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Submitted by Shen3 177d ago | opinion piece

Microsoft are still too reliant on the Halo franchise

Videogamedebate writes:

E3 has long gone but Microsoft missed a vital opportunity to entice the current gaming crowd to their ill fated Xbox One. What could of been a showcase of upcoming showstopping Halo beaters turned in to a bunch of filler games leading up to Halo 5 and the Masterchief Collection. I couldn't help but feel that this wasn’t the risk taking Microsoft we seen bursting on the scene in the early 2000s. Nowadays their show fills me with cringeworthy moments of failure, making the viewing public sit on the edge of their seat, waiting for the next clanger to be dropped. As much as it hurts to say this, Halo was that clanger this time around. (E3, Microsoft, Xbox One)

nicksetzer1  +   179d ago | Well said
Ummm, not really. XB1 games we know so far.

Ryse, forza 5, killer instinct, dead rising 3, sunset overdrive, forza horizon 2, halo mcc halo 5, gears of war, quantum break, crackdown, phantom dust, scalebound, fable legends, D4, etc.

Essentially half of those are new IP, and kinda makes the "all MS has is halo" argument moot.
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iamnsuperman  +   179d ago
I think Microsoft's over reliance on Halo is evident of Microsoft's non gaming ventures with Halo. There is a TV show and there is news that a film is coming. I get Halo is big but Microsoft needs to be careful here and not Halo out consumers (this with the gaming side is a lot of Halo coming within the next 1 and a half years). They should spread it out a bit. Maybe push other franchises they own
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nicksetzer1  +   179d ago
You can't argue too much reliance on halo though with that many other exclusives, many of which are new IP. Maybe you just don't understand what "reliant" means...

@shen of course halo is the killer app, that does not mean that MS is relying on it and offer "nothing but filler"... this article is not presenting what you said at all, it is saying "all the xb1 games suck, so hopefully halo is good." Also may I add gears of war and fable both came after halo and were killer apps ... it's not just HALO FOR 13 YEARS like you like to pretend.

@mr swank 5 is pretty close to 7.5 no? Also, considering we are not even 1 year in 5 new AAA franchises is pretty impressive. Certainly not happening on some other consoles...
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abzdiine  +   177d ago
"Microsoft are still too reliant on the Halo franchise"

and they will always be.. as long as the franchise doesn't lose in quality over the episodes like Gears of War does they should keep'em going...
but i have to agree that they are too reliant on it and they always put it in frontline.
i think it's the most successful franchise they are owning so i kinda understand that.
sonarus  +   177d ago
Its clear without a doubt that MS has far more games than just Halo. But even many years after Bungie has left it is still their number one game. Since the original Xbox Halo is still the Xbox franchise number one game. Thats a twenty yr reign. I think you can only make that same argument with Nintendo and mario
4Sh0w  +   176d ago
"I think you can only make that same argument with Nintendo and Mario"

lol, yeah and there are only 3 brands of consoles and Mario and Halo games are hugely popular iconic games that both company's would be fools not to deliver new iterations to the fanbase and while sony may not have 1 character that represents their brand in reality they still support a couple of franchises like Uncharted and God of War in particular as if they did.

That said it falls on death ears to say Microsoft are too reliant on Halo when you consider other game franchises that haven't been around nearly as long are already very close or far surpassed the Halo franchise in new iterations. Now looking at the other major titles on Xbox of course Halo is still the flagship game because that is what popularized the console, if I'm Microsoft I don't shy away from that identity the only thing I do to enhance the brand is to say Halo will continue to evolve and be an integral part of the xbox brand until the fans think it ran its course BUT we also have plenty of other exclusive franchises to rely on like Gears, Fable, Perfect Dark, Forza, Killer Instinct, DR3, Alan Wake, Crackdown, Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Kameo, Banjo Kazooie, Conker, Phantom Dust etc with new IP's introduced too like Ryse, Project Spark, Titanfall(for now), Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, D4 and Scalebound and more coming.

Seriously, given the facts this is just clickbait.
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Shen3  +   179d ago
The argument was that Halo was and still is the killer app for Microsoft, which after 13 years is surely testament to the lack of huge, blockbuster games it has to offer.
mhunterjr  +   178d ago
Gears of War, has definitely been huge for MS, so has Forza..
LAWSON72  +   177d ago
Let's just ignore the games that have came to Xbox 360 and not PS3

Gears of War
Fable (1 was good, 2 was okay)
Alan Wake
Banjo Kazooie N&B (great game despite not being the platformer everybody wanted)
Blue Dragon
Lost Odyssey
Tales of Vespiria (PS3 only in JP)
Crackdown
Forza
Forza Horizon
L4D
PGR
Shadow Complex
Splosion Man
Viva Pinata
Witcher 2

I don't care if these are huge block buster games, I have played all of these and they are mostly great games. Games don't have to be popular to be good
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Legacy212  +   177d ago
Enlighten me how microsoft has no blockbuster games besides halo
MrSwankSinatra  +   179d ago
"Essentially half of those are new IP"

5 out of 15 is half?? Okay....
Lawboy2  +   179d ago
He didn't want to name the new ip because u guys would say that they all sucked

Max
Project totem
Ori
Lococycle
Fighter within
Fantasia

So what's that 11 out of 21
Not to even count any indie games by id@xbox
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MrSwankSinatra  +   179d ago
@lawboy Ohhhhh so now indies matter but when it comes to playstation it's just an indiestation, hypocrisy at it's finest.
randomass171  +   179d ago
*raises hand* I think indies are great for either platform. If anything, at least now Xbox fans are becoming vocal about how good indies are, even if some of them were writing off the games as sub par or irrelevant. The more support, the better if you ask me.
Lawboy2  +   179d ago
@ mr swank

None of those are indies all first party studios other than fighter within Fantasia and ori...but ori published by Microsoft studios...fighter within ubisoft and fantasia I don't know who is publishing it but it's not an indie...they may be small budget games but none of these games are independently developed hence they are not indie
bcrazy18  +   177d ago
He said essentially lol just two more games and he would've been at half of 15 lol melts not be technical now lol
Lawboy2  +   179d ago
I hear u...I think ppl just like halo...and IMO that is okay...I love halo and gears and I hope they don't stop making them....but that's just my opinion
CJDUNCAN  +   177d ago
I can see why they say MS is too reliant on Halo, that's the only game that really gets a big buzz going with them. Whereas Sony has truly stellar IPs and always are innovating for the next big one.

Sony has had Uncharted, God of War, The Last of Us, Infamous, and now The Order.

They are always pushing the envelope with their IPs. Innovation is necessary in gaming.

Whereas with MS you know exactly what's coming, Gears, Halo, Forza, Fable. Now they add another shooter with Sunset. The only innovative IP they have coming is Quantum Break.

Sure Halo 5 looks to be epic but it won't be anything we haven't seen before.
Fyflin  +   177d ago
Care to explain how vastly different Uncharted 3 is from the first one, besides the obvious graphical improvements? Same with God of War, or even Infamous: Second Son?
CJDUNCAN  +   177d ago
@Fyf,

those are a series in games, so there isn't that much of a leap in how it plays. What my point is, is how Sony's idea of a new IP is groundbreaking and usually a Triple A type game.

The came out of the gates announcing The Order which is looking like an instant hit, whereas Microsoft is at a standstill pumping out another Halo and sure enough Gears of War.

That's why I'm shocked pleasantly about Quantum Break, it's microsoft's first time really going in a daring direction.

As for genre's, everything under the sun has been done before if we're being honest about gaming.

One of my all time favorite games is The Last of Us, but it's a linear action game. But what it does as far as innovation is the tone and storytelling. It wasn't groundbreaking gameplay wise, but it was a great experience.

That's what Sony does TO ME better than Microsoft, and I'm a microsoft enthusiast.
combatcash  +   177d ago
@cjduncan. Just to be clear I have a ps4 and not an xbox one. Youre talking about innovation and the fact is most of sonys games are not innovative well besides LBP. The games you list are great except for infamous it was a bit of a disappointment. Youre mentioning the order like its a proven series one thing that it has going for it is great graphics, we'll have to wait and see if its (innovative) at all. MS doesnt receive any credit for the new games/franchises they put out they dont all succeed but you can see that they do try. Alan wake is a perfect example that game was full of quality but just didnt sell, not much you can do about it. One thing I have noticed though is that sony fans are more likely to try sonys new offerings
Legacy212  +   177d ago
@cj get out of here with your fanboy stuff. Infamous is hardly a proven series averaging a low 80 on all 3 games. Uncharted and last of us ill give you that. LBP is a game you play with your gf or kids. God of war is great but ascension sucked. The order isnt even out so can't say its proven itself. MS brought ryse, quantum break, sunset overdrive, ori, phantom dust, killer instinct, scale bound, titanfall are sll new I.ps microsoft took risks with same with tales of vespeira, lost odyssey, blue dragon etc. Then they got gears, halo, forza, fable so stop with the ms just recycles 3 franchises cuz sony is guilty of it to. Get your fan boy nonesense pack it up and take a hike
CJDUNCAN  +   175d ago
@Legacy, I'll forgive your misguided opinion. Me being a Sony fanboy yet owning an Xbox 1? Did I even mention Little Big Planet? That's not even my style of game.

MS does exactly as you said, they rehash the same franchises, how can you say that's not true? And who said anything about The Order being a success already? I said it's a promising title that looks to be the next big franchise.

My whole point is that Sony isn't afraid to take a chance and Microsoft continues to play it safe. I look forward to Quantum Break, as it's a breath of fresh air from Microsoft.

All you had to do was check my comment history before typing, it would've saved you from your own ignorance.
djplonker  +   177d ago
In the past 12/13 years alone we have had / going to have

halo

halo remake

halo mcc

halo 2

halo 2 mcc

halo 3

halo 3 mcc

halo odst

halo reach

halo wars

halo 4

halo 4 mcc

spartan assault

halo 5

and you can say the same to a smaller extent about fable forza and gears of war!
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SixZeroFour  +   177d ago
why did you separate each of 1-4 from mcc into a separate title when its all shipping on one disc just to pad the list? and if you want to grasp at straws, do we need to do the same with killzone and god of war titles to make a comparison?

the mcc and the tv series are fan service...they dont rely on halo, it just helps
Gamer666  +   177d ago
We can play that game with a game like God of War as well:

God of War
God of War - GoW Collection
God of War - GoW Saga
God of War II
God of War II - GoW Collection
God of War II - GoW Saga
God of War Betrayal
God of War Chains of Olympus
God of War Chains of Olympus - GoW Saga
God of War Chains of Olympus - GoW Origins
God of War III
God of War III - GoW Saga
God of War Ghosts of Sparta
God of War Ghosts of Sparta - SoW Saga
God of War Ghosts of Sparta - GoW Origins
God of War Origins Collection
God of War Assenscion

It seems that MS isn't the only one riding the IP gravy train!
dmitrijs88  +   177d ago
Stop mentioning D4, nearly nothing is known about it, its the same as mentioning The Last Guardian.
OT: MS does not have variety of amazing 1st party studios, of course they must rely on the little yet best they got.
And theres no other mascots for Xbox besides Master Chief, both Nintendo and Sony got tons of them now.
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mkis007  +   177d ago
This, is why outside of the US there is no Xbox brand recognition. No mascots. They have banjo and conker, and yet they dont use them enough for them to be associated with MS.
ZodTheRipper  +   179d ago
Well I'm still reading "I'll buy a Xbox One when Halo ships" a lot... so MS has a good reason to rely on this IP. It's certainly their biggest franchise by far just like Uncharted is for Sony or Mario for Nintendo.
Hellsvacancy  +   179d ago
Sony have other games to fall back on though, Gran Turismo is a big system seller, as is Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy, yes I know those last two games are mulitplat games, but they're by very nature associated with the Playstation and will sell extremely well on the platform all over the world and move many systems

After Halo what is Microsfts next BIG thing?
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MichaelLito79  +   179d ago
Gears of War, Crackdown, Perfect Dark and Conkers bad fur day, Alan Wake.
DigitalRaptor  +   178d ago
@ MichaelLito79

Gears of War is 2016.

Crackdown is 2016.

Perfect Dark is not even announced yet, so count that out for 2015.

Conker's Bad Fur Day is the same.

Remedy are working on Quantum Break, getting that ready for 2015. Alan Wake won't be until 2017 or 2018, unless Remedy has become a two-team studio in the past year.
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JBSleek  +   179d ago
I mean I don't know exactly where to start with this article.

I think MS reliance on Halo isn't as drastic as the article makes it out to be. Sure Halo is the defining Xbox franchise but it would be no different for Mario being that for Nintendo.

Also, I don't think saying that Xbox Live isn't the best online experience and has been surpassed by Steam and PSN is weird too. Steam is the best digital store period and it easily wins in that category. PSN is no better than Xbox Live and having first party games all have dedicated servers I think gives Xbox Live the edge.

That being said if the author feels that Halo is all that Xbox One has going for it in terms of games I do respect the opinion, I just disagree.
Hellsvacancy  +   179d ago
We've had "Enough Mario Games Already"...... Already http://n4g.com/news/1412112...

Two of the big three have mascots (Mario/Master Chief)

I HONESTLY wouldn't know what mascot to pick for Sony, I don't think of Nathan Drake when I think Playstation
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JasonKCK  +   178d ago
So basically you're saying there are way too many Halo games? Then you go on to praise Uncharted, which is coming up on it's 6th game. So by your logic, Sony should stop making Uncharted, God of War, SOCOM, Killzone, Resistance, Singstar, GT, and the R&C games.
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mkis007  +   177d ago
The difference is the variety of games released between these major franchises, xbox 360 never had that.

between every Uncharted, God of War, SOCOM, Killzone, Resistance, Singstar, GT, and R&C game there are games like heavy rain, LBP, starhawk, twisted metal, Motorstorm, heavenly sword, sly cooper, playstation all stars, modnation racers, beyond, infamous etc...

They may be some one-off games, but they do a lot to keep the variety fresh.
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Hellsvacancy  +   177d ago
Do I praise Uncharted?
OsirisBlack  +   177d ago
This is pretty much incorrect on every level imaginable. MS relies on Halo and to some degree Gears but outside of those two games they really do not have anything else that makes you say oh yea XBOX gotta have one. Then all of their exclusive content is either timed or moneyhatted they have no true 1st party support outside of Halo and Gears. Yes they have other games only for their system but lets look at facts.

Halo,Gears and Titanfall are all considered dudebro games and only cater to one audience. Then you have Fable where only the first game was really good the others have been mediocre at best.

Now yes nintendo uses mario but to a much more extensive extent than MS uses MC. Mario has parties rides in Karts Plays Tennis and Fights in brawls. Even though its all still mario there are many different types of experiences associated with him. But outside of that you can still generally find Zelda,Metroid,Pikmin,Kirby,DK and other types of gameplay experiences ... Splatoon that allow nintendo to rely much less on Mario than MS relies on Halo.

If I don't like shooters my options are limited on a MS machine but you cannot lump Nintendo in with them because it does not suit your argument.
JBSleek  +   177d ago
I like how you say my opinion is wrong yet then proceed to spit out your opinion yet act like it's the truth.

You are the worse type of person...
gamerfan0909  +   177d ago
Kirby, Pikmin, DK are platformers on a box with a lot of platformers. If I wanna use your same argument with fable there hasn't been a good Metroid in years. You're using a preference argument to try to stat your claims as fact. I can name 20 360 exclusives or exclusives that were exclusive for the first 3 years or so that I played that all offered unique experiences.
DARK WITNESS  +   177d ago
" If I don't like shooters my options are limited on a MS machine but you cannot lump Nintendo in with them because it does not suit your argument. "

... and if I don't like Mario and have no interest in party games and kiddy stuff, how is Nintendo not included?

If I look at it the other way, If I like FPS shooters my options are limited on a Nintendo machine.
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OsirisBlack  +   177d ago
@JB it is a FACT that Nintendo makes more varied first party titles than MS that is not an opinion.

@Gamerfan0909 Yes there are a ton of platformers on nintendo and family friendly games there are other game types Zombie U and the forthcoming Splatoon but I do see your point.

@DarkWitness love the name but lets not act like MS isn't the dudebro system.

I hate feeling like I have to say it but I do own EVERY current gen platform PS4,Wii U and XB1 and am looking forward to several games on each system. XB1 I really want Ori and SunsetOverdrive.
marijanFTW  +   178d ago
of course it is. i mean every year we see some halo game
AllAboutGaming  +   177d ago
I'm not a fan of Halo myself. I agree that Microsoft needs to expand its portfolio of huge games. I think they should be exploring new IP. I was very disappointed that Black Tusk got pulled from their game to make another Gears games. Certainly, they could wait to make Gears and see if they could create a new blockbuster franchise from the ground up.
lemoncake  +   177d ago
Sony is more reliant on naughty dog than microsoft is on halo at this point.
Maninja  +   177d ago
I think you're right and the are very dependent on Naughty Dog, but not as much as Microsoft is on Halo. The studio keeps making the next killer app for playstation, starting all the way back with crash bandicoot, with each game better than the last. And uncharted 4 is most probably going to be the last game in the series, while halo just started a new trilogy.
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Spotie  +   177d ago
Nah. But Uncharted might have more mass appeal than Halo right now.

Sony has a stable of franchises, and the most important is likely Gran Turismo. Uncharted is just the one that made the biggest name for itself last generation.
q8kik  +   177d ago
if you're talking sales then Gran Torismo takes the crown not naughty dog
trouble_bubble  +   177d ago
@lemoncake
How is Sony more reliant on ND?! ND only released one exclusive in the last 2 years, a new IP.

Last year alone Sony had exclusives from Santa Monica, sanzaru, polyphony digital, guerrilla games, quantic dream, sega, vanillaware, insomniac, DE, level-5, Namco, Japan studio. 2013 wasn't that long ago, unless a certain green demographic have just repressed it
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Goku781  +   177d ago
Ive said it time and time again. Its sad, Halo is not Mario, but thats what they wanna make it like. It not even call of duty.
gamerfan0909  +   177d ago
Halo is easily one the tip 3 IP's in gaming and easily one of the biggest first party games in gaming. Denying that is denying that is denying reality. Halo 3 released soley on the 360 and sold close to 3.5 million copies in a day. Halo 4 did about 250 million in estimated gross in a day. There's not an IP besides maybe Mario that's first party and has the same success.
masterfox  +   177d ago
Well of course, is one of the few franchises for them to make money, MS on creating new IP and be succesful, is like asking Nintendo to stop milking Mario.
Dudebro90  +   177d ago
You mean the same way Sony relies on god of war, gran turismo, and uncharted? Or how Nintendo relies on Mario and Zelda.

Sounds more like the author has no idea how this industry works. People that love Halo want more Halo, the same with any other franchise. Why is it Mario and God of War get a pass, but Halo is somehow too far?
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UKzZBULLET  +   177d ago
Well Halo is Microsoft's biggest game.
y7jzdgy  +   177d ago
Did anyone here even notice what is said under the sites name? I think it says it all. If this community has any decency it will down-vote that site.

"The dirtiest shithole on the internet"
"100% lies, bullshit and clickbait"
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thecastroregime  +   177d ago
I just noticed that now that you pointed it out. Well, I suppose that changes everything, haha.
thecastroregime  +   177d ago
Of course they rely on Halo. Why wouldn't they? Reliance on a successful franchise to bolster business is not some moral crime as the author of this article would have you believe.

Even then, Microsoft, while obviously considering Halo important, even makes it seems sometimes like Halo is just another part of their lineup, not the entire showrunner. I'd argue that Microsoft is actually learning to rely on all their other new games, not just Halo.
CawMasterX  +   177d ago
I won't be buying the collection but I do understand why they're releasing it. A) Newcomers can catchup on the series before Guardians and B) It's a filler until they can get something new out for their console. Plus whatever makes the most money is always gonna be pushed.
mr233  +   177d ago
This could be said for every console. Each one has their big draws and relies heavily on them. Halo was Microsoft's big game when the first console was released and it has a loyal following. As does Mario for Nintendo, and Uncharted for Sony.

This article just sounds like the author disregards any of Microsoft's other announcements as filler, because of the Halo 5 announcement.
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Reeze  +   177d ago
Well, it's kind of the face of Microsoft, to an extent, like Mario is for Nintendo. If people are willing to buy the games, why not make more? Of course, it's important not to milk, but that's what makes them money, so... People aren't bored with Halo yet, as far as I'm aware, so I don't think it matters that much.
gamerfan0909  +   177d ago
I don't understand where this milking crap comes from. There's a few spinoff Halo games that where codeveloped by Bungie and other studios but have nothing to do with the main 4 games. The world is GIGANTIC and is starting to get even bigger and the lore is starting to get even richer through the comics. The fact that this is still an argument after Microsoft has announced as much new AAA IP as any of their competitors and different games is stupid. The core Xbox fanbase want Halo, and that's not changing whether anti halo or anti MS individuals want it or not.
TheWatercooler  +   177d ago
Lots of truth in this article
Stoppokingme  +   177d ago
Who the hell cares?

All three companies rely on their franchises to keep in business. This is fact.

Look at the competition:

Sony has

8+ Rachet and clank
6 Gran Turismo
4 uncharted
4 Killzone
4 Gods of war

Nintendo has

20+ mario games
10+ pokemon games
10+ Legend of zelda games
10 mario party games
8 mario Karts
5+ Metroid

Not to mention the rest.

Every comapany is just as guilty of milking a franchise, but it's not exactly 'milking' a franchise when there is demand, so why is Halo being singled out?
etownone  +   177d ago
You forgot to add the psp/vita games.

That's
7 Gran Turismo
6 Uncharted
5 Killzone
6 God Of war
Cherchez La Ghost  +   177d ago
IMO..., that's like me saying that Nintendo relies to much on Mario. The Master Chief Collection is a great way for every gamer to who is starting to catch up on the history of the Halo Franchise and for us who played it for years now go go back to the old school Multilayer gaming. Besides, the Halo movie (Forward Until Dawn) wasn't bad also. And if you need full insight of the Halo Universe, check out Halo Waypoint. It gave me a full understanding of the Halo Universe.
Illusive_Man  +   177d ago
5 Halos (main story starring Chief) spread across 3 generations of consoles (OG Xbox, 360, XB1) compared to 3 Uncharted games on PS3 and probably 2 or more on PS4. Me thinks this analysis is off. Plus, Chief is the mascot of the Xbox brand. He and his series hould be featured.
LAWSON72  +   177d ago
Who the hell cares? Say every single Halo game

Halo CE
Halo 2
Halo 3
Halo Wars
Halo 3 ODST
Halo Reach
Halo CE Anniversary
Halo 4

I enjoyed every damn one of these games (4 MP got boring quick though) and if this is milking it must be coming from one great cow. I can't wait to see more Master Chief and play more classic arena style Halo MP in Halo 5, MCC, and the TV show
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PrinceOfAllSaiyans  +   177d ago
"And probably two or more on PS4"

So you bought up something that doesn't exist to fight your argument ? Alrighty then. And everyone knows this is the end of Uncharted just buy watching that short trailer. The game is called "A Thief's End", Drake is getting up there in age, they said they're going to "do this one last time", and Naughty Dog already said they have a new IP.

OT: Of course they rely on Halo, why wouldn't they when it'd makes you millions ? I'm a huge Halo fan, granted that it lost its touch when Bungie left and 343 took over. But I can't wait for MC collection ad H5 Guardians both will be day 1.
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trouble_bubble  +   177d ago
@illusive
So we're dividing by master chiefs now lol? Assassins creed has had like 6 different playable protagonists. Each numbered entry introduced a new ancestor. No excuses there.

Are MGS2 and MGS3 not "main stories" because you play as Raiden and BigBoss instead of SolidSnake? Is Resistance3 not a main game cuz you play as Capelli instead of Hale? Templar hasn't been playable since Killzone1. Silent Hill and Resident Evil swap protagonists every game. No cherry picking. Halo 3 ODST, Halo Wars, Halo Reach all happened . No "probably"
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Skankinruby  +   177d ago
Because on its third generation its still the most talked about and anticipated franchise by miles. Microsoft has done very little to broaden their reputation because, well, they didn't need to. This isn't saying there wasn't other games, but consumers that favor Xbox just simply don't care. Microsoft was able to draw a big enough audience and lure them into the idea that a game on its own doesn't need much as long as you got online multiplayer. And until ps4 started squashing X1 there was absolutely no incentive to change their business tactic but even now the most anticipated release for X1 is the master chief collection, kinda tells you something.
0P-Tigrex  +   177d ago
Here's a question.. if MS didn't have Halo... how many people would continue support for the system?
m0lt0n  +   177d ago
More than you'd probably like to believe. I'm a long-time Xbox fan (read: not fanboy). While i enjoy Halo games, i don't circle the date on my calendar. A lof other 1st party MS and exclusive games have bigger followings than people here seem to want to give them credit for.

Fable and Forza, and Gears come to mind (all are typically well received and sell well).
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urwifeminder  +   177d ago
You can rely on me to buy it humans rely on air too much.
Provolone24  +   177d ago
Last gen, Microsoft made very few big new IPs. Gears (which was 2nd party anyway) and Alan Wake were probably the biggest two. Halo, Fable, and Forza, which they give us strong doses of pretty consistently, all originated on the first Xbox. Now, all three companies are guilty of milking some of their cash cows so let's not even go there. Personally, I think making new IPs can offset that. Last gen, Sony's first party studios gave us new IPs like Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, Infamous, Starhawk, Resistance, Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, Demon's Souls (in conjunction with From Software), Motorstorm, The Last of Us, the list goes on. Nintendo, on the other hand, is never going to abandon their beloved cast of characters. Some people love it, some don't.

Microsoft does deserve credit for finally shifting their full attention to games (which should have always been their focus, but I digress), however, how many new IPs did they show at E3? A few, but the bigger stuff they're relying on are old IPs. Halo, Fable, Forza, reboots of Crackdown and Phantom Dust. Scalebound is new, but they just pointed a money gun at Platinum to land that game.

Let the disagree votes flow in, but all I'm simply saying here is that, out of the Big 3, Sony is the king of making new IPs. Whether those IPs are better, worse, or whatever else in comparison to whoever else is nothing more than an opinion.
corvusmd  +   177d ago
Uncharted 4 says hello
trouble_bubble  +   177d ago
Hate to break it to you, but 4 is less than, how many announced retail halos are we at, 9 or 10?! More if you count the inevitable halo 6 in the new trilogy and downloadables like spartan assault.

Uncharted4 is looking to be the finale. You couldn't have picked a worse counterpoint. Especially with franchises like Ratchet&Clank out there.
FunkMacNasty  +   177d ago
@troublebubble

There is no "counterpoint". This is a troll article and it was
Quite obviously posted on N4G because this site has become the haven for hate among close minded gamers all over the Internet.

Since none of you can think beyond your own console, here is the hard FACT about Halo: IT MAKES LOTS OF MONEY. That's the one simple reason MS keeps pumping out games, movies, TV shows, etc. because it's a profitable brand.

Sadly, MS has not plotted against playstation gamers everywhere by continuing to support one of its most popular and best selling franchises. Because if that happened, ya know.... None of us could enjoy the other games we
Play because there would be 10 Halo installments spanning 12 years and 3 consoles. What would we possible do!?
Artista  +   177d ago
What a joke of an article. Every company spams iPs. Halo is a juggernaut franchise. It does numbers that many other exclusives struggle to do. Master chief is probably the face of Xbox, the mascot, just like Mario is to nintendo.

So yes, they have the right to be reliant on the success that is Halo.
headblackman  +   177d ago
halo is the next biggest franchise next to mario! so relying on halo is a problem where?????

i fail to see how this is a problem or even a valid topic.
tobiworldwide  +   177d ago
The problem is now people are starting to want to grab an x1 for the new halo games coming out. Im not going to lie i wasnt a fan of the x1 pre-E3 and even switched to the ps4 even though i was a huge 360 fanboy back in the day. But seeing halo mcc at e3 this year im considering to get one later this year. Its been my franchise of choice since I was a wee lad.
Max-Zorin  +   177d ago
It's a successful franchise and the fans love it. Why not give them more? This stupid journalist would fit in with IGNorant.
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