Let’s make one thing clear first: 343 still has a lot in store for Halo 4. We have an upcoming TU, two more map packs, promise of more playlists, etc., so it still has the potential to steer in a new direction that more people will like. But for now, let’s assume that 343 will keep doing what they’re doing.
What are they doing, exactly? IMO, I believe that they’re trying to make Halo a new experience. Halo has been an amazing franchise since its release 11 years ago, and with the mantle of responsibility (no pun intended) now handed to 343, you definitely can’t expect them to make it an exact copy of a previous game.
But the thing is that many would argue that they tried too hard to make it “new,” to the point that it has become a whole lot LESS like Halo. For some, even to the point of making it like CoD (which I highly disagree with, actually).
Let me get to the point: I’d like this to be a discussion, not so much of what we want, but of what we think is going happen with future Halo games.
What do you think will be seen in Halo 5? Will they return to the simplicity of Halo, or continue to essentially make this game more complex, regarding AA, loadouts, ordnance, etc.? Do you think they will heed the demands of the community?
If you want my personal opinion, I think they’ll turn back toward the direction of the original Halo trilogy, at least to an extent. This is their first game of the franchise, and I think Halo 4 was really, to them, more of an experiment. And after seeing the incredible disappointment with the game, they will try to follow the demands of the community more.
Personally, I really liked Halo 4, but a revert to earlier games would make me even happier.
So what do you think? What direction will 343 steer Halo in?