343 Industries Debunks Halo 6 Loot Box Rumors

There’s been no official announcement or even a confirmation that Halo 6 is happening, but that [...]


There's been no official announcement or even a confirmation that Halo 6 is happening, but that hasn't stopped rumors from circulating.

While the game being developed would be a rumor itself until confirmed, some theories have gone even further by discussing specific elements and mechanics that are supposedly going to be in the game. One rumor in particular suggested that Halo 6 would have loot boxes, though the source even claimed to know that the loot boxes were being reevaluated by Microsoft following recent loot box controversy.

However, according to Halo series director Frank O'Connor, there's no merit to these claims. O'Connor responded in a Reset Era thread centered around the game's supposed loot boxes and cleared the air.

"This is bunk. We're not reevaluating anything (significant) and "Microsoft" isn't designing anything for the next game - 343 is," O'Connor said. "We watched the EA battlefront thing with the curiosity you'd expect - but our current req system is player focused and well liked and unintrusive as far as these things go."

"We have made zero announcements about our next projects and continue to work on our next game and technology with player's needs and interests in mind.
However the story as loosely presented as it is - has no bearing on or relation to any current efforts."

After discussing the loot box rumor, O'Connor went on to talk about other speculation on games' features in general and why there's often only a "grain of truth" to different rumors.

"I suppose you could say "company x is evaluating feature you" and always have some grain of truth, but we are neither aping nor adapting an unrelated system from another game.

This follows an equally vague rumor about an issue with our engine, which in fact is counter to significant ongoing improvements and evolution of our tech.

If there were some nugget of truth to both, I'd just ignore it. Development is rife with normal examples of both of these "stories" but in this case there aren't even notable small examples that this could have been based on.

Certainly in the future we'll be evolving our systems and tech and maybe these general and vague statements will have brief applicability. But right now? Nah."