will be sooner, rather than later.