In what could be the biggest development surprise for quite some time, the Halo rumour mill has suddenly turned its attention to Texan developer Gearbox who many now believe is already working on Halo 4 for Xbox 360.
When asked by Eurogamer whether one of its unannounced titles is indeed Halo 4, Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford replied we're not going to talk about anything”, after which a PR representative reportedly terminated the interview, stating simply we can't talk about that”.
In total Pitchford refused to answer the question four times.
Bungie recently admitted that once the upcoming Halo: ODST and next year's Halo: Reach are out of the way, it is likely to step away from the cult shooting franchise.
Microsoft, however, looks unlikely to do the same – particularly after the formation of Halo production studio 343 Industries.
Gearbox is no stranger to the Halo series, having previously developed the PC edition of Halo: Combat Evolved. It's also a studio with a rich FPS pedigree. Along with the Brothers in Arms series, the firm has also previously worked on the Half-Life and Counter-Strike franchises and is currently developing Alien: Colonial Marines for Sega.