Here is the exact worded response
from XBox Magazine to the question:"Late last week rumors surfaced of a potential HD remake of Halo 2 being in the works at 343 Industries.
Though 343 Industries remained mum on the subject at the time, a new Q&A on the Microsoft ExpertZone revealed that Halo 2 Anniversary was not currently in development.
Though most of the the question and answer segment focused primarily on Halo 4, someone did manage to ask 343 if there was any chance of a Halo 2 Anniversary HD remake. Sadly, 343 responded, "We are not working on that at this time. We are kind of busy."
It's entirely understandable that Halo 4 is the developer's focus at the moment, and though they did say Halo 2 Anniversary wasn't being worked on at this time, they didn't say it wasn't going to happen.
While even the original rumor expected Halo 2 Anniversary to come out sometime in 2013, it's interesting to see how carefully worded 343 Industries' response is to the question at hand.
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary was a pretty solid success, and it's good to see that 343 and Microsoft are open to the idea of potentially remaking Halo 2 in high definition one day. No matter if Halo 2 Anniversary happens or not, we likely won't hear one way or the other until after Halo 4 has arrived.SOURCE: 343 'not currently working on Halo 2 Anniversary' [CVG]"
I highlighted the parts that were meaningful and instructive for me. I think the 343 person is telling the whole truth here. But there is a ton of wiggle space in his carefully crafted response.
- They could have made 100% of it already. It is a no brainer for them to do it.
- They could have Saber Interactive working on key parts of it in parallel with Halo 4 right now
- The game could be 85%-95% finished right now and only require finishng touch up by them after the Halo 4 launch.
I think there is zero chance they won't do this now. Halo 2 A will either be the last Launch title for the XBox 360 by MS . Or the first launch title for XBox Durango by them IMO. I believe that is what the 343 rep was wiggling around with the "too busy" comment.