So, I know you guys at 343 can’t give us any definite plans one way or the other, and I also know you guys aren’t allowed to talk about future projects…
But hear me out. Jeremiah over at the Bungie Optimatch forum (The man is a legend) leaves messages on the Optimatch forum almost daily, clearing up some mis-conceptions, answering questions, stuff like that. But now and again he does something that I rarely see from any game dev or anyone in charge of any game, ever.
He gives us some real information on what to expect in the coming months.
Yeah, he prefaces it with “This is subject to change, no guarantees”…But at least we get some insight on what’s going on back behind the walls. He’ll pop in and tell us the damage settings for the Classic playlist, or his plans for a new Stockpile variant.
Nothing’s set in stone, he always makes that clear, but it’s just so damn nice to hear some updates that really matter to the players…
So here’s the meat of it: 343i, if you really care about the community’s input - as you say you do - could we start getting some periodical look behind the scenes from you guys? Not like the Bungie Weekly Advertis-I mean…UPDATES…But just something that says “Here’s what we’re working on in regards to a Title Update, or a new Map Pack, or playlist changes we have ideas for. Nothing guaranteed, but we’d like your input.”
It would mean wonders to us to just get a look at what you guys are thinking of, be it a definite thing or just something you guys dreamed up.
It’d also give you valuable feedback before you start doing something that the community would hate!
Just food for thought, guys.
Thanks for reading, and thank you for showing your support of the Halo community.
So I’ve been replying as much as I can and as best as I can to those who provide intelligent and debate-able points. I feel part of my response to one of these deserves a spot up here in the OP. Sometimes you can say stuff better the more you think and post about it =)
The post was about why 343 couldn’t be as transparent as we want them to be due to “leaks” and “secrets”.
> As for Reach, I don’t see a reason there should be any secrets at all. The game is released. We all know what’s in it. Why NOT divulge as much information as possible on future updates for the game so that they (343) can get as much community input as possible? Why not let us in on the process before they do something the community would lash out at?
> If I were in charge, I would see this as the SMART thing to do. You’re just being handed the reins of a game that in the view of a lot of long-time Halo fans is failing and starting to die. You can’t deny that a lot of people are upset at Reach, and the fanbase is, putting it mildly, disgruntled. Hardcore Halo fans have a keen and watchful eye on 343i to see what their next move is. This puts a lot of pressure on them not to mess up. I would think that it’d be in 343s best interest to be as transparent as possible about what their plans are for Reach, to lessen the chance of community backlash.
> The solution to confusion is transparency. The solution to apprehension is dialog.
> Give the community regular information and they won’t get confused, and less arguments will start. Reach out to the community and participate in a real conversation, and you’ll have a lot less angry fans and a lot more intelligent discussion.
> Letting the community know they’re listening was the best first step 343 could possibly have taken. Now, it’s time to take it to the next level, go beyond the statement, and start the conversation. Do that, and they’ll be better developers than Bungie ever could have been.