Developer 343 Industries really wants you to know that you shouldn’t expect to see Halo 6 in the near future. In a post on Halo Waypoint, 343 writer Jeff Easterling reaffirmed 343’s decision to not show off Halo 6 at E3 and also let Halo fans know that the studio doesn’t feel any immediate pressure to showcase the game in the near future.
“While there’s little to nothing that can be said on that front, it’s been made clear that we won’t be talking about Halo‘s next major title for quite some time,” said Easterling. “And no, that doesn’t mean Gamescom. Or PAX. Trust us, when we’re ready to begin pulling back that proverbial curtain, you’ll know. It won’t be soon.”
Of course, it’s only been two years since Halo 5 was released and the game still supports a respectably large community of players according to previous reports from Microsoft. That being the case, 343 may very well choose to wait until E3 2018 to showcase their progress on the project.
Here’s everything else we know about Halo 6:
Halo 6 Release Date
Halo 6 hasn’t even been officially confirmed by 343, so it might be a while before we actually get a solid release date for this sequel. The game is expected to arrive exclusively to the Xbox One.
Halo 6 Story
Kiki Wolfkill, head of 343 Industries, and longtime Halo director Frank O’Connor recently gave an interview to GameTM magazine in which the two acknowledged the disappointment some fans felt when they realized that Master Chief wasn’t the focus of Halo 5.
“We very much realized that people wanted Master Chief’s story of Halo 5,” said O’Connor. “We definitely marketed in a way that we hoped was going to bring surprise, but for some fans and certainly fans of Master Chief, it was a huge disappointment because they wanted more Chief.”
O’Conner goes on to say that he wasn’t so much surprised by the reaction of fans who wanted to see more of Master Chief, but that he perhaps didn’t quite fully appreciate just how much stock fans put into wanting to play as Master Chief at the outset of a new Halo adventure. He acknowledges that Chief is “slightly more important now than he has ever been, certainly to our franchise.”
Understandably, O’Connor and Wolfkill are remaining coy as it pertains to any plans they may have in place to address this issue in Halo 6, but they did note that they plan on dialing back on introducing more characters to this universe in favor of “making the world a little bit more realistic and compelling.”
There are few ways to interpret this information. It sounds highly unlikely that Halo 6 will echo Halo 5‘s format by primarily focusing on a new character who must live in the shadow of Master Chief. However, it may be a bit of a stretch to say that the next Halo game will focus solely on Master Chief. That’s certainly a path that 343 can go down, but there’s also the likely possibility that the developer will choose to focus on existing characters – including Chief – instead of expanding the universe’s mythology even more.
Halo 6 Details
During her speech at D.I.C.E., 343 Industries’ general manager Bonnie Ross stated that the studio realizes it was a mistake to not develop split-screen functionality for Halo 5.
“When we didn’t put split screen in Halo 5, it was incredibly painful for the community and for us,” said Ross. “I think it erodes trust with the community, as the community is a part of our world building.”
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer had previously stated that the reason 343 dropped split-screen is that studies showed most gamers preferred to play cooperatively over Xbox Live. Given the size of the discrepancy, it was decided that it was no longer worth the development resources to continue to create similar modes. However, following the release of Halo 5, it soon became clear that those who still utilized the mode felt a sense of attachment to it that simple usage metrics could not quite account for.
Recognizing how passionate fans are about split-screen Halo gaming, Ross stated that “For any FPS, we will always have split screen support going forward.” In other words, it sounds like 343 won’t be releasing another Halo game that doesn’t include some kind of split-screen multiplayer option.