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Master Chief voice actor takes back claim about Halo 2 anniversary edition

Master Chief may have misspoken.

Master Chief voice actor Steve Downes told GameZone yesterday that he thinks Halo 5 won’t arrive until 2015. He also claimed that a Halo 2 anniversary edition was on its way this year. But he later, he took back part of his statement.

“I was just mentioning some of the things I had read online about Halo 2. I have no idea if there will be an anniversary edition and didn’t mean to leave that impression,” Downes said to IGN.

As for the upcoming new entry in the series, he had claimed, “I think you might be ahead of yourself on Halo 5. I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015.” At the E3 video game tradeshow in June, Microsoft announced plans to release Halo 5 during 2014.

But Downes’ claims, before he took them back, line up with recent rumors on major video game forum NeoGAF, which predict that the Halo 2 anniversary edition and the Halo 5 beta will both come out in November. 2014 is the 10th anniversary of the classic first-person shooter’s release. Rumors on NeoGAF are false as often as they are true, but even if these are true, a Halo 5 beta in November could still give the Xbox One blockbuster enough time to hit retail before 2015.

GamesBeat reached out to Microsoft for comment, and a spokesperson provided this generic response: “We can confirm your next Halo journey will begin in 2014, but beyond that, we don’t have any details to share at this time.”

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