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New 'Halo' job listing hints at episodic game, may not be 'Halo 5'

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A job listing posted by 343 Industries discovered Wednesday provides hints at what the future of Halo holds for the Xbox One and possibly other platforms as well.

"Halo 4 is our biggest Halo game to date, bringing with it innovative episodic narrative-driven gameplay via Spartan Ops and episodic live-action storytelling via the web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn," the listing reads before getting into the meat of the hints.

"343 is exploring future episodic storytelling endeavours in the Halo universe. We are looking for a Producer / Program Manager to facilitate our fledgling team as we take bold new ideas from concept to finished product. You will work hand-in-hand with all disciplines to define, develop, and ship an all-new Halo entertainment experience."

While Microsoft unsurprisingly announced Halo for the Xbox One at E3 in June, this job listing contains a few keywords that suggest that this not that title or Halo 5. The most obvious is the characterization of an "all-new Halo entertainment experience." There's the possibility that this is not strictly a game but part of the cross-media effort that Microsoft is attempting with the live-action Halo television series for the console as well as Quantum Break.

There's also the note that 343 Industries wants to explore "future episodic storytelling endeavors in the Halo universe" and that this is part of a fledgling team. The next Halo or Halo 5 for Xbox One is clearly already in development at 343 Industries which is hardly a fledgling development team by any measure.

So what could this be? 343 Industries recently confirmed yet again that it is looking for other genres and avenues of entertainment to take Halo. The top-down shooter Halo: Spartan Assault was released earlier in the year to Windows 8 PCs and devices, for example, and there's the previously mentioned Halo TV series and Forward Unto Dawn as well.

It's possible that 343 Industries could be creating something from a brand-new Halo experience in a different genre or a complete re-conceptualization of the Spartan Ops episodic series for Halo 4.

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