343 Industries hires pro gamer Eric Hewitt

He'll presumably be bringing his multiplayer expertise to the next Halo.

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343 Industries, the current developer of the Halo series, has hired pro gamer and longtime Halo supporter Eric Hewitt.

Longtime Halo fans might recognise Hewitt by his alias 'GH057ayame' and his time playing for Team Carbon. Hewitt also helped created the official competitive playlist for Halo 4.

Hewitt posted a picture of an airplane boarding pass to Seattle, where 343 Industries is based, over the weekend. He then later updated his profile to point to the developer's website.

When asked about what he hopes to bring to the series, Hewitt said "I personally aim to focus on bringing a sense of competitive experience and knowledge to the Halo franchise" in an interview on the Team Beyond website.

"We, as a community, were blessed with some of the best competitive titles in gaming history. And even though we had a phenomenal social community as well, my expertise is definitely located in the competitive side of the community. Thus, I would love to continue that tradition that Halo has already laid out in front of us!"

343 Industries has confirmed that the first-person Halo game it is currently developing for Xbox One will be released this year, but isn't yet prepared to officially say if the sequel to Halo 4 will be titled Halo 5.

Discussion

54 comments
themc_7
themc_7

wow lucky. It'd be nice to be so good at gaming that companies hired you for your "multiplayer expertise". Play the newest, best games and get payed for your advice.

john_matrix_007
john_matrix_007

His expertise consists entirely of yelling "LAG!" every time he dies.

DrKill09
DrKill09

There is no such thing as a "pro gamer"  Gaming is a hobby, not a sport.


Just say it like it is "343, a company nobody has ever heard of hires basement dweller" 

killatwill15
killatwill15

as long as the game is well balanced it is a good thing,

odst and reach soured me on the halo series,

halo 4 only bolstered those feelings of franchise fatigue,

they should delay halo 5 until 2015,

to really get people into anticipation mode

brockelley
brockelley

good they need it. Pro players know, simple games aren't always bad games. rock paper scissors is a fun way to play competitively. 

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

HEARD A RUMOUR while back that 343 is trying take the game back to glory halo 2/3 days. HOPE IT'S TRUE

andrewsan23
andrewsan23

I'll pick Halo 5 up for the campain a year later for cheap. They let multiplayer die after Halo 2's title update. Those were the days!

Halo 3 was still pretty good. Friendly fire, weapon control, and balance lead to great level design and tactics. Halo was a thinking man's game.

COD load outs, special abilities like jet packs, and promethian vision lead to poor level design. Which all made it feel less and less like Halo. The fact that every weapon was a power weapon didn't help much either

All for more sales. Which ultimately lead to fewer. I hope Battlefield, COD, and Titanfall smash Halo multiplayer forever, because the only way to make Halo great again is to make Halo!!

eternity888
eternity888

actually,HALO games is the only one that make me play a SP campaign,i used to go online in other games ( i probably play SP for 10 mins and then i go Online )

pszone
pszone

Next halo game will not have no single player .   Seems next game might be all multiplayer.

Some fans might not be happy about that.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Hmm this may be good. Hopefully this guys gets them to bring back the old ranking system. 

ixSasquatchxx
ixSasquatchxx

Take halo back to the bare bones. No more armor abilities and take away sprinting.  I miss the halo 2 and 3 game play where everyone moved at the same speed and you had to pick up powerups such as invisibility and over shield.  Also get rid of reticle bloom and the dmrs. 

andfx8
andfx8

I've loved Halo multiplayer since Halo CE. The progression of the multilayer modes between each game have seemed fine to me. I personally love large scale games (Big Team) and objective gametypes (bring back Assault!). I hope Halo does not stray from these... 

Barighm
Barighm

Halo has always been about close range combat on smaller maps, and big maps are supposed to be about using the best vehicle design in the industry (and don't anyone tell me Battlefield's was better; HECK no!). In my opinion, there should be NO medium range weapons whatsoever save for the Battle Rifle (the spread makes it more like short to medium range), the only long range weapons should be the high skill weapons a la Halo 3 when it was actually difficult to score a headshot (unlike 4 where the reticle could actually be off my target and I still score a headshot), and everything should be about getting players fighting eachother as quickly as possible in the most imaginative ways possible on maps designed to be versatile. No more of these open, sight-line maps designed purely for "shoot face to win" gameplay. There is a reason Reach's population is often equal or better than 4's population.


I used to play 4 just for the return of the vehicle maps after their disgusting appearance in Reach (worst vehicle maps in the franchise), but the last time I played I saw most vehicles have been removed from those maps save for basic Warthogs. Oh, well...doesn't matter to me anymore. If the Halo 2 remake comes with a reimplemented multiplayer mode I will be very happy, but it's likely it won't, maybe just a few Halo 4 maps, and that will just be more reinforcement of my defection to Sony. Planetside 2 looks cool, and Titanfall is available for 360.

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

Good news for fans of old school Halo.

omar_q
omar_q

I hope this guy tells them to make Halo 5 more like the original trilogy, none of that armor permutations and loadout garbage from Halo Reach/Halo 4.

jack00
jack00

Heh, "pro" gamer... on a console with a controller for an FPS... -face palm-

meatz666
meatz666

Call me when they hire Fatality

thomasn7
thomasn7

Good for him. Now give us some Halo 5 gameplay! :D

jttwister9
jttwister9

He needs to tell them to bring back clan matches from halo 2 and the old ranking system the new was stupid and less dmrs in the game 

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

It's a mystery to me how Halo 4's multiplayer lost momentum. It did for me as well: it's very fun, I can still pick up and play it, but I'm no longer driven, no longer hungry to play Halo 4 multiplayer. And I got to level 50-something.

...I'll still buy Halo 5 though. Story of H4 was quite evocative. Maybe if Eric Hewitt can give the series some teeth, its multiplayer will be a good complement to TitanFall and Destiny.

themc_7
themc_7

@DrKill09 a company nobody's has ever heard of? Have you heard of Halo Reach, Combat Evolved Anniversary or Halo 4? 343 made them. A large number of their staff is from Bungie (which made all the other halo games)

DrKill09
DrKill09

@perceptive_yoda Work?  WHAT WORK?  He's a loser.


I do REAL work.

Cronyk
Cronyk

@pszone "not have no" single player. Double negative done fooled u all. Hes clearly saying it WILL have single player.

KingSardine
KingSardine

@pszone What? It will have single player, like always. are you thinking of Titanfall? because that game does not have single player. 

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

@omar_qArmor permutations don't affect gameplay. They are solely cosmetic enhancements.

Barighm
Barighm

@omar_qAlas, if this guy was partly responsible for 4's playlists, then you can reasonably assume he is trying to make the game MORE like CoD.

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

@omar_q Preach my brother. Lets try to be less like COD and get rid of the crappy Kill Streaks, and 'Armor ability's" and go back to how 3 played!

crazeon
crazeon

@jack00Yeah, a modern day controller pales in comparison to the decades old technology combo of the mouse and keyboard. Get over your PC elitism.

Barighm
Barighm

@jack00 Yes, not being able to just "click head to win" and actually have to make an effort to keep the aiming reticle on your target IS more skillful.

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@jack00 face palm the $100,000 his team won in 2006 in one single tournament.

themc_7
themc_7

@EasyComeEasyGo I'm not sure what it was, but yeah I just stop caring. I never hooked into it like all the other halos.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@brockelley@k2theswiss Halo 1 was a budget title with a big publisher.  I still to this day don't understand the hype.


The XBox1 had FAR better FPS games on it.

themc_7
themc_7

@DrKill09 I've never heard of you. Do you get paid to play games? Between you and him....I'd have to say you're the loser. Think about it. Do you really love your 9-5 job? or would you rather get paid to play games?

KingSardine
KingSardine

@Barighm He's not responsible for making Halo 4's playlist. If you would've read the article correctly, you would've seen that it said he helped with the COMPETETIVE playlist (aka Team Throwdown). So he actually did the opposite of making it like cod.