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No Xbox 720 until 2013?

Rumours surrounding the next generation console from Microsoft have been growing for what feels like an eternity.

There’s no guarantee that the Xbox 720 is anywhere near entering production, yet still the rumour mill whirrs away.

Everything from the console’s specs and power to what the controller will look like has been argued about. But the one thing we really want to know is very simple – when will it actually be released?

Xbox 720 release date

We’ve had all sorts of dates bandied about so far – we wouldn’t be surprised if some early reports had predicted that it would be out by now.

But the Xbox 360 has been on the shelf for a long time now. As long it’s selling, Microsoft won’t want to fix something that ain’t broke.

Many reports had suggested that we’d see an initial version of the Xbox 720 at E3 next month. But as the electronic trade show draws ever closer, that is looking less and less likely.

A new leak from game developers Bungie and Activision has suggested that we’ll instead see the Xbox 720 next year, in time for Christmas.

Xbox 720 in 2013?

In the most concrete evidence of the console’s supposed release date yet, a contract between Activision and Bungie has been leaked.

The companies are currently in the midst of finalising plans for a new title, called Destiny, which is due to launch on Xbox 360 next year.

According to the leaked document, which references the Xbox 720, the game will also be made compatible with Microsoft’s next console.

According to the contract, the title “shall be initially developed by Licensor to operate on and be compatible with the Microsoft Xbox 360 video game console (“Xbox 360”) and the next successor console platform released by Microsoft configured for both the NTSC and PAL television/video system standards (“Xbox 720”).”