343 Industries quickly debunks rumours.
Halo 6 has to be one of the most highly anticipated games among Xbox One owners. Even though there has ben no official announcement or confirmation regarding the game yet, it’s a pretty well known fact that the game is currently under development at 343 Industries and is bound for release sooner or later.
As per a new rumour, 343 Industries were considering a lootbox system for Halo 6’s online multiplayer component, but decided to re-evaluate that choice after the controversy surrounding Star Wars Battlefront 2. According to the series director Frank O’Connor though, that isn’t true. O’Connor quickly moved to debunk these rumours in a response on a thread on the ResetERA forums.
“This is bunk,” O’Connor said. “We’re not reevaluating anything (significant) and “Microsoft” isn’t designing anything for the next game – 343 is. We watched the EA Battlefront thing with the curiosity you’d expect – but our current req system is player focused and well liked and unintrusive as far as these things go. We have made zero announcements about our next projects and continue to work on our next game and technology with player’s needs and interests in mind.”
“I suppose you could say “company x is evaluating feature you” and always have some grain of truth, but we are neither aping nor adapting an unrelated system from another game,” he went on to say later on in the comment. “Development is rife with normal examples of both of these ‘stories’ but in this case there aren’t even notable small examples that this could have been based on.”
“Certainly in the future we’ll be evolving our systems and tech and maybe these general and vague statements will have brief applicability,” he said, before finishing- “But right now? Nah.”
That certainly makes sense. Besides, it stands to reason that almost every developer and publisher with any significant presence in the online gaming market would have been looking at the Star Wars Battlefront 2 situation with interest, and that all of them would have learned a thing or two from it.