Halo 5: 343 Will ‘Do Better Next Time’
Halo 4 developer 343 Industries made ‘a lot of mistakes’ according to franchise development director, Frank O’Connor, but the studio ‘can do better’.
In a blog posted on 343’s Halo Waypoint, O’Connor talks about the incredible success of Halo 4 and how filling Bungie shoes was no easy task, but he also admits that a few mistakes were made and the team is learning from them.
“[Halo 4] wasn’t flawless by any stretch of the imagination,” explained O’Connor, “but by most objective criteria, it was a resounding success. So we know we have a lot to do. And we know we have a lot to learn. But we also know that we now have the capacity, the teamwork, the technology and the experience to do much better next time.”
“We have a lot to learn,” explained O’Connor. “We made a lot of mistakes. We can do better. And we know this, and we will”.
O’Connor makes no mention of what 343 Industries has moved onto, but with next-gen talk ramping up and rumours that Microsoft’s next Xbox could be launching this year, it’s a logical leap to presume that 343 could be working on Halo 5 or at the very least, a next-gen Halo.
Looking to the future and what 343 wants to do, O’Connor said:
“The most important aspect of our success, and our efforts now and in the future, has been this community – a demanding, imaginative, engaged, vocal, varied and intelligent swarm of personalities, groups and individuals, each with subtly to radically different interests in this vast and varied universe we’re charged with.”
In fact, O’Connor is more excited about the future and with good reason. After receiving rave reviews from the press and strong support from the community, Halo 4 proved that the series could live on without Bungie.
But what happens to Halo now?
“Technically, this should be a retrospective, but it’s safe to say I’m more excited about the future than the past. Excited about what this team is already working on. Excited about what this team is capable of. And excited about the future of Halo. A future we want you to be a part of. A future we’re building for you.”