Microsoft Probably Starting Work on Just Another AAA Xbox One Halo Game; Franchise May be Annual Now

It's already known that Microsoft and 343 Industries are working on on an all-new Halo for Xbox one, while Halo 2 Anniversary has been strongly rumored. Yet today a very solid hint popped up pointing to the possibility that a third Halo game may be at the outset of its development.

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F4sterTh4nFTL1452d ago

There are already too many Halo games, going annual will not be wise.

NewMonday1452d ago

if they can sustain the quality that should be a good thing

Abriael1452d ago

Yeah, Ubisoft does a great job with it.

Negative771452d ago

This. As long as the quality isn't sacrificed then it should be a good thing. I for one love the Halo franchise!!

FriedGoat1452d ago

halo 4 was already a drop in quality, in both gameplay and music. They risk running it into the ground.

It needs to go back to it's roots, Halo was amazing. Less QTE, less generic techno music and i'll be happy.

etownone1452d ago

Halo 4 was epic.

Graphics was the best so far and won best console graphics for that year.

Gameplay, campaign and multi-player stayed true to form and quality.

Only legit complaint would be the music score.

ZodTheRipper1452d ago

I don't think it's possible to "sustain quality" with this approach since you also have to worry about story telling to keep things in-canon and gameplay innovation to keep things fresh. Especially a flagship franchise like Halo is in danger of losing it's appeal through annualization.

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callahan091452d ago

It's *been* an annual series ever since Halo 3 came out.

2007: Halo 3
2008: Halo Wars (Though technically it released at the beginning of 2009)
2009: Halo 3: ODST
2010: Halo: Reach
2011: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
2012: Halo 4
2013: Halo: Spartan Assault
2014: Halo 2: Anniversary
2015: Halo 5 (or whatever they'll call the next Xbox One version)

This isn't surprising at all.

PixelNinja1452d ago

It's been handled very nicely though:

Halo 3: Bungie

Halo Wars: Ensemble studios (RIP sweet prince)

Halo 3 ODST: Bungie Side team

Halo Reach: Bungie Main team

Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary:
343i- Campaign
Saber Interactive- Campaign
Certain Affinity- Multiplayer

Halo 4:
343i Main team
Certain Affinity- Additional elements

Halo Spartan Assault: Vanguard Entertainment

I imagine Halo 2 will be a collaboration project like Halo Anniversary. Halo 5 however has had a long development process, from a developers point of view, I imagine the beginning of Halo 5's development would be about half way through the development of Halo 4.

callahan091452d ago

Disagreeing with post makes no sense, because it's a simple factual statement.

@PixelNinja, I didn't say it was handled poorly. You could almost interpret my post the opposite way, as I was responding to someone who said that going annual would be bad for the series.

They have done a nice job releasing something every year, between other-genre spinoffs (RTS vs FPS for example), remastered releases, etc. Main series releases have been every 2 years or so, with the alternating years being spinoffs and remasters. That's a good approach, but the fact remains, they're releasing Halo every year, and I expect them to continue to do so.

spicelicka1451d ago (Edited 1451d ago )

2007: Halo 3
2009: Halo 3 ODST
2010: Halo Reach
2012: Halo 4

These are the only real halo games, and by real I mean part of the same string started by Halo 1. Even ODST is negligible.

Everything else may be halo but they're all departures from what halo is. Sure you can count them but they're just expansions of the franchise in different areas, which is fine to me if that's what annual halos mean.

What I don't want is a real halo sequel every year, like how call of duty is. I'd much rather have an arcade halo game, or a remake, or an rts, during the break years than true halo games every year. Obviously that's because i don't want halo 6's development to be hindered or rushed for annual release. As long as they're independent and only share the halo name, that's fine.

I think the best way to decide would be to look at the multiplayer. Only halo 3, reach, and halo 4 have had new multiplayer experiences, and that's the most important thing in terms of distinguishing it from games like call of duty.

TheRedButterfly1451d ago

Main Installments:

2001: Halo: CE
2004: Halo 2
2007: Halo 3
2010: Halo: Reach
2012: Halo 4


2009: Halo 3: ODST

Hard to believe that 6 installments can make a franchise "annualized" despite having existed for 14 years.

If you're including Halo Wars, Spartan Assault and CEA as installments, you don't understand the Halo franchise.

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Septic1452d ago

Sorry, having read the article, I'm not seeing any real indication that Halo will be annualised. It seems to be grasping at straws.

Abriael1452d ago (Edited 1452d ago )

Not really. you don't Hire three producers at the same time, including the Lead producer, if it's not a new project (besides the fact that it's explicitly stated that it's a new project), and unless the rumors about Halo 2 anniversary are false, that means that we're going to get One Halo this year, one the next, and another in 2016. 2.5 years is the standard dev cycle now.

If the rumors about Halo 2 anniversary are false, then it could be bi-annual.

gigoran1452d ago

Wait wait wait...
Who made you the head of the "don't do" police? They can hire as many people of whatever position and have them do whatever they please. It doesn't automatically mean they are working on multiple games so as to have annual releases. It could be that they want to make one really good game. Oh wait... I forgot we were talking about halo. Well, maybe they just want to make the best halo game. There. That sounded better.

Sure, you could assume it. But you know what happens when you assume something...

Abriael1452d ago (Edited 1452d ago )

If you want to do a really good game you don't hire more producers. You hire developers, artists, engineers and so forth.

Producers have a very specific role, and lead producers an even more specific role.

It's not a matter of being the head of the "don't do" police. It's a matter how how things are done in the industry.

Webbyy1452d ago

Not sure about Halo annualized..but either case. good to see this is under the rumor section.

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Jazz41081452d ago (Edited 1452d ago )

Its coming from everyone's favorite site dualshockers where a article only has to consist of hit material or a one line tweet or a ad in the paper. Halo will never become annualized unless they go with different aspects of the game like a remake or halo wars. If anyone on this site follows ms news will know they have all ready stated when they opened 343, when the same question was asked by jouranlist, that Halo is there baby and annual releases will never happen.

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jackanderson19851452d ago

wouldn't mind something like Halo 5, then the following year a Halo Wars sequel, and a branch off game (or halo 2 remade this year then the rest) then back to Halo 6... something like that would be grand in my opinion anyways

MegaRay1452d ago

I Totally agree, not only in Halo but any other franchise too.

ic3fir31452d ago (Edited 1452d ago )

If release Halo RTS like Halo Wars 2 will count as annual?
Do the same with forza horizon, for motorsport?
My god so much ignorance.
I only consider an annual game, if release a game in the same genre before the previous one.
But if different gender guess it does not count as annual game, because a game is different but uses the same name

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