Halo 4 not on next-gen hardware — O’Connor

The rumors of a next-gen Xbox releasing around the same time as Halo 4 have led few to hope for the new Master Chief trilogy to kick off the new generation of hardware. This is bad news day for those folks.

Studio boss Frank O’Connor has confirmed that the Chief’s next will be an Xbox 360 game, no ands or buts.

“Halo 4 will be on Xbox 360 and use a modified core of the Halo engine(s),” he wrote on NeoGAF (via) to the tune of sad trombones.

Expect something better-looking than what was seen in Reach, in any case: “Not really a singular engine since it goes through fairly radical evolutions all the time.”

Halo 4 will be out in holiday 2012.