Shane Kim, Microsoft’s Game Studios General Manager, has been talking to Next Generation about various things including Halo 3.
Next Generation: Let’s talk about Halo 3. What are we up to?
Shane Kim: I call it The Mythical Halo 3 – we haven’t announced any such game yet! Obviously the Halo franchise is very important to us. When you have Bill Gates being quoted fairly constantly, talking about a game, you know it’s important to the company. But his recent comments reflect the position accurately. Which is that, if there were a Halo 3 we would be careful about how we announce and introduce it.
It’s exactly the same way we talked about Halo 2, where people wanted it a year after Halo. That would not have accomplished anything.
In the interview he also mentions that Microsoft is not going to play a reactionary game against Sony, and has a business plan that they will execute. I think that is a very good way to push their way to the top spot. Maybe not this generation, but eventually.