‘Halo Here to Stay’, Says Official Statement from 343 Industries
It has been confirmed by 343 Industries that the recent rumours regarding the status of the studio and its connection to the future of Halo are comprehensively false. There were claims circulating that, following a spate of redundancies, 343 Industries would be pulled away from any future Halo projects, but it has been confirmed that this isn’t the case.
In a clear and defined statement on Twitter, Pierre Hintze, the Studio Head at 343 Industries, said, ‘343 Industries will continue to develop Halo now and in the future’.
Say Halo, Not Goodbye
For a short while, fans were concerned that the circumstances surrounding Halo’s future were going to be made even shakier than they already were. It’s no big secret that the franchise has suffered somewhat since the launch of Halo Infinite, with the multiplayer platform’s audience dropping dramatically.
Recently, it was revealed that there’s absolutely no single-player content planned for Halo Infinite.
In the statement on Twitter, Pierre Hintze explained:
Halo and Master Chief are here to stay.
343 Industries will continue to develop Halo now and in the future, including epic stories, multiplayer, and more of what makes Halo great.
Pierre Hintze, Studio Head
Since 343 Industries assumed control of the Halo franchise in 2012, something has rankled with long-standing fans of the series. It was seen as a bad move by a vast portion of the community, stripping away the responsibility of the creation of Halo games from Bungie, the original developer and creator of arguably the best Halo titles of all time.
Following the alleged news that 343 Industries would cede control of the franchise (as mass layoffs hit Microsoft), some fans rejoiced. On social media platforms like Reddit, hardcore fans are actually voicing their displeasure about the fact that 343i will remain in charge of the series – for now.
Regardless of what’s happening internally, something has to give for the Halo franchise to be ‘saved’. In the wake of redundancies, some 343 Industries developers hit by the sour news claimed quite frankly that it was Microsoft’s management that caused the untimely downfall of Halo.
It’s a dramatic situation, and nobody really knows what’s next for the series.