Is the franchise’s future in the past? Perhaps for the present…
Never a dull moment in the Halo universe. In this edition of SUPERGHOST’s Halo Highlight Reel I throw my hat in the ring regarding the Halo HD remake rumours making the rounds on the ‘net and what 343 Industries may have up their sleeves.
A few months back I mentioned to my friends online that I suspected that 343 Industries, the new caretakers of the Halo franchise, first project was going to be a HD remake of both Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 in one package. My theory was based on several factors which I will describe after the jump.
The Halo HD remake rumour has been gaining traction over the last few weeks, but back in late Summer when I first made the call I had not seen anything in the media that would lead me to that conclusion, rather I came to it on my own by just looking at the the Halo franchise and gaming in 2010.
My first thoughts were that 343 Industries has been ramping up for a long time, obviously working on Halo projects all the while. With Halo: Reach fresh on our plates and built to last, a true Halo sequel (Halo 4) to me would be some time off, perhaps several years. In my mind the next logical step for the series is the Reclaimer’s (a.k.a. Master Chief’s) and Cortana’s (see revelations at the end of Reach) homecoming to the Forerunner home world (as seen in Halo Legends and the final scene of Halo 3 on Legendary).
Home, sweet home…?
My thought is the next Halo trilogy will launch alongside Microsoft’s next console, but with the launch of Kinect we are at least 2-3 years out from a new console. Some stop-gap Halo games are required, but games that are worthy of the games’ storied lineage. I initially theorized that in the meantime 343 likely has a team remaking Halo and potentially Halo 2 to stem the gap and appease the Halo fandom.
Sony has already set the precedent, bringing such franchises as God of War, Shadow of the Colossus, and Sly Cooper to the HD generation with all the bells-and-whistles that this generation has to offer. The Halo remake would be a guaranteed money-maker, but 343 has to be extremely careful in porting such beloved classics. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the fan base to these games. I suspect this title will get the ODST treatment and sport the Halo: Reach multiplayer suite as in my opinion, it would be foolish to start a new Halo FPS multiplayer experience in this generation, especially trying to outdo the masters at Bungie.
Kinect-Enabled Halo?: My next prediction for the future of Halo…Halo for the Kinect. We have already heard rumours of a Gears of War Kinect experience, so why not create a Kinect experience for the Halo crowd? Now I am pretty sure that this game would not be a traditional FPS…not even close, but perhaps it would be some sort of bridging game experience, or a way to expand the game universe…play as Cortona? Who knows, it is just a prediction after all.
To round things up, this is what I suspect 343 Industries is up to:
HD remakes of Halo: CE and Halo 2 that carry the Halo Reach multiplayer suite (ala ODST)
An original Halo game for the Kinect
A new Halo Trilogy (Halo 4, 5, and 6) for the next generation of consoles
Halo is Microsoft’s golden goose, and I think we will see a few golden eggs come our way over the next several years!