For starters, I originally was going to post my opinion on a post made by another community member in the “ Halo Infinite “ Forums, So here we are in the General Discussion forums .
I realized that what that member was asking from all members was for a serious answer / response.
So I decided to make a post seeing how there are alot of issues I personally had with what they were asking for ; By “ personal issues “ I mean in the context of what I / we as a community have with current Halo and how that can be turned around for better changes.
( I speak for myself on this )
In this post, I heavily speak on the Halo TV Series.
For me… Long post, Here’s your potato and thank you for reading and giving your opinion on what I have to say and what you have to say…
( Apologies if anyone takes offense to my take or anyone else’s take, the goal is to get feedback not just for us as a community but for 343 Industries.
So Keep it clean please.
Without Bungie, Halo wouldn’t exist, Without 343 Industries, Halo would cease to continue to exist.
What exactly is the Incentive or motive to keep players engaged with the game or engaged with Halo as a whole?
What would help motivate the community to keep them supporting 343 Industries as we did with Bungie?.
Honestly how people can keep pulling excuses out of there ( INSERT OFFENSIVE TRIGGERING WORD HERE ) bottles my mind…
I personally still think Halo 4 is the best Campaign story in the Halo series, Bungie Era - 343 Industries Era and still think Halo Reach isn’t considered canon ( In my books ) ; But still Halo Infinite is the worst game on the market for Xbox.
I don’t think 343 Industries should step down from the Halo TM, but I do think Microsoft needs to step in and re-evaluate how 343 Industries is being managed.
For starters, we know that alot of 343 staff were contracted, which had expiration dates come to an end and why they left.
We know that 343 Industries were against the idea that former Bungie employee’s who worked on the Original series return based on leaks from contractor employee’s who worked on Infinite.
We Know that 343 Industries originally wanted Halo Infinite to play like a “ Hero “ type of game similar to Overwatch and Paladins, but realized late into development that they need to keep the Halo formula ( 1st person shooter ) Intact. - ( This is based on leaks from contract employee’s who worked on infinite stated and what data miners have found.
We know that “ SURE “ the Covid pandemic took a toll on Infinites development, but so did every other gaming studio take a pandemic hit, yet they managed to bust out 10 star games with no issue.
We know that the development cycle for Infinite “WAS SLOW “ - I doubt it, I don’t think 343 Industries knew what direction to take infinite, but it is known and constantly being stated that 343 Industries wants to target a “ BROADER AUDIENCE “, which means ignoring the Halo Community / Fan base of the Halo series ; Who exactly does 343 Industries want to target???
We’ll take a look at customization for Halo MCC and Halo Infinite, Idk about Halo 5, I’ll have to double check this to see if it was updated, but look at how ( Body Types ) is worded now, no 2 genders anymore, but a slider for body types.
This here really shows that 343 Industries is wanting to pander and cater to a more political audience who tend to whine more about how games are played vs just playing them.
Take look at the Halo tv series, the show was not made for Halo fans, game fans or really anyone for that matter… The “ bUt iT,s NoT cAnOn “ excuse isn’t even an argument that those saying can back up with anything but “ Quit whining “
Don’t get me wrong, the show is “ good “ for what it is, but compared to “ ACTUAL TRASH “ - Trash has a more compelling story and world building than the Infinite show does.
If your going to tell a story, utilize the source material for starters, then listen to the fanbase that has been following the lore for 20+ years, they will tell you how to write and construct a story to fit in the current / past timeline of events / canon - to even telling you how to write a non canon story that won’t have a ton of backlash.
The goal is make money right?
The goal is to draw in a broader audience right?
We’ll listen to the fan base who are going to be the first ones tuning in to what your dishing out and can spread the word to have your project grow and blossom.
The show writers for the Halo TV show stated multiple times that they didn’t bother studying the lore ; They said it was to much and a bit overwhelming, - but opt to nip pick elements to fit the narrative to what they were telling ; Okaay… Fine… Cool, crash and burn then. Don’t start mass blocking people who waited 5-6+ years for this show to drop cause they have issue with it.
Its an alt timeline… I don’t like that, personally ( Obviously )
Why? Well now, 343 Industries can easily introduce time travel, the multiverse into the Halo lore and retcon literally ANYTHING, contradicting even there own setup, bringing in a ton of questions with no answers, while ruining what is already established as “ PERFECT “ Story development.
If it’s not broken, don’t fix… In fact, don’t even touch it.
It’s okay to retcon certain elements, both Bungie and 343 Industries have done it to have things make more sense or to have a “ Sense of realism “ to the lore / canon. Same goes for 10x bigger projects such as Marvel or DC, ( Marvel does it better )
i think the straw that broke the camels back with Infinite was 343 Industries approach to a “ Soft reboot “ , I personally think this decision did more damage to story progression and development progression.
343 industries created more issues for themselves on how to go forward, choosing what to keep and leave out, only to realize that the investors they want to impress, ( The Halo Community ) would bring the backlash and question what is going on with Halo TM as a whole.
Our Goal here at 343 Industries is to target a Broader Audience.
- 343 industries
How is that going for you 343 Industries?
Comparing the numbers of how many people play the games ( Halo MCC, Halo 5 and Halo Infinite, - to Views on twitch, That number hasn’t really changed for the “ Greater Good “, Its plummeted actually.
Quite sad really.
The Halo Show on Paramount when comparing the numbers show that you are not bringing in a new audience at all, the audience is the Halo community WHO you should be focusing on first before anyone else.
Were your bread and butter sweetie, don’t go tarnishing our relationship we’ve had for 20+ Years now.
Yes, I know… The show isn’t canon.
GOOD for you to think about voicing that… I know, you know… WE ALL KNOW.
Master Chief is a “ Blessed One “
Da fudge is that suppose too mean, this isn’t Starwars ; Master Chief is not a knock off version of Anakin or rEy Palpatine. He is special because he has a set of skills along with a ton of other Spartans with similar skills, the difference is that he has an AI that narrowed him down to being “ Attuned too luck “ - what does that mean? It means that he is going to go above and beyond based on his calculations to make the best choice for any given situation… Sounds complex and simple huh? Well Bungie recognized that Master Chief is going to be played by a ton of gamers who are going to portray themselves as the “ Hero “ / Main character.
There’d be no reason to characterize him, but to keep his personality “ Simple and straight forward “ - In fact, Bungie summed it up in one line, “ Shoot first and ask questions later “…
Alot of people want to claim, 343 Industries ruined “ Master Chief “ by trying to characterize him in Halo 4, “ Humanize “ him… No, Bungie would of done the same thing, In fact, Bungie had started this process in Halo 2 - Halo 3 and in the books.
343 Industries went and filled the gaps between Halo 3 - Halo 4, catching the player up with how the Halo Universe had changed since Chief was in cryo sleep. Chief, despite being a “ Flawless “ Character would develop “ PTSD “, would have his world view fracture / shattered.
Even Chief / Bungie / 343 industries and anyone with common sense would comprehend that when one chapter ends, a new on begins, the story is never over.
Lore wise, this makes sense, ( In the Halo Universe ) Especially with Halo 3 ODST and Halo Reach, not “ a “ different perspective, but “ Multi perspectives “ from other characters on what is happening in the Universe.
Honestly how 343 industries didn’t bother intervening in the writing process or direction of the show will go baffles me and I know a vast majority of the Halo Community as well.
343 Industries and Microsoft could of Easily brought BLUR STUDIOS aboard to write a show that ties into the canon / lore.
( Blur Studios for those who don’t know, worked on Halo War’s, Halo Wars 2 and Halo 2 Anniversary. )
Imagine if that happened?
That show / series would of blown up with positive reviews, little issues, all while drawing in a massive amount of “ New “ viewers… ( THAT BROADER AUDIENCE ) you want so badly…
When I hear “ We want a broader audience with Halo “ …
I immediately think… Are you targeting the Playstation community? Cause you do realize that PS players play Xbox games too…
You do realize that gamers of PC, Xbox and PlayStation all support other games and genre of other games…
That and I think, This “ Broader Audience “ is a “ Political “ move to Carter to you know who… I’d say it, but “ trigger “ a specific group of people who take offense to anything and everything for no reason.
Even then, those people do play Halo games and games in general, SOOO why pander to 1 specific group over the core fan base?
“ mIcRoSoFt cArEs “
Eh, no they don’t, there are other games out that are “ Politically “ driven to pander to 1 group.
In fact, there are games out under Microsofts belt that don’t GIVE 2 ( Insert Offensive Word Here ) about any movement.
This show as stated by MANY other community members is not made for anyone, but a specific group that cant even be mentioned…
That right there is costing 343 Industries and many other companies Money and there Reputation to handle a brand.
“ I ShOuLdN’T hAvE tO rEaD tHe BoOkS tO UnDeRsTaNd tHe lOrE “
Okay… Don’t, just don’t get upset and start asking a ton of questions on how 1 game ends and the sequel picks up a few weeks - months after the last game did…
Halo CE - Halo 2 There is a time gap.
Halo 2 - Halo 3 There is a time gap.
Halo 3 - Halo 4 There is a time gap.
Halo 4 - Halo 5 There is a time gap.
Halo 5 - Halo Infinite There is a time gap.
Between the games are Books, Comics - Paper and Audio form to draw in New and Old / Current fans of the series.
Halo Infinite - Halo Infinite’s DLC’s There will be a time gap.
Don’t ask questions if you don’t bother following the lore / story unrelated to the video games.
Do what you what, just don’t harp on those who did follow up and support what’s going on.
( Game development - Story building )
This applies to any game studio and there projects.
Again, This was originally going to be a short response to a post, I will not name the post or OP, but it did prompt me to go on this little “ rant “.
I have made past “ post’s “ on my stance with Halo Infinite, Halo titles and 343 Industries.
^ I have them linked here for those who question where I stand on other issues ^
As long as a Halo game is out, Imma play it, Imma invest my time and money into it.
Not cause Im a Halo fan, cause I can do what I want with my time and money.
You can to, just keep in mind, we as a community do determine the future of Halo.