Outlook for Halo 4 release and Microsoft optimism

By Jamie Pert - Jul 13, 2011

If you thought that Halo lost its way when it comes to the campaigns played out in Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach you are not alone, recently the boss of Microsoft Game Studios, Phil Spencer, admitted that Master Chief was missed in both of these games and confirmed that he will be making a return in Halo 4.

Not only did Phil Spencer say this but he also said “It’s not Halo-anything, it’s Halo 4. It’s the beginning of a new trilogy”, if we take this statement literally it would be fair to presume that 343 Industries will be developing three Halo games, we presume these will be called Halo 4, Halo 5 and Halo 6. Up until today we had no idea that another Halo trilogy was coming.

Other statement from Spencer suggest that Halo 4’s campaign will be immersive and story driven, as we stated in the opening paragraph Master Chief will be featured in this game, we are led to believe that that the game’s campaign will evolve around him. Spencer also goes on to say that when it comes to Halo 4 “It’s not about re-enacting previous wars, it’s not the kind of comic-book pulp that Gears of War”.

As you can see Phil Spencer only really talks about the game’s campaign and doesn’t once mention multiplayer aspects of the game, does this mean that Microsoft Game Studios are happy with online game modes? We are not sure, however many think that when it comes to downloadable content Reach was a little disappointing. So far just two map packs have been released (the Noble Map Pack and the Defiant Map Pack), this isn’t a lot considering the game first arrived back in September 2010 and is nothing compared to the frequent DLC releases we see for Call of Duty games.

Back in September 20101 when Reach arrived we heard very few criticisms of the game’s campaign, in fact reviews were great and if you check out metacritic you will see that 99 critics scored the game very highly which has resulted in a metascore of 91/100 which makes you wonder why Phil Spencer talks about this game and Halo: ODST as if they were failures.

We would love to hear feedback from Halo fans, therefore feel free to answer the following questions in the comments section below. Do you think Halo has lost its way? What do you think needs to change when it comes to Halo 4? Do you think the Halo: Reach campaign was lackluster? Do you think big changes need to be made to the game’s multiplayer aspects?

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