There are a lot of things 343 Industries is trying to do differently with Halo 5: Guardians and among them is deliver a unique narrative that hasn’t been seen before. Adding co-op elements will certainly change up the campaign’s gameplay formula, but specifically for the story 343 wants to tell, delivering new perspectives of emotion was key for them.
343 Industries laid out where the series is headed going into Halo 5 and how they want to move this next installment forward. “When we set out to tell the story of Halo 5: Guardians, we were continuing the Master Chief’s saga. At the end of Halo 4 we left the Chief in a state of contemplation. He had lost his closest companion in Cortana and was finally being forced to consider his place in this new world.
“For the first time since he was trained as a Spartan, John began to really consider what it meant to be not just a soldier, but also a human. In Halo 5 we wanted to examine the Chief more closely and doing so meant applying a different emotional perspective, for both the character and the player,” 343 Industries wrote.
With franchises that have been around as long as Halo has, continuing to find new ways to tell stories and connect players with the characters that make them what they are is important. Halo has always been known for its exceptional single-player experience and it’ll be interesting to see how this evolves with Halo 5.
One of the ways 343 Industries can effectively shake up the Halo formula is by bringing new characters into the fold. 343 described their desire to widen the breadth of characters in Halo 5’s narrative, and how it was a necessary move in order to make Halo 5’s co-op what it is.
“To support our ambitions for co-operative campaign, we need four Spartans to be present and available for play at all times. Having a consistent set of teammates allows for seamless drop-in/drop-out co-op, it lets us maintain consistent game mechanics between solo and co-operative play and it expands our opportunities for storytelling as the characters interact with one another and their surroundings.
“Depending on which team member you are controlling at any given time, your perspective on the story may shift as you experience slight contextual differences in dialogue. It’s a subtle thing and the core of the story always remains the same, but it’s something we hope will be appreciated by fans and add to the replay value of the co-op campaign,” 343 wrote.
Single-player is part of the reason why fans have loved and supported the series over the years, so we look forward to seeing how Halo’s story shapes up. The next chapter in this expansive universe will be launched on Xbox One this coming Oct. 27.