Franchise director Frank O'Connor says development on upcoming sci-fi shooter is finished, game now headed to Microsoft certification.
New Halo developer 343 Industries has completed its first original Halo game. Halo franchise director Frank O'Connor said today during a press event in London (attended by Videogamer) that development on Halo 4 has been completed ahead of the game's launch exclusively on Xbox 360 November 6.
"We had a big piece of news yesterday back in the office, which is that the game is literally finished at this point," he said. "They are handing it off through the various certification processes and that, and we're done. It's been three years of incredibly hard work by about 300 people."
At a North America press event two weeks ago, O'Connor said Halo 4 was 99 percent complete, adding that the team was cleaning out the game's remaining bugs.
At least two more core installments--Halo 5 and Halo 6--will follow as part of the new Reclaimer Trilogy. It is rumored that the next Halo game will arrive on a future Microsoft platform, as the company is openly hiring staffers to create next-generation visuals and infrastructure to "drive the future of Halo."
@Trickymaster Its the stupid microsoft certification. Its a requirement since microsoft is involved. The same happens with all other games on xbox. (notably minecraft where the devs tweet when it goes into microsoft cert and it stays there for some weeks)
@-KyoKi- Certification takes a long time, people don't understand how long post production takes. Certification is one of the reasons we get first day DLC from some companies, they finish the game then have 2 months of nothing to do so they work on DLC. Not that I am defending the practice, just giving it the reason (well, money, too).
@The_Dragon_Born Well, the first one was good, 2nd ok, 3rd good. I'm going to leave Reach out of this coming analogy. Star Trek Movies were even numbers good, odd numbers bad. Hopefully Halo doesn't reverse that and have all even number editions not be good.
@shadow_Metroid Bungie knew Reach was to be their last game. Maybe the ink wasn't on paper, but 343 was already tasked to take the helm of the franchise. Basically, everyone knew what was up -- it just wasn't official, yet.
Halo 4 has been in production ever since Halo 3 ODST was finished. Also, Mircosoft is the one that ownes the rights to Halo's IP ever since they bought Bungie. Now that Bungie broke off, Microsoft still retained the IP and handed it over the 343 Industry
I think its because they know how big the halo fan base is. They don't want to screw this up because it is their first full halo game that they have created. They have some pretty big shoes to fill after bungie handed them the torch.
Of course it is. Bungie created the "Halo Engine" and carried most of the load this gen for 343's first solo game, Halo 4. It will be good, but it may be forgettable after a few months or not depending on 343.
@ChiefReaver Maybe that's so, but Bungie was a tried and tested developer we can look back on. 343 is completely new and this is their first solo effort. I can't assume their first solo game out of the gate is going to be amazing...we can only hope.
I look at other franchises that got new devs from Silent Hill to Castlevania to COD...it's hard to predict what can happen. I'm just saying it's possible this game will be merely good, and the followup, Halo 4 ODST or Halo 5 will end up being THE REAL 343 experience.
We'll also probably see headlines like :
"Halo 4 was our first game, we were still learning"
"Halo 5 is the definitive 343 experience, watch out"
"Everything we learned in Halo 4, we solved in Halo 5"
I've seen it too many times for too many franchises over the years.
Treyarch sucked with COD3 but now they are doing fine by COD9 : BO2. Sometimes devs just need time. Othertimes they step up right out of the gate. We'll see.
It's all good bro, it's for effect. I learned it a long time ago in college. In comments, sometimes people with short attention spans need a marker to read to, helps get to the next point. When people scroll, they also notice the words.
I think you already may know this, but if not there you go. This is completely off the subject and there is more to my answer I won't go into here though.
Usually people ask me things like this if they don't like my points. Still, better to talk about this than see ad hominems w/vitriol flying around.
I'm worried that this Halo may merely be good instead of great as this is a new developer making a game. COD3 was horrible, but Treyarch made COD5 : W@W, and while not wonderful it was better...gradually they got better. I am just impressing upon people not to get too HYPED up because the other HALO games were made by Bungie.
People see HALO 4 in giant letters, they think back to their HALO memories provided by Bungie, they run in and plunge $60+ or more and expect AAA rated universally at metacritic to be an amazing experience. I'm just saying, it may be good, but let's not get worked up into a frenzy without at least considering this is a new team.