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MS: Four more Halo games in development

MS: Four more Halo games in development

Microsoft is still keen to explore/exploit the Halo franchise and has at least four more games planned.

Even though Halo-developer Bungie has abandoned Microsoft, it seems that Microsoft won't abandon the Halo franchise just yet and, in addition to the rumoured Halo Chronicles and confirmed Halo Wars Microsoft is working on at least two other unnamed Halo titles.

In an interview with GI.biz Microsoft Game Studios head Phil Spencer claimed that there are "more than two or three teams building Halo things right now."

So, even if we assume that there's only just more than three teams then there are still a few games unaccounted for. There's the new Halo Wars RTS being made by the soon-to-be-defunct Ensemble Studios and there's the team working on Peter Jackson's episodic series Halo Chronicles...but the other two?

The rumour at the moment is that at least one of those projects is being worked on at Bungie as, though the original Halo developer got out from underneath Microsoft a while ago, they remain committed to the franchise. Spencer also confirmed in the interview that at least one of the games would be developed at a non-MGS studio.

The last game meanwhile is currently expected to be Halo 4, though what shape it will take isn't exactly clear. While we do know that Microsoft is recruiting a team to work on a new next-gen Halo game, Spencer indicates that the plan is based around scalable ventures such as "new maps and software updates."

Do you know something we don't know? What do you think to the Halo series? Let us know in the forums.

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Paradigm Shifter 17th September 2008, 11:10 Quote
So MS aren't milking that franchise for all they're worth... ;)

Still, if the games are good there's no problem. :)
Hamish 17th September 2008, 11:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
So MS aren't milking that franchise for all they're worth... ;)

Still, if the games are good there's no problem. :)
well the first 3 werent so not much hope of that :p

/me runs
icutebluezone 17th September 2008, 11:31 Quote
I had 1 and 2 finished both like them and them got part 3 and to be honest a got bored and didnt really get into it much but did finish the game. dont think i would worry about the others Just wish thay would bring more games out like forza motersport. real life sims. Love that game.
samkiller42 17th September 2008, 11:32 Quote
We don't need any more Halo games, Halo wars is ok, as it's a new step into RTS, although, it should still be on PC over the 360, but meh, who's gonna listen to the fans? Halo 3 will come out on PC, it happened for the other 2, so i see no reason for it not too either, so that's another title, so only 1 more to think off, heh.

Sam
Paradigm Shifter 17th September 2008, 11:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hamish
well the first 3 werent so not much hope of that :p

/me runs

Not owning a Microsoft console, I've not played Halo 2 or 3. The original Halo I found fairly uninspiring and generic, but with almost-endlessly-repeating areas that got on my nerves fairly quickly. Still, Halo Wars could be good... I think I'll always favour an RTS or RPG over any FPS. :)
liratheal 17th September 2008, 11:41 Quote
Mmmm, franchise rape.

Hello, flooded market, are you bombing yet?
BlackMage23 17th September 2008, 11:42 Quote
Mouse and keyboard on 360 would make those games better
Cadillac Ferd 17th September 2008, 12:08 Quote
I think people are over thinking this, just because they have 3 teams working on Halo stuff doesn't necessarily mean they have z0mg FOuR HAlO GAMES COMING Z0MGWTFBBQSAUCE.

Besides it sounds like they're trying to expand the Halo franchise to different genres and it definitely sounds like each project that's been discussed has been in completely different stages of development. It's not like we're going to wake up one morning and find 4 new Halo FPS's all released at once.

The Halo Universe (as much as most people loathe admitting it) is pretty deep, and there's plenty of room for games outside of the adventures of one human soldier and his holographic sidekick.
Veles 17th September 2008, 12:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
Not owning a Microsoft console, I've not played Halo 2 or 3. The original Halo I found fairly uninspiring and generic, but with almost-endlessly-repeating areas that got on my nerves fairly quickly. Still, Halo Wars could be good... I think I'll always favour an RTS or RPG over any FPS. :)

Co-op and really well done vehicles is what made Halo fun. I only played through the single player a couple of times on my own, but I repeated my favourite vehicle sections over and over with my brother, it was great fun.

I did hear that Bungie's next game would be set in the Halo universe but it wouldn't be following MC.
Gunsmith 17th September 2008, 13:10 Quote
oh ffs not more of this drivvel
TreeDude 17th September 2008, 14:14 Quote
The original Halo was repetitive, but I must admit I did not get bored of it at all. The AI was good enough that it did not feel dull and I really enjoyed the story. Halo 2 was ok. But man they ruined the storyline. The original was a simple and fairly interesting storyline with cut scenes that were only as long as they needed to be. Halo 2 I actually got bored of sitting through all those cut scenes and really stopped caring about the story by the end.

I don't have a 360 yet so I cannot comment on Halo 3's single player. The multi is great though. Loads of fun at LANs.
Veles 17th September 2008, 14:20 Quote
I thought Halo 3's campaign was much better than 2's. 2 I only played through once, but I was a little miffed that it was meant to be a massive fight on earth, but turned out to be for less than half of the game.

The problem with Halo 2 I think was generally better than Halo, but there weren't any good high points in the campaign.
UrbanMarine 17th September 2008, 15:14 Quote
NOOOOOOOO 4 more games I won't buy because the already suck and they're not even made.
rhuitron 17th September 2008, 15:50 Quote
BlackMage23

Wouldn't that make it similar to a shiny new.....PC?

In that case. Yes! please do make Halo for pc. God knows we have the hardware for it!
Bionic-Blob 17th September 2008, 17:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by rhuitron
BlackMage23

Wouldn't that make it similar to a shiny new.....PC?

In that case. Yes! please do make Halo for pc. God knows we have the hardware for it!

apparently MS doesn't though
Jojii 17th September 2008, 17:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cadillac Ferd
Z0MGWTFBBQSAUCE.

+1
Lepermessiah 17th September 2008, 17:50 Quote
Milk that frachise that is already not as good as many other shooters around, geez, console gamers will buy anything.
War-Rasta 17th September 2008, 19:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cadillac Ferd
The Halo Universe (as much as most people loathe admitting it) is pretty deep, and there's plenty of room for games outside of the adventures of one human soldier and his holographic sidekick.

My thoughts exactly. I bought the first 3 novels just out of pure fanbyoism, I admit that, but then I read them and they turned out to be a lot better than I expected giving you a new perspective and a whole lot of details not mentioned in the games and it made me realize that there's a whole lot more to the Halo universe than Master Chief and Cortana.

I really believe they could make a whole lot of other stuff with this.
docodine 17th September 2008, 23:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
So MS aren't milking that franchise for all they're worth... ;)

Still, if the games are good there's no problem. :)

+1
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Originally Posted by War-Rasta
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Originally Posted by Cadillac Ferd
The Halo Universe (as much as most people loathe admitting it) is pretty deep, and there's plenty of room for games outside of the adventures of one human soldier and his holographic sidekick.

My thoughts exactly. I bought the first 3 novels just out of pure fanbyoism, I admit that, but then I read them and they turned out to be a lot better than I expected giving you a new perspective and a whole lot of details not mentioned in the games and it made me realize that there's a whole lot more to the Halo universe than Master Chief and Cortana.

I really believe they could make a whole lot of other stuff with this.

Again, a great idea. Halo Wars is going along with that... The Chief's story is pretty much over. He's kinda floating along in space, in a deep sleep at the moment. I would love to play a Halo game set in the time before the Spartans got their Mjolnir armor, before the Covenant showed up.

You should buy the rest of the novels, the only good one of the first three was The Fall of Reach, in my opinion. Ghosts of Onyx and Contact Harvest were far better than The Flood and First Strike... Even the comic book was good.

How about we follow another character for a while? The Forerunners vs. The Flood would be interesting, IMO.
LordPyrinc 18th September 2008, 01:09 Quote
More Halo games... I can see the titles now... Master Chief Kart, Paper Master Chief, Master Chief RPG, Master Chief Olympics, Super Master Chief Bros....
Cadillac Ferd 18th September 2008, 01:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine

I would love to play a Halo game set in the time before the Spartans got their Mjolnir armor, before the Covenant showed up.
I think there were rumors that one of the games ( "Halo Chronicles") was supposed to follow pre-Mjolnir Spartan II's in their campaign against the rebellious colonies before the Covenant show up so who knows, maybe your wish is already coming true.

I'd love to get a game set waaaaaaaaaay before Master Chief, set in the midst of the Forerunner vs. Flood war. The storyline in the Terminals is really way too good to not be explored further.
Akava 18th September 2008, 09:41 Quote
The only good thing I can say I have ever seen from Halo (never really enjoyed the games)... Red vs Blue!
roshan 19th September 2008, 02:25 Quote
Halo .I am sick of playing any more Halos
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