Microsoft: We will "get back to what Halo is about" with Halo 4

It's been about four years since developer Bungie and publisher Microsoft released Halo 3 for the Xbox 360 console. Since then there have been two other games released in the Halo shooter series via Bungie but both told side stories in the game's universe (2009's stand alone expansion Halo 3: ODST and 2010's prequel Halo Reach). Now that Bungie has turned over the Halo franchise completely to Microsoft's in game studio -- 343 Industries -- Microsoft plans to go back to basics for the next game, the upcoming Halo 4.

The Official Xbox Magazine UK web site has a chat with Microsoft Games Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer on their plans for Halo 4 which was officially announced last month at E3 2011.  Of the the last two Bungie developed Halo games Spencer states, "We kind of lost our way a little bit, I'll say. And that's why I wanted to make sure that at the unveiling of Halo 4, you knew you were playing Master Chief, that John was back. Because Master Chief is the John Wayne character of that universe, and that's who you want to play."

He added that Microsoft big mandate for Halo 4 was, "Make it simple - it's not Halo-anything, it's Halo 4. You're not going to be confused about what it is. Halo 4, playing as Master Chief, beginning of a new trilogy." While he personally loved Halo Reach, he added that it was more accessible if you already were a fan of the Halo universe and back story and that players new to Halo might feel left out. Spencer states, "What we said was: 'let's get back to what Halo is about'"

In addition to Halo 4 in 2012, Microsoft will also release a graphical remake of the original Halo game in the fall of 2011.

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'Microsoft: We will "get back to what Halo is about" with Halo 4'
So what, you're going to hopefully cut it out completely?
Or just make it the same old quake ripoff crap?

n_K said,
Or just make it the same old quake ripoff crap?
That ... not one I've ever heard before. Damn those FPS developers, making FPS games. Wolfenstein 3D be damned.

the real 1 million dollar question

would they get back to developing PC version??????????????????????????????

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i don't know, it's like Bungie was to Halo as Rare was to Nintendo. Not that it is going to be a fail, but, there's something inside me which tells me that they may not be able to pull it off...

Jose_49 said,
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i don't know, it's like Bungie was to Halo as Rare was to Nintendo. Not that it is going to be a fail, but, there's something inside me which tells me that they may not be able to pull it off...

One of the key figures from Bungie Frankie O'Connor is now a part of 343 industries, I think they will do a pretty good jub. This is their crown jewel after all.

efjay said,

One of the key figures from Bungie Frankie O'Connor is now a part of 343 industries, I think they will do a pretty good jub. This is their crown jewel after all.


I hope so... I'm a die hard Halo fan since Halo 3... .

efjay said,

One of the key figures from Bungie Frankie O'Connor is now a part of 343 industries, I think they will do a pretty good jub. This is their crown jewel after all.

But where's Marty?

Gothic_Rebel said,
How are you a *die hard fan*. If you started at Halo 3?
He could be young, he could have just discovered it late? Halo 3 did come out 4 years ago.

Tech Star said,
They have said that about Halo Reach and look how that turned out.


A game that was fun to play?

Tech Star said,
They have said that about Halo Reach and look how that turned out.
Halo: Reach is great! If you're playing with some of your buddies, the fun will never end.

Tech Star said,
They have said that about Halo Reach and look how that turned out.

Ugh, reach was awesome? Not playing as Master Chief didn't make it any less of a great game...

Hmmm... I might give them a chance I guess. We'll see what they bring to the table. Actions speak louder than words.

shugli said,
How bout coming out with Halo 3 for the PC dammit!!

Amen. Had to sell my Xbox 360 sadly, would love if they released Halo 3, ODST and Reach on the PC (although the chances of that are slim) even if not those, all future versions for the PC would be nice.

Ninja Grinch said,

Amen. Had to sell my Xbox 360 sadly, would love if they released Halo 3, ODST and Reach on the PC (although the chances of that are slim) even if not those, all future versions for the PC would be nice.


they will soon enough . wait for windows 8 and i can guarantee that halo 4 will be part of the windows 8 launch for Xbox Live integration.. does it sound possible?

shugli said,
How bout coming out with Halo 3 for the PC dammit!!

Exactly.

Halo 4 also needs to be on PC.

Halo 3 will come out for the PC. Mark my word on that - I have reputable sources.

god exists. I have reputable sources.

See how easy that was done?

Lachlan said,

they will soon enough . wait for windows 8 and i can guarantee that halo 4 will be part of the windows 8 launch for Xbox Live integration.. does it sound possible?

I'd say it pretty damn does...

it would be awesome if it happens.