Baby steps aren't bad, 343. But your community is howling at your gates, angry and hurt. Your forums are flooded with complaints and suggestions for change. You may be the custodians of Halo, but you are not loved and appreciated like Bungie was.
I can see why Bungie jumped ship from Halo. They saw what they had created. A child who would not stop growing, and it became too big for them to care for. You, 343, were created specifically to try and handle this monstrosity we call "Halo".
And yet, when you took your best guess at how to make Halo multiplayer, many will say you failed. No, I do not want reincarnations of past titles. I like innovation and cool ideas, but many ideas in this game were not implemented properly.
I can only hope you have learned your lesson. After the Title Update goes live, get working on addressing the concerns of your outraged and heartbroken community. Because if you don't, then Bungie, with their new child Destiny, will steal the hearts and minds of all Halo players and reclaim them as their own. Halo will die alone if you don't do something
to make things right.
But I don't place the blame solely in your hands, 343. Moneybags Microsoft had something to do with this. Based on my observations, I believe MS tried very hard to beat CoD: Blops II in more ways than one. Well, guess what? MS failed.
Call of Duty players outnumber us more than five to one on an average day. You guys launched one week early, but based on this graph
, you lost half of your players to Activision on the launch date of CoD: Blops II. That was 200,000 people.
That is inexcusable. Unforgivable. This should never have happened.
But I have some faith. Hopefully, someone high up in 343 sees this post. I know it won't do much good. But please know that I, and every Halo player out there, would be thrilled to see change. But you have to hurry. There's not much time until it's too late to save this game.