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343 Industries Promises To Do "Much Better Next Time"

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Jonathan Lester
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343 Industries, Frank O'Connor, Halo 4

343 Industries Promises To Do "Much Better Next Time"

"There Are A Ton Of Things We Wish We'd Done Better"

Though Halo 4 was a massive success, both in terms of critical acclaim and sales, 343 Industries are willing to admit that it was far from flawless. Studio head Frank O'Connor has spoken out to assure fans that they don't plan to sit on their laurels, suggesting that Halo 5 will be a superior proposition (possibly running on next-generation hardware).

“Halo 4 is the best and fastest-selling Halo game in the series," O'Connor wrote on Halo Waypoint. "It won critical acclaim. It won awards, from Best Graphics at the VGAs to Game of the Year at the Inside Gaming Awards. We altered the engine. We expanded the universe. We innovated in storytelling, technology, and even marketing."

“It wasn’t flawless by any stretch of the imagination, but by most objective criteria, it was a resounding success. So we know we have a lot to do. And we know we have a lot to learn. But we also know that we now have the capacity, the teamwork, the technology and the experience to do much better next time.”

In a frank (sorry) dialogue with the fans, O'Connor identified a few key issues with Halo 4, but suggested that the newly-blooded developer is ready to raise their game even further.

"There are a ton of things we wish we'd done better: Features that didn’t make it into the final game. Glitches that emerged. Missteps made. DLC fiascos. Communication breakdowns. But there were things that went astonishingly well – the creation of a genuinely competitive AAA studio chief among them. A collection of talent and souls that can do something genuinely amazing on this and next-generation hardware. The overhaul of an amazing game engine – but one that really needed to be overhauled – and an amassed education on systems, people, code and audience that will stand us in great stead for the future."

The phrase "on this and next-generation hardware" is fairly suggestive. Could Halo 5 be a launch title for the next Xbox - or will it take Halo 2's route of giving the Xbox 360 a last hurrah?

O'Connor concluded by thanking the fans for their support and feedback, calling the Halo community "a direct and democratic extension of the team."

What do you want from Halo 5?

Add a comment7 comments
RiKx  Jan. 10, 2013 at 12:28

The Halo theme.

oh and theatre mode in campaign.

JonLester  Jan. 10, 2013 at 12:37

The Halo theme.

oh and theatre mode in campaign.


Agreed on both counts - 343's trilogy desperately needs a triumphant and instantly recognisable theme.

Also, we really want to show off our Spartan Ops shenanigans without resorting to Carl's capture tech - Theatre support for both SpOps and campaign would be great.

Ilium  Jan. 10, 2013 at 12:52

More detailed stat tracking would be nice too.

MattGardner  Jan. 10, 2013 at 12:58

A persistent epic theme of any kind would have been nice for Halo 4, but yeah bring back the main theme please. If you can use 'Never Forget' over the credits, surely you can use the main Master Chief theme. To be honest, that's really all Halo 4 would have needed to get a 10...that rousing sense of the epic, the notes that send adrenaline coursing through your veins. Oh, and just one big, fat area in SP with tons of enemies, some large Scarab-esque ordinance and a fuckton of vehicles would be nice too.

Don't give us a Scorpion if you're just going to funnel us down a corridor.

RiKx  Jan. 10, 2013 at 13:00

Don't give us a Scorpion if you're just going to funnel us down a corridor.


THIS.

JonLester  Jan. 10, 2013 at 13:07

Oh, and just one big, fat area in SP with tons of enemies, some large Scarab-esque ordinance and a fuckton of vehicles would be nice too.


One per level, preferably.

MattGardner  Jan. 10, 2013 at 13:08

Mmmmyes

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