Halo Studio Hiring for "New Project Line" -- What Are You Hoping For?

It sounds as if Microsoft could be preparing to launch a new Halo spin-off game or game series.

Update: A Microsoft spokeperson told GameSpot, "We're always looking for talented people to innovate now and in the future. We don't have any further comment on this or any other job posting."

Original Story: Microsoft has plans to expand the Halo series with a "new project line," according to information laid out in a new job posting found online (via NeoGAF). Exactly what this would entail is unclear, but the new hire would work as a publishing senior producer at Microsoft's dedicated Halo studio, 343 Industries, to "help develop a new project line in the Halo universe."

Further details in the posting suggest the producer would be working on games, not one of Halo's many other branches (which range from novels to comics to motorcycle helmets). It's said that the producer may work with both internal and external studios, suggesting 343 Industries might not be (at least entirely) responsible for the development of any games this new project line will consist of.

It seems possible this could be a spin-off game (or games) of some sort. Halo has seen spin-offs before, straying away from the Master Chief-starring games both inside the first-person-shooter genre (Halo 3: ODST and Halo Reach) and outside of it (Halo Wars, Halo: Spartan Assault).

Microsoft already has Halo shooters lined up for both this year (Halo: The Master Chief Collection, coming November 11) and next year (Halo 5: Guardians). Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has expressed interest in reviving Halo Wars in the past, although there's no indication from this posting that such a game is in the works.

Outside of that, Microsoft hasn't given much indication of what its future plans for the series are, though we do know that Halo 4 and Halo 5 are part of a Halo "saga" (rather than the Reclaimer Trilogy Microsoft had previously discussed). GameSpot has contacted Microsoft for comment regarding what this "new project line" is all about and will report back with any details we receive.

What do you think Microsoft and 343 have up their sleeves? What are you hoping it turns out to be? Let us know in the comments below.

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50 comments
dylandodds1
dylandodds1

Halo 3rd person game open world, friends can assist you on missions, raids or other massive multiplayer battles

CBTDesigner
CBTDesigner

I would hope for something entirely different, not just another iteration...

tommynj
tommynj

Open world rpg sounds like a good idea to me.

PranoyG
PranoyG

If it's a Halo RPG, I will preorder it right now!


And no, Destiny does not count....I want to fight the Covenant as an ODST trooper or vice versa.

jts1891
jts1891

A new IP would be great. 343 is pretty talented in the grand scheme of things, so I'd love to see them do something new and unique. And really, Microsoft needs a new AAA franchise if it really wants to stay in the game. Halo, Gears of War, and Forza are great, but MS has been coasting on them since half-way through last generation.

Xmus942
Xmus942

Open World game. Do it. 


Fallout Mechanics + Halo mechanics and Mythos = Seismic Earth Quake in my pants. 

oddjob117
oddjob117

Im personally hoping for a more survival oriented game where you dont play as a super soldier, but a normal marine

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

It might be a long shot but Halo Wars 2 perhaps?

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I'd like to see a squad based shooter but hey being a rainbow six fan these games are my fave so probably a stupid idea really.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Halo: Moooooooooooo.

That should be the name.

The 3 reactors are now destroyed...

levizawa
levizawa

To be honest throughout the halo series I played (1 - halo reach) I was always was wondering about the people that came before.The ones who built the halo's yes we know they are weapons to combat the flood but the details of how such a threat even came about could be interesting.

1:Who was The Grave Mind originally? a twisted experiment? 

2:Was he awakened? and how did the infection spread so easily?

3: Did the flood not only infect the people but also allow them to use their technology against them? and how did it all escalate to the point where they needed weapons to destroy their solar system?

4: With humans being shown as related to the ring builders (Halo 3 ) How did they manage to settle on earth?


I'm sure many of theses questions can already be guessed and answered but a game that gives a full account would definitely be great!!


So a "Halo: Descendants" game is what I would like to see.

Pewbert
Pewbert

I think it will be a free-to-play team based shooter based in the Microsoft Word universe.

KelpsterD
KelpsterD

I think it would be cool to do the story set as a Marine.. change the gameplay around a little bit. (I understand this would make Elite's harder, but story wise there weren't 10 Elites together, they'd just lead) 


If done well I think it would be really great :)

kingraven24
kingraven24

A sequel to Halo Wars would be excellent.  I found the RTS approach used in Halo Wars was excellent and it would be nice to see 343 continue the outliers of the main story arc in a completely different form for Halo.  I think an MMOFPS like Destiny would be excellent to work on as well.  That would, of course, take a few years to complete, but something that's based in the Halo universe but doesn't require Master Chief would be proper since Halo 5 and Halo 6 will feature him and there's so much to be experienced through the rich history of Halo. 

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Spartan Ops will probably be the spinoff. With the story they  now have a whole new generation of Spartans. So they don't have to be restricted to a single character.

unreal849
unreal849

They've already got games, books, comic books, internet series, and TV series in the works.... hard to imagine what else they're gonna try for.

grindcoreninja
grindcoreninja

@oddjob117

I agree, I've been hoping for a squad based fps with horror elements in which you play a marine, (horror as in you're out numbered out gunned and not as evolved) the novels make it very apparent that even grunts can quickly end a squad of marines,
I would love either that or a Battlefront style experience that would simulate the epic battles that take place in the books, either would make me happy, I'm tired of being the human tank end all solution that the Spartans are,
 

KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

@BlackBaldwin When Halo was first announced years ago it was a squad based shooter, it got axed for what became Halo. Strange all these years later you want what they decided against. 

rasterror
rasterror

Did you eat lead paint chips as a child?

jts1891
jts1891

@levizawa The Halo books answer pretty much all of these questions. They'd make a great prequel, much like Reach, but I doubt we'll see it until the forerunner arc meets it's end.

redskins26rocs
redskins26rocs

@KelpsterD  That game already exists it is called Halo 3 ODST

unreal849
unreal849

@spartanx169x  For some reason that made me think of the awful Scrubs: Interns spinoff season.

unreal849
unreal849

@sladakrobot  Ensemble is no more, and the original was widely criticized and undersold. I would not bet on it.

redskins26rocs
redskins26rocs

@unreal849 @sladakrobot

Halo Wars is the best selling console RTS (to my knowledge) and got pretty good reviews scores with a 82 on Metacritic. I would not call it a failure with no potential for a revival because that is quite the stretch

quicktim3
quicktim3

@unreal849 @sladakrobot well the halo wars poster was in the phantom dusts trailer. so a second one is probably in the works. 


but this is for a "New Project Line"  so I bet its something completely new. 

unreal849
unreal849

@spartanx169x @quicktim3 @unreal849  Seems like more a Gears product...


"Marcus Fenix's Manly Man Meat" jerky.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@unreal849 That would be great.They said once that if that is what gamers want,they would think about bringing it.