The Next Halo FPS Will Have Split-Screen, Unlike Halo 5

"For any FPS going out forward, we will always have split-screen in."

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2015's Halo 5: Guardians did not include any kind of split-screen, something that Microsoft was criticized for. Today, the company confirmed that Halo 6, or whatever the next game in the series is called, will indeed have split-screen support.

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This was confirmed by 343 Industries executive Bonnie Ross during a speech at DICE 2017. Ross said not including split-screen in Halo 5 was one of the "painful learnings" that Microsoft faced after taking over ownership of the Halo brand from Bungie.

"For any FPS going out forward, we will always have split-screen in," she said.

Ross also said Halo: The Master Chief Collection's rough launch was another "painful learning" for Microsoft. The company previously referred to this as a "black eye" for the developer.

Struggles like this are "incedible painful for the community and for us--and it erodes trust," she said.

Immediately after Halo 5 came out, Halo franchise director Frank O'Connor said the blowback from the game's lack of split-screen support was "huge." It was technically impossible for 343 to add split-screen to Halo 5 through a patch, O'Connor said.

The game's 60 FPS frame rate is partially responsible for this. When 343 made the decision to have Halo 5 run at a locked 60 FPS, the team did so with the understanding that it would create "some issues" and technical impossibilities for the rest of the game.

The number of people who play Halo games via local split-screen is small relative to the total player base, O'Connor explained.

No new Halo FPS games have been announced. Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently suggested the next Halo FPS will not be released this year, which is no big surprise, given that Halo 5 is not even two years old.

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I do understand how some people may not care about split-screen due to their lifestyle and that's fine, but I don't see a reason to hate screen co-op. Would you play a game that has a horrible plot and game play just because it has pretty sparkly butterflies all around? Opposite question, would you play a game with bad graphics but great... I think Minecraft can finish and answer this question!

My family uses games as a bonding tool. We invite friends with kids and our single friends over and play games as part of our social activities.

When my son and I learned Halo 5 wasn't a split screen game we didn't purchase it, there was no point to us. This served as our vote to Microsoft as well. I'm happy Halo 6 will return to split screen as I truly enjoy playing Halo with the people in the room.

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Well I can go back to play Halo now. Too bad I have to play Halo 5 to keep up.

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My only BIG complaint about the gaming industry is lack of recognition of demand for split screen, particularly for the mature adult with kids. The decline of availability of split-screen co-op play will actually drive some, like myself away from console gaming. Some of us are want to play with our home. For the kids or young adults in the parents' basement addicted to mindless online free-for all, there is PLENTY available. However, for an experience sitting in the same room with split screen, and coordinating, laughing, cheering - true human interaction while playing, or for deathmatch, THAT is a treat. There's a magic to that, akin to seeing a blockbuster new release with an audience vs. sitting and watching it alone. Appreciate articles like this to help identify opportunities to play at home with the family, either co-op or competitively.

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Split screen sucks, I'm not surprised 343 dropped it for H5, which incidentally, despite some flaws, is an excellent and polished game. Warzone mode is awesome.

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@koppers: Split screen does NOT suck. IF you sit in your basement and don't have real friends to play with, great. If you have a family, it is the best bonding with games.

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Halo 5 killed my love for this franchise sadly

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@tony56723: Mine too. Not because it was particularly bad or anything, but because its the Halo game that made me realize that series, without significant evolution ... is old. After playing Destiny and (to a lesser extent) Titanfall 2, I don't want console shooters that play like Halo anymore. They're slow, they're simple, they just don't have much going on. It's like trying to go back to Goldeneye and Perfect Dark after Halo 1 came out.

Gears 4 has the same problem for me.

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Grunt: But, Your Highness, she's a commoner. Her Slurm will taste foul.

Queen: Yes! Which is why we'll market it as New Slurm. Then, when everyone hates it, we'll bring back Slurm Classic, and make billions!

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Perfect. About time!

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There hasn't been a good Halo game since Bungie left. Just recycled and bland. Halo 5 was a joke. No real hopes for the next one.

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@edwardnygma: Halo 5 campaign was pretty bad, but the multiplayer gameplay is great. They nailed the gameplay.

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@edwardnygma: Halo 5 was great.

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Good !! Il be getting Halo 6 then !!

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Too little too late.

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Good. Really, the excuse for Halo 5 not having it doesn't really make sense, as there was no reason they couldn't have dropped it to 30 fps with split screen, or dropped the graphical quality.

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@jeepguy16: Of couse it doesnt make sense. They never wanted splitscreen, so they use the low power of the xb1 as an excuse and then you have these damn apoligizers selling their soul just to defend them. Its not Halo anymore.

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Split-screen is PERFECT for the kids and I! Daddy (me) has cancer, so online play with folks who are serious about their game isn't always an option for me, PLUS, I like to play games CO-OP in split-screen with my son! Lastly, if you say splits-screen with a German accent, IT TOTALLY SOUNDS LIKE A GERMAN WORD! SPLITZKREEN!!!!!!!!

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@bearboman: Spot-on. Split screen is the way for families and real interaction.

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Split screen is something that should be abandoned at all costs, they better only allow that crap in social playlists and lock it out of things like ranked arena.

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@oneligas: Split-screen shouldn't exist in Ranked multiplayer matches.

It SHOULD exist in unranked multiplayer matches, co-op campaign, and co-op modes such as Firefight.

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@oneligas: doesn't mean multiplayer. But at least campaign

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Scorpio is probably gonna maintain 60fps while doing this. The X1 will drop to to 30fps I assume.

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@freeryu: IF Scorpio will run it at 60fps like we would expect in this day and age, it's safe to assume that Halo 6 won't run in full native 4K then. MAYBE 1440p or 1800p but not 4K/60fps.

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Microsoft pulling the 180 like always. Glad they are listening to the feedback and making Halo 6 split screen.

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Sounds like they learned their lesson. No split screen really ruined my experience of Halo 5. They never should have shipped the game without this incredibly important staple of the series.

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@FLEEBS: it really is. I'm a PS4 pro owner but will get Scorpio and will love my halo time again. Halo is and always has been a buddy next to you game. Networking has just made it so you can get your halo fix without 4 TV's and systems. Or those moments of split campaign. I loved those days and think they need to stick with Halo cause that's what's always made it survive

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Sacrifices will have to be made but people really, really want split-screen so, what can you do? I just hope people don't start complaining about those necessary sacrifices. You can't please everyone though so, I'm sure we'll hear about it regardless.

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Halo 6 is also going to have guns and the game is going to be in clear 8-bit graphics. Hoooraaay.

Halo 6, brought to you by the devil. If you read this comment you must send it to someone else and pay Microsoft 6 dollars.

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@Justtapitin: I will PAY you not to tell another "joke" ever again!

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@PSYCHOV3N0M: True Story: Tropico 5 DLC doesn't work after the recent update. Can't fix through Microsoft Xbox help, bs's you until you give up. They won't refund your money. Microsoft Xbox BS things to come. Out 35 bucks not including the game.

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@Justtapitin: I strongly recommend that you do not pursue comedy as a career.

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"*understanding that it would create "some issues" and technical impossibilities for the rest of the game."" Next gen my ass


""No split screen as it's better for the x box players""

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How's this gonna work if someone is using scorpio splitscreen with a friend, whose also playing with an OG xbox one who is also playing splitscreen (4 players total)? Both go down to 30fps? Or OG xbox one drops to 720p 60fps? Will be interesting to see how they pull this off in 2018.

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good to hear.

Halo 5 was a great game, but lack of SS was a major stain on it, That and the disappointing campaign

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900p/30fps on Xone

Native 4K / 60FPS on Scorpio...

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Was a stupid decision to begin with, Halo started off as a splitscreen game with multiplayer shining. That's like making a Hitman game a kart racer.....well not really but just as stupid

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@chiefwiggum16: what that was a horrible analogy

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@biggamerdude: lol yeah I know, that why i said not really but it is just as ridiculous.

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What this means is it'll be 1080p/60 (minimally) on Scorpio via split screen and something a lot less on the OG & S X1s.

And that a Halo 6 tease is all but guaranteed at E3.