The IP is in the corporate giants hands so we should "take it up with them," not Bungie they say. OXM say Gearbox's rumoured Halo 4 is a next Xbox launcher too.
"I’ve started a new project," said Gearbox head Randy Pitchford back in February.
"It's big. It's, like, look-at-our-line-up-and-imagine-something-even-bigger kind of big. I'm Directing it myself. I can't mention it publicly yet. When you find out what this is, you'll likely agree that I can't oversell this one."
Halo is big, the franchise is very big indeed and Microsoft aren't likely to let one of their favourite IPs just sit there collecting dust - especially if they could launch a whole new console with it. Bungie themselves are happy to be working on other properties.
Gearbox isn't some snot-nosed kid on the FPS block - they've got street cred... and bling. Let's hope it's all true.