Halo is arguably the mother of all FPS games on consoles right now. It has the greatest contribution in making the FPS genre popular on consoles. And all credit goes to Bungie, the developers of the series. Now there is actually lots of time left till Halo: Reach releases, the last Halo project by Bungie. But that doesn’t mean Halo series will be done and dusted. Microsoft will obviously continue this blockbuster franchise and for which they must have, by now, thought of the possible next big developer that can carry the reigns from Bungie. Now carrying the Bungie legacy and following their footsteps will not be an easy job for any developer. But we also believe there are enough talented and experienced developers out there who can do the job with same or better effectiveness. So here at GB we thought of just sharing our wish list of those awesome developers that we would love to see working on future Halo projects.
What? A supposedly Sony exclusive studio developing a Halo game…Are you guys nuts? That’s probably the first thing crossing your mind right now but hey! We are just sharing our wildest wish list here. Now Insomniac has a great lineup of quality franchises under its belt such as Ratchet and Clank, Spyro and Resistance. And have already proven their worth in the industry. Now what Insomniac can add to the Halo franchise is what they do best, simply make it more fun. Add tons of new cool weapons, diversified levels/enemies, and make competitive multiplayer a little more chaotic. We know this is nothing more than just wishful thinking but still there is nothing wrong in doing so.
Imagine a Halo game on CryEngine 3…w00t! Wouldn’t that be sweet? Now Halo franchise isn’t known for its awe-inspiring graphics but that could all change if Microsoft decides to hire Crytek for the project. We all know what Crytek can bring to the table and that is jaw-dropping visuals. But that doesn’t mean the guys at Crytek are only good for that aspect of a game. They can create amazing First-Person Shooters of the highest standards and games like original Far Cry and Crysis are a testimony to that, both of which boosted ground-breaking visuals but in addition to that they were great overall gaming experiences as well. So Halo games in Crytek’s hands would mean they are in safe hands.
Epic Games having been working in partnership with Microsoft since the start of the current gen consoles on Xbox 360’s blockbuster Gears of War series. So working on a Halo game wouldn’t be much of a surprise. Epic Games certainly knows how to make top-tier FPS having developed Unreal Games. But what can they do to the franchise’s good? Well if Gears of War is some indication then they can make it…let’s say a bit more tactical, a bit more bad @$$??? But please not on Unreal Engine 3, brand new Halo game on a brand new Unreal Engine…sounds good to us.
Out of all the developers mentioned here, gearbox is probably the strongest contender for the job. They also ported the original Halo on PC, also they’ve been rumored to be the next Halo developers before. Gearbox has a great deal of experience having worked on various quality games starting from half-life, halo ports to most recently, the highly acclaimed borderlands. Gearbox might have lost some confidence after the release of last Brothers in Arms game which didn’t quite live up to its hype but with Borderlands’ success, GearBox sure has again made its mark. And we are damn confident they can responsibly take Halo franchise to a much needed new direction.
Well Infinity Ward doesn’t need any introduction. They are undoubtedly the most successful, the hottest developer this generation. They have set the bar for competitive multiplayer in the industry. With unmatched success of Call of Duty franchise, infinity ward is in league of its own. Again it’s next to impossible thinking that infinity ward would ever work on a console exclusive title neither Activision would ever allow them to do so. But we just can’t help ourselves from imagining this scenario. This would mean unimaginable new heights for the Halo franchise.