Halo 4was announced at E3 2011 and we've written plentyofarticles about it. But two pieces of information we haven't been able to nail down were which system the game would be on and which engine it would use. After all, while Halo 4 looked like it'd be an Xbox 360 game at E3, Microsoft made no mention as to which system it was releasing for and rumors that the company will release the so-called Xbox 720 in 2012 further lead us to question the game's console destination.
Pondering those same questions, NeoGAF user BruiserBear posed the burning question on the popular video game forum: ?This is what I've been wondering ever since 343 Studios declined to talk about the engine Halo 4 runs on when asked about it at E3.? Interestingly enough, he received a quick response from one the most prominent members of developer 343 Industries (which he had incorrectly called 343 Studios in the forum post).
?Halo 4 will be on Xbox 360,? confirmed Halo development director Frank O'Connor using his NeoGAF handle OuterWorldVoice and continuing, ?And use a modified core of the Halo engine(s). Not really a singular engine since it goes through fairly radical evolutions all the time.?
Since we're a day from the release of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the Halo remake on Xbox 360, and Halo's tenth anniversary, O'Connor expertly timed the Halo 4 news to peak our interest in the series. Furthermore, Halo 4's confirmed existence on Xbox 360 throws the rumors of a ?2012-bound Xbox 720? into further question. After all, Microsoft wouldn't release its top-selling franchise on an older Xbox 360 while hedging its bets on new, expensive-to-create hardware. If the system were ready, Halo 4 would be the game ideal to drive consumers to buy Xbox 720. But it looks as if Kinect really did buy the Xbox 360 more time on store shelves and we should expect Halo 4 for Xbox 360 and the Xbox 720 release to be in 2013 or beyond.
Does this Halo 4 trailer make it look like an Xbox 360 or an Xbox 720 to you?