Update: 343 Industries’ David Ellis denied that the clock refers to Halo 5: Guardians‘ release date on Twitter.
@DustStorm Hardly. I'm not even sure who uses that clock anymore, considering the Halo 5 team isn't in that building.
— David Ellis (@DavidEllis) October 24, 2014
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Earlier today Prima Games Author and e-Sports Halo coach Michael Cavanaugh tweeted out his excitement about joining the team at 343 Industries, the internal development studio at Microsoft which is currently developing the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians. The tweet displays Cavanaugh flanked by a giant 343 Industries banner in the background, but the most interesting part is what appears to be a timer directly below the banner which was noticed and shared by keen-eyed redditor u/iamthefluff. Check out the image in the tweet below:
The first number that is listed is ‘382’. Now, if this is a countdown to the release of the highly anticipated Halo 5: Guardians underneath the 343 Industries banner, that date would place the games release on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015.
It should be noted that when it comes to Halo releases in the past, the FPS games in the series (which would exclude Halo: Wars) are evenly split down the middle in regards to the months in which they are released; with three titled released in November and three released in September.
So what do you think? Is it a timer in the background? Or just coincidental that the number 382 was sitting under the studios banner at the exact time Cavanaugh took this picture? Time to speculate in the comments section.