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Will Microsoft broker a deal for the domain name


Microsoft will be releasing Halo 4 at the end of 2012, as reported by a number of sources including ars technica

“It’s official. As expected, at this morning’s E3 keynote, Microsoft revealed both Halo 4 and an enhanced remake of the original Halo: Combat Evolved. Halo 4 will be the start of an all-new trilogy and will launch on the 360 at the end of next year. And unlike some of the more recent entries in the franchise, it stars none other than Master Chief.”

Once again though, Microsoft doesn’t own the domain name for an upcoming title.  In this case,  The unidentified owner has put up the name for sale at Sedo with an asking price of $10,000.

Halo domain names isn’t the only domain related to the Halo franchise Microsoft doesn’t own.  The company also doesn’t own or

The company does own and  Both and were acquired by Microsoft on April 27, 2004. switched straight over to Microsoft Corporation, while was put in Microsoft’s broker’s name Trout & Zimmer, before switching over to Microsoft Corporation nearly two years later on February 23, 2006, according to DomainTools.  

In 2010 Microsoft launched Halo Reach without owning the domain, a name it still doesn’t own.  However, it did finally acquire

Readers:  What do you think?  Will Microsoft purchase the name for $10,000 via Sedo from its current owner, acquire the name through other means like a domain  dispute, or simply do nothing?