It’s one thing to have a hit franchise with millions of people jumping onto it from the start, but it is quite another to be able to evolve, push and grow it in future iterations. One thing that is always hard is to make a game that is better than a great original, but that is what Microsoft has done with Halo over the years.
Here we are in 2015 and Microsoft has continued to bring Halo forward with innovation and change. This coming October’s Halo 5: Guardians will yet again represent a fairly seismic shift for the franchise and hopefully it will mean positive growth for a series that’s been around as long as Xbox has.
Halo has been a franchise that we see fairly often, but it has never been a brand that gets shoved down our throats over and over. The pacing with which Microsoft has used for the Halo series has made sure it stays fresh. Xbox One boss Phil Spencer talked about what they know of the Halo franchise and what’s important for it moving forward.
“What we’re doing with our franchise and service ambitions with the Xbox and Xbox Live, having something that has the diversity of Halo and the characters and both the complexity but ease of game play is a unique asset for us. I want to make sure that we’re cultivating it and growing it the right way,” Spencer told GameSpot.
Different companies have different ways of utilizing their IP, and quite frankly, some are more suited for the yearly pattern of releases. It doesn’t seem like Microsoft has any intentions of bringing Halo into the annual fray of gaming, and if they did decide to do that, the industry would probably be better off just as it would without a yearly Halo.
Co-op games have become more and more prevalent as we’ve progress through this generation of gaming and Halo 5 will be embracing that side of gaming with open arms. Spencer talked about co-op games and how they really bring to life one of the most important aspects of this industry.
“I think gaming should be about having fun, and I think cooperative play is a great way of having fun when the game’s done the right way. I love seeing what they’re done in Halo, and I love, obviously, what they’ve done with Destiny in terms of really embracing that side of it,” Spencer said.
Change is coming to Halo’s campaign as co-op and multiple companion players will be the fix of Halo 5’s campaign. It’ll be interesting to see how this new blend comes together. Halo 5: Guardians launches on Oct. 27 exclusively for Xbox One.