It has come to our attention that many misinterpreted yesterday’s announcement of the Japanese release of the Xbox One on September 4th, and in particular a Famitsu article reporting the official press release from Microsoft Japan. The rumor is starting to filter over to media sources via the usual mechanics of internet rumors feeding upon themselves, so it’s time to squash it once and for all.
Many misinterpreted a list of titles coming to Xbox One including the next Halo and Sunset Overdrive as a list of launch titles for Japan, due to the way machine translators translate the article. That led them to believe that those titles are set for release before September 4th, but that’s simply not the case.
The original press release and the article on Famitsu simply say that those titles are going to be launched on Xbox One, but it does not say when. Nothing in Microsoft Japan’s announcement leads to believe that those are intended as launch titles in Japan or elsewhere.
So, if you read rumors of a release of said games before September 4th, now you know they’re simply not true.
The only thing we do know is that the new Japanese Xbox One site says about the next Halo: “The Latest of the Award Winning “Halo” Series Appears on Xbox One. An Epic Journey Begins in 2014″
That’s a very similar wording to what’s already included on the American site and leads us to believe that the next Halo game will come in 2014. But what that game will be exactly is open to interpretation.
One thing is for sure. It’s extremely unlikely it’ll come before September 4th, and in any case that hasn’t been announced yesterday by Microsoft Japan’s press release.