Microsoft wants more Halo more often

September 22, 2010

Halo fans can expect more titles being released more often, at least according to Microsoft.

With the release of Halo: Reach, Bungie’s part in the series came to an end. But that is far from the end of the series. In fact, it looks likely that the Halo release schedule will now be ramped up significantly.

Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer told IGN:

There’s no explicit strategy that says we’re to ship a Halo game every year. I will say I think one Halo game every three years — which was kind of our old cadence – is probably not frequent enough.

We’re coming up on, what, next year is the 10th anniversary. You watch the change in gamers in 10 years. The percentage of players who are playing Reach that were I’ll say not old enough to play Halo 1 at the time, 10 years is a long time between launches. We definitely think about a more persistent Halo engagement for customers and not going dark for two years, and Live helps obviously with multiplayer to keep people engaged.

Spencer went on to promise that this doesn’t mean we’ll get a new Halo game every year; Microsoft won’t be following the EA Sports, Call of Duty example. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but Halo is a different beast with different requirements.

So, Halo games will be coming thick and fast, but not every year. That sounds good to me. The only question left hanging is whether 343 Industries can maintain the quality that has been an ever-present during Bungie’s time in control of the franchise.

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