Halo boss on insider leaks -- "It's annoying"

Leaks are not only problematic for developers, but also fans, Frank O'Connor says.

When details about in-development projects leak out ahead of schedule, it's a headache not only for developers and publishers, but also fans, Halo franchise director Frank O'Connor says. In a post on NeoGAF (via MP1ST), O'Connor did not hold back when addressing leakers.

"Breaking embargoes is not prophesy. Nor does it require any particular skill or insight. Ultimately [leakers are] taking or being given information and leaking it, illegally and often erroneously," O'Connor said. "People, including nice people with kids and families and stuff, work super hard on this stuff and wake up in the morning to find some of their effort blown up."

"It's not fun, and for what? So you can have a mildly interesting surprise 8 hours early and lacking context? Or get hyped or disappointed disproportionately? Or get someone fired or someone innocent yelled at? Ok. But it isn't prophecy, nor ultimately even important. It's annoying," he added.

O'Connor's comments come just days after an Xbox One bundle called the Halo: Master Chief Edition was revealed. Microsoft has not commented on this bundle, which will reportedly include remastered versions of Halo 1-4. In addition, an anonymous NeoGAF poster in January claimed that Halo 5 would be released in 2015, and that Microsoft would offer a special Titanfall Xbox One bundle and a $399 Xbox One model in 2014. All of these rumors have since proven to be accurate.

On Friday, Microsoft officially announced Halo 5: Guardians for 2015, but teased that the start of your "journey" will begin in 2014. Microsoft is expected to make more Halo-related announcements at E3 2014 next month.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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87 comments
dmdavenport
dmdavenport

If it wasn't for leaks, Eddie wouldn't have a job.

RevLux
RevLux

They don't want news of upcoming bundles to get out because it may cause people who were about to buy their console to just wait. If it turns out the bundle wasn't even a real thing, or gets changed or canceled, then it may even cause those would be consumers to abandon your product altogether. So I see why leaking something like that would be bad for them.

slappy54
slappy54

what a whiny little bitch

jb34304
jb34304

Well Gamespot will publish a leak even if it is 8 hours before the press release.


1st amendment:Freedom of the press. Welcome to America :/

voreo
voreo

well titles being announced / leaked is one thing.
Its when footage is leaked that its really aggravating imo.

Just because your title ideas or plans are leaked, really only gets peoples hopes up if its not true obviously people will be dissapointed.
But i still consider this a rumor although the fact they commented on this leak...makes me wonder

Necrotron
Necrotron

While it's certainly interesting and refreshing to see companies like Double Fine supporting open development (e.g. developing games with an open forum and regular updates to fans via livestreams on their progress), we still live in an age where games are big business, and marketing plays a key role in achieving critical success.


Still, I have to wonder how big of an impact knowing an HD version of Halo was coming to next gen platforms has really had?  Especially considering when the vast majority of the public will remain largely ignorant until a big enough press splash/advertising hit has arrived to reach their demographic.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

I agree with the guy.  What do these leaks serve, other than to give Eddie Makuch articles to spin into fact, only for tons of people to get let down when it turns out not to be true?  To ruin marketing/hype campaigns?  Sometimes even to spoil plot/story elements?  To put developers on the spot with questions about things that just weren't ready to go yet?  There's nothing good that comes from leaks like this.

THAT SAID, it's not the media's fault.  The gaming industry is clearly in a crisis of integrity at the moment.  You don't hear about these rampant leaks nearly as often outside of gaming, and I think it's because there's not enough background scanning, not enough training, and more importantly, not enough enforcement of policy.  People need to be found out by whatever means, and fired when they're discovered, possibly sued for breach of contract.

cctv100
cctv100

Media like Gamespot played a big part in this.lol

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

i never really watch content from games im about to play and trailers cant be trusted. I dont like the experience being ruined for me before i play it.


i dont want to see a bit in a game and think..oh thats that bit in the trailer. I want to think..WOW, never saw that coming, or WOW , thats cool.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Well why holding information back at all then? Fans want news and they want it asap. No wonder leakers are around if companies keep the lying around without publishing them just because they want to get the moment with maximum press coverage

Master_Of_Fools
Master_Of_Fools

Normally I agree, but Halo 1-4 is hardly anything to get excited about, Xbox fans already have Halo 1-4 lol.

Lucent85GS
Lucent85GS

It'd be dumb to fire someone over a leaked announcement. "You spoiled one day of surprise! You are now fired and your life may now be ruined for much more than a day! OMG!" Chill. 

xhawk27
xhawk27

Leakers are Scum. They ruin it for everybody. 


Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

Those stupid fans! I hate them! I want to kick 'em in the nuts!

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

"People, including nice people with kids and families and stuff, work super hard on this stuff and wake up in the morning to find some of their effort blown up."

What is he, a politician?  Maybe there should be a scarlet S for single people so everyone knows who doesn't matter, or at least doesn't matter as much as breeders. Or maybe he means all nice people have "kids and families and stuff".  Jeez, it's like a line from Mad Men.

DrKill09
DrKill09

No, HALO is annoying.  Kids on XBLive are annoying.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Also slightly relevant for those who don't know, they denied entry to E3 as a press outlet for NeoGAF which, from what I hear, has quite a few members up in arms about it considering they did supposedly get in the last few times. These guys sure grew quite the reputation.


Freedomination
Freedomination

Halo bosses sounds like wimps. You would never hear Bowser complain about stuff like that

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Leaks are good publicity for a game.  Of course you'd have to be a fool to believe them, and a hack journalist to write an article about them.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

although i dont see how it could seriously hurt fans but i can see how it could hurt the people in charge of producing the games

DarkReign2022
DarkReign2022

Umm... I don't know if I would really call any of this a leak. I'd say its pretty obvious. I've known since E3 '13 that Halo 5 would be a 2015 launch. Primary Halo titles get 3-year development periods. Even though they've insisted Halo will be coming out this year, it's obvious what that is. Halo 2 Anniversary is highly demanded and a quick and easy way to turn a profit on a console still lacking in killer apps (must-own game for you nooblets.)  Same goes for the Halo compilation. Halo is MS's money maker so re-releasing on the Xbox One is a no-brainer.


If you want a real leak, lets get a confirmation on whether or not the compilation pack will include the original Halo 2 or the updated Anniversary edition.

Chatch09
Chatch09

Its really not that serious....

cboye18
cboye18

Never liked this franchise; it feels like a half-assed sci-fi game. Either you go full Starwars sci-fi or don't do sci-fi at all.

McGregor
McGregor

I disagree with this guy. I think leaks generate more buzz for the games...Which is why many studios do it on purpose.

Llama345
Llama345

I think the term leaked is much over used by the media. A thought out release of information is not a leak, even though an article you click on might say, 'New screen shots and comments from dev leaked'.   True leaks are a slight on your employer (even though sometimes it is exciting for me, the consumer) and don't develop a great environment to work in. 

Mr_Mark_Legion
Mr_Mark_Legion

the boss in the halo game commented on insider leaks?

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@nyran125tk Yeah, I try not to get too tempted into over-following some new game that I'm interested--or if I do indulge, I try to be VERY selective as possible as to the information I look into. If I even get the hint something might be spoiled for me I'll avoid it like the plague.

voreo
voreo

@Lucent85GS  There is often Non Disclosure Agreements as well to consider. Leaking would be stupid as you could not only get fired, but sued as well.

Darth_Starwind
Darth_Starwind

@Lucent85GS How is that dumb? You ask them or even order them not release any info and then they turn around and do it. Even if the act is not considered to be a big deal by some. it still a  is a big deal overall. You can't trust them. It's also a smack to the boss' authority. Try ignoring your boss sometime and see how that works.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@xhawk27  yeah and just think, gamespot encourages it by posting it on their site.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

@Tribesmaster He gets sick of fighting and assumes a new identity.  Coming to Food Network this fall: Master Chef.

RevLux
RevLux

@KimCheeWarriorX  If the information turns out to be false or even just out of context it could anger fans. It might even get fans excited for something only to find out it wasn't true. Of course it mostly hurts the people in charge.

kujel
kujel

@cboye18 StarWars really isn't sci-fi it's fantasy, the magic and swords are a dead give away.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@cboye18 Did you ever actually play the game? And Also did you actually play the first one when it first came out before people started hating on it?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Unless they're untrue. What if the 4 Halos don't come out? MS will look like the bad guy over a rumor that came from thin air.

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

@KimCheeWarriorX @cboye18  what are you talking about kim no one cared about anything you said it was because that guy said he didnt like halo because it wasnt like star wars 

Shadowcreeper31
Shadowcreeper31

@kujel @cboye18  Fantasy is unexplainable magic and creatures. Sci-fi attempts to explain and is extrapolated off of technology; which Star Wars does. There is still 'fiction' in science fiction.

cboye18
cboye18

I played only the first game long ago. I don't see the praise. I thoroughly enjoyed starwars battlefront much more.

cboye18
cboye18

I don't need to if it's boring. I'd rather have starwars universe as it's much more diverse and takes itself less serious, which fits better for a game.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@ChiefReaver @Llama345While 'yes' that's generally true, I think what Llama345 is getting at is still true in the sense that you're never really sure now what's really a genuine leak and one 'doctored' by those involved to make it look as though it were 'leaked'--when in reality, it can oftentimes be a well-thought ploy to purposely generating more attention to game(s).


Personally, I do think the term 'leaked' is rather overused to point when you hear it dropped in various artivles in various gaming outlets, it's hard really to tell what's an actual leak that someone let slip by mistake and ones people intentionally drop that masked to look as though the info was 'leaked'.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@KimCheeWarriorX @spartanx169x @cboye18 Halo is just like Mass Effect or Star wars or Star Trek. they have one thing  in common. They all became more than just a story. They became entire universes.  Its ok if you don't like one or the other or none. I just don't see the point of criticizing  one just because  you like another one more.  when obviously Each of them have huge fanbases.