Microsoft confirmed rumors Monday morning by announcing the next entry in its popular Halo
franchise of first-person shooters.
At its E3 press conference, the company announced Halo 4
, the first game in the main Halo
series to not be developed by series creator Bungie, instead being helmed by its internal studio 343 Industries.
is "the dawn of a new trilogy for Xbox 360," Microsoft's Don Mattrick said of the new title, suggesting a long shelf life for the nearly six-year-old console.
The announcement follows news that the company will release a remastered version
of the original Halo