343 says it’s still making “halo,” despite layoffs and speculation

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343 released a condensed release pronunciation Reinforcing the idea that it’s still making Halo for Microsoft, after massive layoffs hit the company as part of a wider downsizing of 10,000 employees at the megacorp:

“Halo and Master Chief are here to stay. 343 Industries will continue to develop Halo now and into the future, including epic storytelling, multiplayer and more of what makes Halo great.”

The brief statement was intended to quell rumors that 343 would be pulled from Halo following these layoffs and general underperformance of Halo Infinite. And yet it almost raises more questions than it answers.

In the case of “epic stories,” it’s always been unclear what Halo’s next plans were for Master Chief, aside from a resource-burning Paramount Plus series. There were never any concrete plans for future Infinite story content starring Master Chief, nor any public information about a new main game continuing his story, other than vague rumors of something called Halo: The Endless, referring to the new enemy that will appear at the end. from Endless.

And on the multiplayer side, while it was assumed that 343 would continue to pump out live Halo seasons and forge updates, in fact the biggest upcoming development for multiplayer Halo is this mystery project that Sure Affinity is working on, a Halo of sorts. spin on a battle royale in a standalone F2P game. Something that… isn’t made by 343, even if it uses Infinite technology.

I guess one question I’d ask about this whole situation is if 343 continues to work on Halo indefinitely…why? They’ve been at it for a decade and between Halo 4, 5 and Infinite they’ve produced many deeply flawed entries, with Infinite being perhaps the most problematic of them all with its years of delay still failing to deliver coherent live play. It’s wild that what should be Microsoft’s flagship shooter franchise has consistently struggled to stay in the top 20 most played Xbox games at any given time.

Maybe things can change with a leadership change, but we still have almost no idea what’s to come, other than vague rumors, and the biggest, concrete thing we think we know that Certain Affinity’s BR game doesn’t even come from 343 itself. It’s a strange situation and I’m not sure if 343 here holding the keys to Halo for another ten years is the right move.

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