Microsoft released a statement denying recent reports suggesting that Halo 5 will hit shelves Nov. 10, 2015.
“The recent rumors regarding the release date of Halo 5: Guardians are false,” said a rep for the company.
Sounds pretty clear, right? This whole thing started after new 343 Industries employee Mike Cavanaugh posted a picture of himself in the studio’s headquarters (at exactly, 3:43 p.m. [clever]). In the background was a countdown clock with the number “382,” which if you count the days forward, brings you to Nov. 10, 2015.
Despite Microsoft’s denial, there are reasons to believe the game will be released on Nov. 10 next year. After all, it is a Tuesday, and it would fall on the date of this year’s HaloFest, where we’ll get our first look at the game in action, courtesy of an exhibition match between Halo know-it-alls. It’s possible that the publisher simply wasn’t ready to confirm, that an eager Cavanaugh pushed their hand a bit, and that the date is written in pencil with the real possibility that the title could be postponed. So, to summarize, it isn’t Nov. 10, until it’s absolutely Nov. 10. For now, the release window is just a vague “fall 2015.”
The multiplayer beta will open Dec. 29 and run through mid-January, and gamers who purchase The Master Chief Collection (coming Nov. 11) are guaranteed a spot. The beta will include access to three modes, seven maps and 11 weapons.