It is safe to assume that come E3 next month, both Microsoft and Sony will not be making any announcements pertaining to the launch of their next-gen consoles, but we’re sure the question on many peoples’ minds are when will we be seeing new consoles? After all, Nintendo is set to launch the Wii U later this year, so are Microsoft’s and Sony’s efforts not too far behind? As some of you guys are aware, Activision is currently embroiled in a legal dispute over the Call of Duty franchise, and as a result, documents were revealed that outed a handful of games that Bungie is expected to release over the course of the next eight years.

The game has been codenamed “Destiny” and is expected to see its first release on Microsoft’s Xbox console in the fall of 2013. While that has been confirmed by Bungie themselves, Brier Dudley of the Seattle Times has taken it one step further by apparently reading between the lines and has since come up with a theory of his own that suggested the next-gen Xbox will be released in time for the 2013 holiday season. According to Dudley:

“Microsoft hasn’t said when the next version of the Xbox will go on sale, but the Bungie contract suggests that it could happen in the 2013 holiday season, with “Destiny” as a key launch title. That would be similar to the way Halo was a cornerstone of the first Xbox launch in November 2001.”

So far an Xbox spokesman has declined to comment on the matter, but what do you guys think? Is Dudley on to something or is he reading into something that might not even have been there in the first place?

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