Speaking in an interview with Engadget, Microsoft's recently-promoted Xbox head Peter Moore ended speculation that Bungie's Halo 3 was slated to be used as part of a spoiler campaign when the PlayStation 3 launches.
?The Halo Nation would string me out from some flagpole if I used Halo to be a competitive counter balance to something else, for it to be anything other than the greatest game ever on an Xbox console - or on any console,? commented Moore, ending a rumour that is almost as old as the Xbox 360 announcement itself.
Moore was also surprisingly open to the looming launch of the PlayStation 3, unusual for the exec famed for his anti-Sony stance since the days of the Sega Saturn. ?There's no doubt, regardless of whether I throw a title in there or an update of Live or whatever, that it's not going to affect their launch. You don't think they're not going to sell out of PlayStation 3s, do you? You think that if I could create a piece of IP so that PlayStation 3s would arrive at Best Buy and they'd sit on the shelves? Come on, it's not going to happen,? said Moore, concluding, ?They'll launch, let's face it. They'll launch and it'll be very successful."
On rumours surrounding all things Halo, he said, ?I mean, people love the conspiracy theories, like that it's [Halo 3] already ready to go. That is not the case at all. There's too much invested in this franchise and the Halo Nation is too dear to us to use them as pawns in some bigger game. It doesn't work that way.?
Stay tuned for SPOnG in the coming week for a major interview with a Microsoft executive ? the only interview to be conducted weeks after the CES dust has settled.