Halo Can Last As Long As Star Wars According To Phil Spencer

Posted on September 23, 2015 by Tyler Nienburg

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In a recent interview with head of Xbox, Phil Spencer has addressed the idea of annualising Halo. “Unlike many other shooters, Halo fans have an attachment to the story and key characters, and suggested this is something that precludes rushing out games.”

“Halo is somewhat unique to other shooters that we were talking about in that it has such a heavy character and story base to it. I think it’s one of the real strengths of the franchise. People know the characters’ names in the franchise,”


“They know who Master Chief is. They know who Cortana is. It’s not always true of other shooting franchises that you have that same connection to the characters in the story, and that there’s a consistency and a connective tissue between the games.”


There are so many possibilities for Halo that it can go a whole other direction than you think. That is not the same for many first person shooters as some do not even go deep into their story like Halo.

“I don’t want to overplay or overuse the franchise. It’s a franchise and an IP I expect to be around 20 years from now, much the same way Star Wars and Spider-Man and other things are.

“I think it has the weight that it can support that, but I think that the franchise then needs to be managed in a way that doesn’t burn it out.”

“With television series, if you look at it, they’re on a weekly cadence, and they have to do that. Other than some anomalies like The Simpsons, things usually wear out. Not because the stories or characters are bad, but eventually people have kind of … they’ve seen enough of it, and they’re done with Happy Days, and they want to move on to the next thing.”

Halo 5 Guardians comes out this October 27th, 2015. Here is a look at the opening cinematic for Blue Team.

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