In the final Halo Bulletin Q&A session before the game launches next Tuesday, 343 Industries has revealed that some major new features could be headed to the game courtesy of future updates.
When asked about the option to use Theater Mode, the game’s filmmaking feature during the game’s campaign, the team stated that it was left out of the game due to time and technical constraints, but the feature may make it into the game sooner rather than later.
“Theater Mode in Campaign did not make the cut for launch for various reasons of scheduling, rendering issues and some significant engine changes,” the answer reads. “However, we are treating Title Updates very differently for Halo 4 and rather than simply using them as opportunities for simple big fixes, we are thinking of them as a way to sustain and grow features and options, so it is possible you could see Saved Films made available for Campaign (as well as some other significant features) at some time in the not-too-distant future, but that’s yet to be determined.”
The Q&A also touched on the issue of clan support, a feature which has been missing from the franchise since Halo 2.
“As we mentioned before, we plan to continue consistent and meaningful sustainment updates to improve and enhance player experience. Social constructs are something we too have missed since Halo 2, and we’re looking at interesting ways to improve those experiences in the not-too-distant future. I will be using that expression a lot. Get used to it.”
If and when these features make it into the game remains to be seen, but it’s comfortable to know that 343 intends to provide some major post-launch support for the game.