We’re five months into Halo 4’s life span, and it’s been a rocky four months. The population has been a rollar coaster, mainly going downhill, but it’s stabilized now - held steady for the past few weeks.
So, 343, this is what you have left to work with. People who were either extreme “Casuals” (I really hate that word) have moved on to the next big game, be it Black Ops II or the upcoming GOW. Many who were super competitive left due to the severe lack of that in the starting months.
What you have left are people who see that this game can be great, that love Halo. So, it’s time to strengthen what you have. Start focusing on what is repeatedly asked for here - even though this doesn’t represent all of the Halo 4 players, it represents the ones who can voice their opinion.
If something is getting four hundred page threads or dozens a day about the same topic, then you know that is something the community wants. Prioritize that - if not for Halo 4, then make sure you address it for Halo 5. Example is ranks. It’s probably not feasible to implement in Halo 4 now other than the CSR system, but think of that for Halo 5. A lot of people want the ability to flash their skill rank, and not a number.
Another would be Custom Game Options. Look what you removed, look what the players want. If it’s a defunct gametype like VIP, that’s fine - we don’t need it. But stuff like Race and Infection options are stuff that shaped great Custom Game’s - and while there are tricks to make it work, we shouldn’t be jumping hoops to do something we could do in the previous game.
I could go on, but I think you get it. What you have left is most likely what you’re going to get for Halo 4 - you won’t be seeing a large increase in players. It’s time to take what you have a grow on it - listen to the players here to improve stuff for Halo 5. Not everything we want is going to be feasible or good for the game, but there is plenty of desires that could make the next game into a great one. Things like bringing back Multi Team. Things like putting Theatre back into Campaign with the scoring. Things like bringing Halo back to the roots, with updates that you think would benefit the series.
Here’s what you have left. Don’t try and fix this game to bring back players who left. Fix this game so that people here enjoy it, and maybe then you will see players return.