Halo franchise development director Frank O'Connor has a bone to pick with the internet's healthy population of self-styled "insiders", including the infamous/venerated CBOAT. In a brief but pithy aside on NeoGAF, O'Connor criticised the practice of leaking embargoed information, suggesting that it causes trouble for developers and isn't really of benefit to players.
"Breaking embargos is not prophesy," he began. "Nor does it require any particular skill or insight. Ultimately he [CBOAT] is taking or being given information and leaking it, illegally and often erroneously.
"And he isn't doing it for some noble or worthy reason. He's doing it for attention. People, including nice people with kids and families and stuff, work super hard on this stuff and wake up in the morning to find some of their effort blown up.
"It's not fun, and for what? So you can have a mildly interesting surprise 8 hours early and lacking context? Or get hyped or disappointed disproportionately? Or get someone fired or someone innocent yelled at? Ok. But it isn't prophecy, nor ultimately even important. It's annoying."
You might recall that another NeoGAF user, the mysterious ntkrnl, claimed that Halo 5 would release next year in January - a claim that has been born out. Ntkrnl would also have us believe that Microsoft will release an Anniversary edition of Halo 2 for Xbox One this year. CVG sources corroborate this, and a recent story from Engadget suggests that Halo 3 and 4 are also being remastered for the purposes of a four-game Master Chief Collection.
What do you think of O'Connor's argument about the dangers of embargo breakage? I suspect that the industry is occasionally guilty of over-protectiveness on this front - when there are millions of dollars on the line, it's easy to forget that most internet "scandals" tend to fizzle out overnight, and that even full disclosure may fall foul of selective reporting. Then again, I'm not an "insider". If you fit that description - or you're a developer - feel free to chime in.
Alternatively, check out this concept artwork for Halo 5: Guardians. Is that CBOAT I spy in bottom right, trudging through the wastes?