Frank O'Connor, Halo's Master Chief

Highlights from O'Connor's appearance on the GameSpot Comic-Con 2012 stage show.

343's Frank O'Connor joined us on our Comic-Con 2012 stage show to talk about all things Halo. Here are some of the most interesting quotes from that interview…

On the challenge of adapting Halo into a live-action web series

There's two halves to it. The first part isn't tricky. It's almost the opposite; it's this huge opportunity. In video games, you can do a little bit of human emotional storytelling but you have things like the Uncanny Valley and video game tropes that you're always fighting against. And there are exceptions to that, plenty of video games that do a good job on that--but they have to focus on that. We're an action game, a sandbox game. So this gave us an opportunity to tell stories about real people and put resonant emotional themes in there.

On what's changed in Halo 4 since E3

[We've made] really significant changes. When you're watching screens and footage you're going to see significant changes to the UI. We've made changes to the control setups. Lots of people were worried about bumper jumper--a control scheme in the game--and they don't need to worry about that. Medals have changed. The gameplay's just gotten smoother, and the actual performance has gotten smoother and better. [We've fixed] a few bugs there in the multiplayer build--there was an invincibility bug--so there will be lots changes for people who have played it, but for those who've just been watching video of it most of it's going to be surface-level stuff.

On making Halo 4 more accommodating to newcomers

"We're an action game, a sandbox game. So this gave us an opportunity to tell stories about real people and put resonant emotional themes in there"
In small ways, we'll do things with the UI to make it a little more approachable. But we're not going to change the nature of what this game is--it's a big sandbox action FPS with a very heavy sci-fi bent. We don't want to change that. That's the game. So the things that we do are very light touch just to make it more approachable, and half the time you're making it more approachable for people who never had a 360 before, or had played other games like Call of Duty or Medal of Honor and stuff like that. But we're not going to change the core of the game.

On introducing weapon loadouts to Halo multiplayer

Style and tuning are better adjectives than overhauling and radically changing. It's just about tuning to play [Halo] the way you play it. Even in a normal game, I'll typically go run and find a plasma pistol that nobody cares about, and now loadouts just sort of shorten that process a little bit. And it's playlist-dependent … It's a very subtle tuning addition, but it does make a difference. It makes you feel more in control of your persona and your style of play. And it hasn't stopped me being [beaten] 99% of the time so I wouldn't worry about it.

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16 comments
Trogeton
Trogeton

wow.. 3 days after my birthday perfect timeing

Mercadeo
Mercadeo

I Love xbox, I have xbox... But STOP making HALO games! Xbox just cant believe that every new console has to have a Halo Tittle... Halo is not to xbox like Mario or Zelda is to Nintendo, halo is just a blockbuster that just dont want to retire, next stop HALO POWER RANGERS GO! Kinect

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

When Frank O'Conner isn't working on Halo, he's flipping off gang bangers in The Shield. 

 

c0kemusheen
c0kemusheen

His Americanized Irish accent sounds cool. Sort of reminds me of a Mainer accent

danielcliment
danielcliment

master chief guy moves like the power rangers....

GOGOGOGURT
GOGOGOGURT

Will the SMG make a comeback?

 

Fav human weapon.

armedvigilante
armedvigilante

the girl from narnia stars in this? what in the world

ilikepandas
ilikepandas

Since 343 Studios obviously has more money than they know what to do with may I suggest that they use some of it to hire a dude whose sole job is to tell them when they have a dumb idea...such as putting out a live-action digital series that looks like Power Rangers?

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

 @ilikepandas Read up on 343. They're not just a game development studio. The intention from the start was to turn Halo into a multimedia franchise. 

 

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

 @ilikepandas 

 

 that most likely  was  not 343 idea... microsoft kinda started doing live trailers and stuff back in halo 3 followed to odst and reach now halo 4... but this be first time for them making a web series