Halo team staffing up for 'incubation projects'

343 Industries seeking senior game designer to lead creative vision for mystery projects, as well as "other AAA Halo experiences."

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Microsoft may be trying something new with its Halo franchise. A recent job advertisement at 343 Industries calls for a senior game designer to join the franchise creative team and "lead the creative vision for incubation projects" at the studio.

Additionally, a successful candidate will contribute to "other AAA Halo experiences spanning across the breadth of the studio." None of these endeavors were detailed with any greater specificity.

A Microsoft representative was not immediately available for comment.

Microsoft has previously confirmed Halo 5 and Halo 6 by way of announcing the Reclaimer Trilogy, but no other game projects at the company have been revealed. 343 Industries was established in 2009 as an outfit that oversees all Halo-related products. This includes games, comics, clothing, novels, and other forms of products and content.

Discussion

92 comments
tgwolf
tgwolf

...Okay, for the last time...HALO IS NOT a AAA title!

joel0903
joel0903

If they don't get a slayer ffa playlist in Halo 4 right away (30 days at the way, way, way outside), they can kiss 5 and 6 goodbye.  Fans won't forget how they got screwed on Halo 4.  30 days out is probably too long, especially with Black Ops 2 out this month.  Talking to the local game stop, people are already returning their HALO 4 games.

imhuntad
imhuntad

I'd love to see more out of Halo. Halo Wars was a cool game, and It'd be neat to see different styles in the universe.

wexorian
wexorian

why i got feeling when i Read mysterious project that i t mean MMO RPG or Kinnect dance game? :D

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

Not sure why ppl come on here to talk about H4 ending!!!

y3ivan
y3ivan

Crimson Skies Crimson Skies Crimson Skies Crimson Skies pls

kai_311
kai_311

They should do a shoot em up game or air combat type of game, the last level in halo 4 where you fly, shoot and dodge obstacles was really fun. They could also make a mech game too. They already have the engine and controls done.

GPRx3
GPRx3

I just want to know what will happen to Master Chief now that Cortana has gone... Brilliant but sad ending. Who will be the new AI? You need it to balance against the stoicity of Master Chief. Who is really the machine..?

steelmouth
steelmouth

i would be very dissapointed with 343 if the only game they will ever do is halo

 

Here is to hoping one of those mystery projects is brand new IP, and it would be awesome if it olso happen to be AAA

Flint247
Flint247

I wouldn't mind a Halo 2 remake. That's the only Halo I haven't played.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

343 has shown they are well up to the challenge of making a Halo game with Halo 4. It will be real interesting to see what they craft on Microsoft's next console.

GOGOGOGURT
GOGOGOGURT

There should be a story where you play as a sanghelii fighting brutes on sanghelios.

 

Or something like that.

GOGOGOGURT
GOGOGOGURT

Does this mean spin-offs?  I don't like spin-offs.

 

ESPECIALLY for Halo.  It just makes the books less unique.

LoG-Sacrament
LoG-Sacrament

Hopefully this means 343 isn't going to simply be a Halo factory anymore. I'm sure it's steady work, but it has to be boring working on the same over and over.

StateOfGrace
StateOfGrace

Halo 4 has bad graphics. Idk why people are saying it's so good....Black Ops II has way better graphics. 

bmart970
bmart970

 @tgwolf Well, it was Microsoft's most expensive game ever, so it is most definitely AAA.

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

 @joel0903 Pretty much every single person I have talked to says it's the best Halo game ever made. I'm sorry, but I think you are alone on this. 

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

 @GPRx3 more than likely they'll give a new A.I. to him. In fact it might even be a clone of Cortana. Remember there is that one line she says in the game, "Chief it wont be me. CHIEF... IT WONT BE ME!" something along those lines. I'm guessing they give him another version of Cortana.

Later on I suspect Master Chief will run into the real Cortana, seeing as to how she kept splicing her self into pieces. She'll merge with the new cloned Cortana... something along those lines... thats me guessing. She might actually be dead, and thats the end of her... but one thing is for sure... we'll see some version of Cortana later on.

ruudboy5
ruudboy5

 @steelmouth I agree but from a Halo fan's point of view I would want them to finish this new trilogy first and make it an excellent story.

LE5LO
LE5LO

 @steelmouth I'll emphasize a mutual feeling with capitals

(to convey passion): DEAR 343,

STEELMOUTH AND I WILL BE VERY DISAPPOINTED IF YOU KEEP MAKING HALO SEQUELS AND NOTHING ELSE, SO FOR THE LOVE OF HARD TO PLEASE PEOPLE LIKE US SHOW SOME ORIGINALITY IN THE FUTURE OF GAME DESIGN AND SURPRISE US LIKE BUNGIE DID WITH HALO: CE OVER 10 YEARS AGO, BUT WITH SOMETHING THAT IS YOUR UNIVERSE AND TECHNOLOGY!!! THANK-YOU DEARLY, THE GRAPHICS IN HALO 4 WERE AMAZING. THAT IS ALL.

GPRx3
GPRx3

@steelmouth 343 was set up specifically to be THE Halo studio.

GPRx3
GPRx3

@Flint247 I Think that is what will be next.

LE5LO
LE5LO

 @Flint247 If they do a HD port I'd really like to see them tinker with the end of game boss fight, it really sucked ass for an FPS ending (almost as much as Id's RAGE) Otherwise count me out.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

 @GOGOGOGURT hahaha, you can always tell when someone has been reading the Halo books when they call Elites "Sangelii" - I piss off my friends all the time in co-op/spartan ops when I say stuff like "4 kig-yar on the bridge!"

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

 @GOGOGOGURT I disagree- i think there could be a whole line of ODST games looking at other parts of the wars (ANY of them- an Innies vs. UNSC human on human game would be pretty interesting) - I think it would be particularly cool if the ODST games moved further away from Halo gameplay and had sort of a Gears of War-meets-squad-shooter style. Think of how awesome Ghost Recon Future soldier would have been if it were ODSTs fighting Innies in the colonies before the covenant war. It would be REALLY cool if the last level was Harvest during the first covenant invasion and was WAY harder than the rest of the game. 

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @LoG-Sacrament That's why Bungie left to do other work besides Halo. It's hard on artists to have to create one thing over and over, despite if it pays the bills.

 

343 just started so they have their factory years just starting ahead of them.

GPRx3
GPRx3

@StateOfGrace And somewhere, a fanboy rises to the bait...

steelmouth
steelmouth

 @StateOfGrace yes we like to say Halo4 looks better but deep down we all know that BO is way way way better

ever06
ever06

 @StateOfGrace Bad graphics where man where because I haven't seen it yet. That tv is displaying your games wrong because a game like dishonored has bad graphics darksiders 2 has bad graphics and outdated. But that's THQ for ya they have yet to evolve in there games like Rockstar etc..

GOGOGOGURT
GOGOGOGURT

 @StateOfGrace HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHHAHHAHAKJKAJSDKHDKAJSFJHFJAKFKHAKJLASDHDSAKAKJSDHASJKLDHASJDH

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

 @StateOfGrace Should I just hand over my account to you. Send me a message if you want the password.

jayjay444
jayjay444

 @StateOfGrace lol are u serious? u are as well lol ok halo 2 had better graphics than cod and ps2 black had better graphics than shit ops. theres no way black ops is better graphics than halo 4, halo 4 is possible the best graphics on xbox your mad lol. 

joel0903
joel0903

 @SythisTaru  @joel0903 The point is that no matter how good the graphics are, or the campaign is, by far more people play the Halo franchise for Rumble Pit than any other reason.  Ignoring the most popular part of the game - which came out 2 weeks before another very popular franchise will 1- hurt sales as potential customer's attention turns to Black Ops II and 2 - cause those customers to remember how ass-backwards the role-out was when it comes time to purchase the next Halo.  Those people who bought Halo 4 and then have to wait and wait to play their favorite game types, some to the point where they'll be playing BOII instead (and instead of urging their gamer friends to hurry out and buy Halo 4) will remember this when the time comes to purchase Halo 5 - which will raise the bar that much higher for that game.  It was a stupid marketing move - there's no getting around that.  The most popular part of Halo games is Rumble Pit.  That is why most people want to play Halo.  It should have been available on launch day.  The rumors on the 720, and the leaks all indicate a launch next fall.  Which means that Halo 4 will be the last release for the current console.  The new console roll-out and a new Halo game for the 720 could encourage buyers to buy the game - but, if we factor in that there is likely to be a minimum of a year (and possibly two) between the 720 debut and the release of Halo 5, what customers are more likely to think about is 'man, they messed up Halo 4's launch.. didn't even have slayer playlists' is going to lead to problems with sales - particularly if that thought is followed by 'Black Ops III comes out next week'.

 

Or, simply look at it this way - which is more likely to interest more gamers/purchasers and keep them interested:  FFA Slayer or Flood?

ruudboy5
ruudboy5

 @Hellhound30x  @GPRx3 I actually loved that character so much and the ending was so brilliant that if they give you a Cortana clone in Halo 5 I'll be seriously pissed off (unless it's very carefully used as part of the story). I know Microsoft can be cheap but surely 343 wouldn't do something so lame?.. If they are brave and leave Cortana gone and have Chief mourn her I think Halos 5 & 6 could be very special.

LE5LO
LE5LO

 @Hellhound30x  @GPRx3 Alternatively, DLC as Cortana's old memory banks uploaded to USMC just after rampancy so "it's like she never left" - Only 5000ms points or 2000 when you pre-order the Gamestop Exclusive "Reclaimer" edition for US$200+

:D

Give me a rope so I can hang myself now, I hate where this now elitist industry is going thanks to the likes of marketing and corporate greed, etc.

 

Microsoft and Sony need to bring back the feeling of the days before console internet connectivity and discard DLC and season passes if they want to make more sales, and Microsoft need to make Xbox Live free and I'll actually use it for once in my life. Sorry for the rant.

ArcGuard
ArcGuard

 @GPRx3  @steelmouth I don't understand why people don't get this. Microsoft made them, literally, to oversee the Halo project. They have plenty of other studios for new IPs.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@LE5LO@Flint247

 I disagree - i say keep it all as-is under the hood just like the Halo CE:A remake from last year. That way people can play the game as a piece of history AND as another shiny new Halo game with pretty graphics. Also Halo 2 had the HARDEST Legendary campaign of them all, so it'd be cool for new players to claim bragging rights on the remake (as with Halo CE:A )

And let's face it, the real "ending" of Halo 2... was Halo 3. 

 

I'm totally on board for a Halo 2 HD edition for 360 to tide us over on the wait to Halo 5. Especially if they update some of the old maps into Halo 4 the way they did with CE:A and Reach last year.  Also that would mean that Halo 1-4 (plus ODST, Reach and Wars) would all be playable in 16:9 HD on 360. As it stands now, if you want to do a "Halo-fest" you have to bust out an original xbox copy of 2 to play ONE game in SD... which kind of blows. 

 

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

 @GOGOGOGURT even from a narrative perspective it would be really cool to explore that area of the fiction - the "freedom or anarchy?" of the Innies vs. the "civilization or dictatorship?" of the UNSC would ask some really cool questions to gamers who DON'T read the books and think that Halo is a  "man vs. alien" lore with no depth. You and I (clearly) read the books and have a good handle on just how awesome the series truly is, but think of how many people out there who ARE halo fans have no idea of the wonderful complexity of the universe they love! For all of these reasons (and more!) i vote bring on the spin offs, bring on more books, bring on more comics and for the love of god, bring on a proper hollywood movie! (Forward Unto Dawn was great, but MORE!!!!) 

aleserpinfer
aleserpinfer

 @jayjay444  @StateOfGrace totally agree with StateOfGrace Halo 4 has way better graphics that Cod Black ops II, on Xbox 360....you may say that for Pc version.

ArcGuard
ArcGuard

 @joel0903  @SythisTaru Actually, no. People don't play Halo for FFA. they play it for Team slayer. As evident by the fact that in EVER HALO the most player playlist is Team Slayer, followed by Big Team.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

 @ruudboy5  @GPRx3 I don't think this is the last time we will hear Jen Taylor's voice in a Halo game... Cortana in some form or another will be back... 

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

 @grey_fox1984  Thanks mate, for me the universe that surrounds the Halo stories is as well constructed as the (gasp) star wars universe, I have read the flood and yes, shot for shot it was a playthrough guide to CE, will have to chase up the Nylund books as I have heard good things about them...thanks again!!

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@DAMSOG@GOGOGOGURT Halo:Evolutions is a good one to get you exploring the universe- it's a collection of short stories by a bunch of different writers, so there's a good chance you'll enjoy a bunch of them. There's a cool one about the Brutes (jiralhanae) that kind of plays like a "cannibals in the amazon" story and Frank O'Connor writes a really fantastic one called "Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian" about a terminally ill ODST who finds himself the lone survivor on a covenant-occupied ship.  For full novels, Tobias Bucknell's "The Cole Protocol" is great look at the dynamics of the human civil war and how it affects colonist/unsc relations even during the covenant war and all of the Eric Nylund books (which follow Master Chief, Dr. Halsey and the other Spartan-IIs) are great. Really the only Halo book that isn't really worth reading is "The Flood" which follows the story of the first game. Just play Halo: Anniversary and find the terminals instead. The terminal video for the level "Keyes" is adapted from the most interesting part of that book. 

 

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

 @grey_fox1984  @GOGOGOGURT So I'm not the only one who would like to see the series explore the full depths of the story and not just the PEW PEW blasty action, I haven't read all the books, just a few here and there, could either of you recommend some of the books that explore the different races of the covenant? If they exist of course...I have just read the book that has the didact in it (can't remember the title) and hey presto...there he is in Halo 4....there is a lot of lore to explore and yes....bring on the movie!!