I get it. We’re all ticked off. Even me.
But let’s be real. Remember when Jason Schrier cracked the lid on everything going on at MS and 343i? About the contractors and such? Remember how they hired in some Bungie alumni to figure out the engine that they still struggled with? Remember how the game’s course changed with Joseph Staten as a lead of sorts?
Yeah so that would just happen again.
Folks the issue isn’t 343i, even though 343i is plagued with issues - it’s also upper management. But there is yet more.
They’d have to teach an entire new studio, AN ENTIRE NEW STUDIO, about how Halo’s busted engine works - and if you think they can just… swap engines? They can’t. They literally, cannot. There’s so much that can’t carry over - code doesn’t plug and play into other engines. It just does not work like that.
And like. 343i was made, literally, for making Halo products. BY. Microsoft. Do y’all think they just waddled up and asked if they could develop Halo?
No! No, they didn’t. How many people working at 343i have actually been there from the start that aren’t upper management? Less than 10%, I can guarantee y’all that. Most people don’t work at one studio for ten plus years. It just… doesn’t happen.
I get it. You’re mad at 343i (when really you should be tiffed at Microsoft) - and I GET it. But what some of y’all are asking for doesn’t make a lick of sense. if not 343i, then who?
Bungie? Sony literally owns them now.
Saber Interactive? They’re busy doing what they always do - polishing other studios’ products for release.
There aren’t any other options. Other studios are too busy to be tied up in Halo’s multimedia mess - you do need to remember, 343i is larger than a game studio and handles a lot with various different divisions. Their name is on basically every Halo product. There’s a reason for that.
Y’all don’t know what exactly you’re asking for. As grim as it is, 343i is at this moment our best bet. I don’t like that any more than you do.