In terms of Halo lately it hasn’t been great. There is the Call of Duty factor and then there is the biggie, the new 343 Industries aspect also. I think the latter is the biggie in where the Halo franchise ends up.
The buzz around Halo Reach didn’t last long. I’ve seen the Halo franchise as slipping lately. I’m actually quite nervous about 343 Industries taking it over. When there is a change of management in any organization, this can really, and I mean really go from bad to worse. In the case of Halo 4, how do we know what they like or didn’t like about the Bungie Halo games? It’s really a subjective things which is part of the problem.
The Halo franchise has had the backing of the pro gaming community. That’s a steady and mandatory aspect for longevity and success. If the new Halo 4 multiplayer loses some of its professional and rock solid gameplay, things could be really bleak.
Having said this, with Halo Reach peaking and leveling off so quickly, perhaps now is the best time for this Bungie 343 Industries changeover. The lull in the Halo interest may be the key time for this to happen. I’m just hoping that they aren’ t brainwashed by the Call of Duty model of multiplayer and the the core, and I mean core gameplay mechanics are not ripped up or substantially modified.
No pressure 343 Industries, but get it right or we could see the entire Halo franchise taking a backseat if you get it wrong. Does anyone else feel my same anxiety about Halo 4 or am I overthinking this?