Microsoft Confirms Halo Mega Bloks Game Was in Development But Was Only a Prototype
The game "had a lot of fun ideas and invention behind it," but was not meant to be.
Over the weekend, some impressive-looking footage of a canceled Halo Mega Bloks game emerged. Now, Halo boss Bonnie Ross has confirmed the game, codenamed "Haggar," was in development as an "exploratory" project that never went past the prototype stage.
In a forum post, Ross confirmed the Xbox 360 game was a collaborative effort between Microsoft and Mega Bloks that was in the works "several years ago." As you can see in the video below, it was going to have "elements of action, exploration, and user creativity," Ross said.
Despite having "a lot of fun ideas and invention behind it," the game never moved beyond its prototype stage for reasons that Ross did not share. She added that Haggar, which was in development at the now-defunct N-Space, is just one of "several" Halo games that were prototyped but never released.
Microsoft and Mega Bloks are currently working together on physical Halo Megabloks toys. The Halo Megabloks game was brought to light by Andrew Borman of Preserving Gaming History.
Although this game never came to fruition, 343 Industries boss Bonnie Ross recently said the developer is receiving requests to make Halo games that appeal to a younger audience. So maybe a Halo Mega Bloks game or something like it could come out in the future. In another recent interview, Ross talked about growing the Halo franchise with new ideas without losing the "core spirit" of the series.
Here is Ross' full statement on Haggar:
"Over the past few days, footage has recently made the rounds of an exploratory Xbox 360 project we worked on several years ago, known as 'Haggar.' Since then, we've received a lot of great feedback from the community. Haggar was something we prototyped with our friends at Mega Bloks that focused on the elements of action, exploration and user creativity found within the Halo universe. Haggar had a lot of fun ideas and invention behind it, but ultimately didn't progress beyond the early prototyping levels that are shown in the recent video.
"This is just one example of several similar projects we have evaluated throughout the years--a process that we continue exploring on an ongoing basis."