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343 Hints That Halo 5 is in Development for Next-Generation Xbox, Series Still Has a Lot of Life in it

Posted on November 2, 2012 AT 08:48am

A lot of developers are shying away from talking about future technology, however 343 Industries is not one of these and has shared some details about the future of the Halo franchise.

Halo franchise development director Frank O’Connor has told the Seattle Times that the team is currently working on several story aspects and technology development for the next entry into the Halo franchise.

When asked during an interview, “You’re presumably working on the next version — “Halo 5” or whatever it’s going to be called will be the anchor tenant on the next version of the Xbox, right?” O’Connor offered the reply, “We’ve done as much prototyping and storytelling and the future arc of the universe as we have on technology. So we’re definitely working on the future but in some ways it’s technologically agnostic at this point.”

Now you would expect most people to have skirted round the question or just flat out refused to answer it, but O’Connor was happy to reveal that work is ongoing and that future technology is being worked with. Of course he didn’t come straight out and say that the game was being developed for the next-generation Xbox, but the language he uses seems to suggest as much.

O’Connor then went on to add, “We definitely have a lot of smart people inside the studio and outside the studio thinking about future technology and future development., for sure.” Further adding to the suggestion that next-generation development is definitely at the forefront of 343′s mind and why not, Halo is one of Microsoft’s biggest franchises, of course they would want a new game in the series to sell consoles once the next-generation arrives.

When asked if there was still life in the franchise O’Connor replied, “In some ways there’s no doubt whatsoever. Obviously, technology and the landscape will change, but the need for those stories and those characters and that universe and those discrete game play experiences, I don’t see it going away anytime soon.”

Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross added, “I’m being a bit presumptuous here but when you think about sci-fi universes or fantasy universes I think that — I hope and I believe — we have some of the same DNA you do with “Star Wars,” with “Lord of the Rings,” with “Harry Potter,” and that we have a universe in which you could tell hundreds of stories. It’s our job to make sure that each story is deliberate and good but I feel like there’s room – it’s a large universe; there are lots of stories to be told.”

The question was also raised about over selling the franchise by putting out too many games, however O’Connor doesn’t see this as an issue. “Bonnie just compared it to things like “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings.” The mainline activity for those things is the movies, right, and I think that the connected tissue – things like the books and comic books and spinout franchise elements of those universes don’t actually harm the core pillars as long as you keep making good movies and an appropriate number of those movies with a correct cadence. I think that franchise is then supporting that franchise as those things, even as those things support that franchise,” he explained. “If we think about games as our mainline activity, we wouldn’t even have the capacity to overdo the number of games it would take to swamp our faithful users and players.”

“But you also have to make sure – just like those other franchises – you have to make sure that each of your big beats is successively better or more meaningful than the last. And if you can control that quality and if you can control that arc then I don’t think there’s much danger of saturation, especially when you have two or three years between big beats,” he concluded.

So it appears that work is currently on going to bring the next entry into the Halo franchise to the next-generation xbox, and by the sounds of it 343 is hoping to carry the series on for a good many years.

Would you like to see the next entry released on next-generation consoles? Has this gen given everything it has to give? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Seattle Times

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