Microsoft Pokes Halo Fans With Xbox One "Trailer"

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Today, Microsoft released a trailer that, at first glance, may seem like it's simply a video that showcases the slick design of the Xbox One hardware and interface. And really, that's mostly what it is.


But if you pay attention at the :51 second mark, you catch a quick nod to Halo 5:

It's just text. Nothing major. This will of course be enough for some to derive a ton of ridiculous theories about Halo 5, but it's probably nothing more than a playful poke. The handle "Pit Bear" doesn't even have an Xbox Live Gold account, and Haven is a Halo 4 map. I'm sure if you enhance the image enough you'll see the mark of the illuminati or something, though!

Microsoft says the next Halo journey starts sometime this year.

UPDATE: 343 Industries issued the following statement about this trailer:

"The Xbox One dashboard images shown in the recently released "Xbox One Design Show" video, were placeholder and not indicative of future game content. As we've said before, your next 'Halo' journey will begin in 2014, and we'll have more detail to share at E3 in June."

(Thanks, Victor)


Patricia Hernandez

In my initial write-up of this, I took a more pseudo-psyched approach:

The tease may be nothing but text, and it might flash by quickly, but here's 5 things that you might have missed about it:

  • Halo 5 will have Many Graphics
  • Halo 5 will let you shoot things in the face
  • Halo 5 will also let you shoot things in places other than the face
  • One of the developers, who has the handle "Pit Bear," is not a real gamer as evidenced by the fact that they do not have a Xbox Live Gold account. Is this perhaps a sign of how much Microsoft has lost touch with hardcore gamerz?
  • And finally, if you enhanced the image, you see the mark of the Illuminati.