343 Industries: New Halo Games Will Be ‘Scrutinised Differently’ Without Bungie

Posted By | On 23rd, Mar. 2011 Under Industry News, News

According to the director of Microsoft’s 343 Industries, Frank O’Connor, new titles in the Halo franchise will be “scrutinised differently” by fans now that Bungie are no longer involved in their production:”Right now Bungie is supporting the community with matchmaking and stats, but at this point that’s it,” he went on to say that 343 will “continue to do that and support the community but in terms of actual Halo product this marks the first where there is no Bungie, or even tertiary Bungie involvement other than matchmaking.” He went on, saying “It hasn’t felt different for me because I used to work with all of these guys. So it feels like a continuation, but it will also be scrutinised differently by the fans – or at least the hardcore fans because there will be an apparent difference whether there is any reality to it or not.”

When asked if fans would notice the switch in developers he responded “Absolutely. There will be things that they’ll say ‘oh this is better than that’ about but we’ll just have to wait and see. I’ll be watching that stuff, you have to take it seriously because your core fans are also the most educated. But you also have to remember that probably 75% of the audience doesn’t know who makes the games – to them it’s like ‘Xbox makes the games’. Those are a bulk of the audience that you also have to pay close, careful and loving attention to”

Thanks to CVG for the info.

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  • doub7

    I definitely think sum hardcore fans will hate just b/c its not Bungie. I personally am optimistic that the lvl of quality wiil b at or near what we have seen in the fast. MS can’t afford 2 lose the Halo fans.

  • PilarVIRUS

    Yeah… I just don’t think about a Halo game without Bungie, it’s like peanut butter and jelly. It’s like left without a right. A week without Saturday. Ah.. I mind is blown, I don’t even know what to think.

  • If they’re real fans I don’t see anyone putting up too much of fuss about it. COD’s the same way, unless the developers honestly screw the game up and make almost a completely different game then there more than likely wont be anything to worry about.

  • doub7

    I don’t know ppl used 2 hate on Treyarch pretty bad. Ppl used 2 go on bout how terrible CoD 3 was, when I thought it was slightly less enjoyable than CoD 2. Black Ops pretty much shut most ppl up tho I think.

  • woodysroundup

    they can’t just let halo die after its longterm developer leaves, then what cash cow will they exploit? nope, just switch developers and slap Halo on the box sounds good.
    but I’m pleased for change, the series was beginning to come stale and was in need of change.

  • doub7

    I agree it may b a blessing in disguise. I luv Bungie & they kept getting better at it but they r kinda tellin the same story over in the campaign. With Reach they did change it up a bit but most ppl think it was 4 the worse. Will b cool 2 c what a new developer does w/ the franchise.

  • doub7

    Well the Defiant Map Pack was surprisingly good, so maybe 343 has what it takes after all. I really appreciate the inclusion of a new firefight map, even bungie never did that. Looking forward 2 the rumored Halo remake this fall.


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