A reader insists that he was right to be frightened about 343’s stewardship of Halo and advises utilizing the makers of Doom to refresh the collection.
Back in September 2022 I wrote a Reader’s Feature called 343 Industries must be shut down before they damage Halo utterly. I had anticipated fairly a backlash to such a suggestion however, really, a lot of the feedback gave the impression to be in unhappy settlement, that the developer of Halo had been given one (or more) probabilities too many and so they wanted to be taken off the franchise before they kill it.
Other followers might have agreed with me however Microsoft apparently didn’t, as we went by a number of more months of failures and of Halo Infinite’s multiplayer turning into ever more irrelevant. Then this week we began to get tales of Microsoft slicing 10,000 workers, with 343 Industries being essentially the most badly hit of any game studio. Despite my earlier function, this didn’t make me joyful. I’m nicely aware that these are actual people with lives and commitments of their own, which are immediately out of a job.
But then I don’t blame any developer at 343 for the mess of the last few years, when it’s blindingly apparent to everybody that it is a administration concern. Something which was instantly confirmed by ex-343 workers complaining about managers after they have been nonetheless there and placing the blame squarely on them.
As if that wasn’t dangerous sufficient we then get rumours, not but confirmed as I write this, that 343 are now not going to be making Halo video games themselves and can as an alternative merely oversee others which are. That is precisely the kind of factor I used to be getting at last year, however sadly Microsoft waited too long and the price of that hesitation is that it’s now reported that the mainline video games will now not have a narrative element – with any narrative based mostly video games turning into decrease price range spin-offs.
That is most undoubtedly not what I needed to listen to. Especially because it sounds like it’s a choice made by Microsoft bean counters, who’re frightened nobody’s going to be shopping for microtransactions for a narrative campaign. In truth, they’ve apparently cancelled all plans for any more story DLC in any respect.
On the one hand, one thing needed to be completed however on the opposite it ought to have been apparent to Microsoft a decade in the past that 343 wasn’t as much as the job and positively the last three years confirmed that main change was want. But now, as a result of they’ve left it to the last minute, the harm, together with to people’s jobs, is that a lot more extreme.
But hopefully the boil has at last been lanced and we will simply begin constructing Halo back up. The tone of the rumours suggests Microsoft needs to show it into an nearly solely multiplayer franchise, which is totally not what ought to occur. But I’m going to foretell that they’ll release a standalone single-player game that shall be a ‘surprise’ hit and immediately Microsoft will realise that they made the flawed determination – as a result of simply avoidable failure appears to be the only way these firms ever study.
We’ve got to maneuver on although and whereas they already appear to have a variety of small studios engaged on the multiplayer I’d like to see them grow to be bolder in who they use. They’re already shopping for Activision so there’s some potential there, to make use of Call Of Duty builders to make new Halo, however personally I’d like to see what id Software can do with the franchise.
Doom Eternal remains to be one in every of my favorite shooters of current years however I’d simply like to see what a brand new staff can do with the universe, one which hopefully gained’t be wanting over their shoulder at Bungie fairly a lot.
I feel they’re busy for the time being, with the Indiana Jones game, nevertheless it’d also be fascinating to see what the Wolfenstein devs MachineGames may do too, as I really like their strategy to story-based shooters. Basically, Microsoft must take absolutely advantage of their breadth of studios and never keep counting on getting in outdoors assist or simply placing up with one thing that’s clearly not working.
By reader Winston
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