Halo Director Quashes Xbox 720 ‘Loop’ 2012 Release Date Rumours

Questions regarding which console Cytek's forthcoming Roman brawler "Ryse" will be released on have emerged following a "leak" on LinkedIn.

As reported by GameSpot UK, Ryse was originally believed to be an Xbox 360 Kinect title. Yet, after the gaming site spotted the rogue LinkedIn resume of a former Crytek level designer, the brawler's end location has come into question, with many speculating the game may be intended for Microsoft's fabled next-generation Xbox 720 games console.

The resume in question reportedly suggested that the designer had spent the first half of 2011 "working as a senior level designer at Crytek in Budapest, Hungary, on a project listed as 'Ryse (X-Box Next Gen).'"

The rumour follow a slew of other reports regarding Microsoft's next games console. Prior to GameSpot UK's report Frank O'Connor, Halo series director at developer 343 Industries, had dampened speculation that Microsoft's rumoured next Xbox will be released in 2012, confirming Halo 4 will be released on the Microsoft's current Xbox 360.

Responding to a comment on an online forum devoted to speculation regarding Microsoft's next Xbox Frank O'Connor clarified Halo 4 will be on the Xbox 360. "Halo 4 will be on Xbox 360 and use a modified core of the Halo engine(s). Not really a singular engine since it goes through fairly radical evolutions all the time," read O'Connor's response.

Other previous rumours had suggested Microsoft planned to unveil and potentially release its new Xbox in 2013. Industry site Develop had issued its own report suggesting the device would be unveiled at the 2013 E3 earlier in 2011.

Develop claimed that "[m]ultiple sources across the industry, from processor chip manufacturers to middleware firms, have told Develop they expect the console [Xbox 720] to be fully unveiled at E3 2013, months before its release."

At the time this article was written Microsoft had not responded to requests for comment on GameSpot UK's report.