With Bungie out of the picture, 343 Industries has initiated a full takeover of the Halo series. The new developer, recruited from scratch after Bungie’s leave, will be the group behind the next Halo game. A recent interview reveals that they’re trying to spice up the franchise with “brand new questions” to be answered.
“I think that there are a lot of questions that fans of the series want answered, and we’ll certainly be in the business of answering those questions,” Frank O’Connor, franchise development director at 343, told OXM.
“But we would be lazy and very lacking in imagination if we didn’t inject lots of brand new questions into the universe, and enigma, mystery, and awe are at the heart of what drives the fiction. I think building that sense of epic scale, while also focusing on creating great, memorable characters, and exciting new stories, are what will propel both 343 Industries and the universe it inhabits.”
As for when we’ll hear about what 343’s been up to, O’Connor kept his lips sealed.
“Nothing to announce right now, but I can tell you we’re not working on any side stories as games at the moment. There’ll certainly be more Halo fiction entering the universe [this year], but we’ve no new games to announce right now.”
No side-stories? So, Halo 4, then?