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Halo fans complain Xbox has completely wasted series' huge potential

Sam Cawley

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Halo fans complain Xbox has completely wasted series' huge potential

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Xbox reportedly declined pitches for around 30 new Halo games, leading fans to believe the company has squandered the potential of the series entirely.

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Once Halo was the king of first-person shooters and the killer app for Xbox consoles. Boasting tight gameplay, compelling stories and a fantastic multiplayer offering, the OG trilogy and spin-offs Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach were truly the golden age of the franchise.

All of the original titles can be played via the Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which you can see below

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Since 343 Industries took over fans believe the series has seen a dramatic dip in quality. Halo 4, Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: Infinite all failed to impress as much as Bungie’s offering, though it’s now believed the studio pitched several Halo spin-off titles to Microsoft, only to have them all rejected.

This comes from former 343 Industries Senior/Lead Designer Kevin Schmitt who said “We must have pitched 20-30 game ideas over the 12 years I was there that would have totally worked in the Halo universe. Many SP & MP ODST themed ones. Some galaxy-spanning, some more intimate…and one that was really dark.”

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No further details were shared, but it felt like a real kick in the teeth for fans who’ve been dying for another Halo ODST game, and other spin-offs set in the same universe.

Fans on Reddit were thoroughly disappointed, with one saying: “343 cannot even get a mainline halo game right, let alone a spin off. They may have been good ideas but the team at the time just was not talented enough to see it through.”

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Another added: “That Last bit. I wonder if it was the ‘play as a marine during a flood infection’ game of my dreams.”

Then another fan said: “Yet they chose the dumbest options. Twice”

It’s clear the Halo franchise is in desperate need of a revival. If the mainline games just aren’t cutting it for fans anymore maybe it’s time 343 Industries and Microsoft finally got to work on some spin-offs to get fans hyped again.

Topics: Halo, Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Sam Cawley
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