343 Industries has been the staple of Halo development for years now. A new report, however, seems to indicate that this is no longer the case. According to Halo leaker and podcast Bathrobe Spartan, the studio has been removed from active development on any Halo titles, but will instead simply maintain the game’s engine while overseeing third party studios developing any new titles.
343 has undergone a lot of scrutiny since the launch of Halo Infinite, especially with its multiplayer content lacking any real substance and such long gaps of time in between seasons. This current round of Microsoft layoffs hit 343 as well, and rumors are that more layoffs are coming with up to a third of the studio being axed. According to the report, all story based DLC for Halo Infinite has been cancelled as it’s no longer deemed cost effective for 343 to develop it based on all of these layoffs and concerns.
Single player games seem to be what is most impacted as outside companies have been developing the multiplayer side of Halo Infinite. Those who finished the campaign and were hoping for some DLC or a new game centered around The Endless will have to wait a little bit longer, if at all, to get their hands on it. Bonnie Ross left the studio last year for what was cited as personal reasons, and the entire studio had a buggy and rocky launch for Halo Infinite after an already substantial delay. These future single player titles are said to be on a lesser scale than Infinite and more cost effective as a result.
You can see the entire Twitter thread below which has also been translated from French to English by Metro. Halo is Xbox’s flagship franchise along with Gears of War, and Microsoft will do whatever they can to protect it. Finances are always a huge part of any business, and hopefully Halo gets back on track after this move. Gears of War flourished just as well when Microsoft took it over from Epic, so we will have to wait and see.
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