343 Discusses Making Halo 4 the Best it Can Be and What's Next With Halo 5
Written Wednesday, August 08, 2012 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Should the next Xbox - let's for the sake of argument call it the Xbox 720 - be releasing as widely rumoured in late 2013, Halo 5 is a complete no-brainer, and 343 Industries' Lead Game Designer Scott Warner has discussed the challenges of releasing Halo 4 during the tailend of the Xbox 360's lifespan and the advantages of working closely with Microsoft.
In an interview with The Independent, Warner explained the challenges the studio faces in working on a console reaching the end of its life cycle, talking about Halo 4's development and harnessing the technology to get the best out of the seven year old Xbox 360.
"Our current development is all centred around the Xbox 360 and trying to harness everything we can get out of that box, so everything you're seeing is sort of custom built for the 360 experience. Obviously depending on what happens and develops with our company, we'll try to develop our technology and take advantage of it."
And working closely with Microsoft ensures that 343 has a headstart over its rivals for Halo 5, which will be the second chapter in the new Reclaimer Trilogy. "I mean certainly as things develop, we have the advantage of working for a publisher and first party development, and if things happen we would certainly want to take advantage of those things," said Warner.
"There's always kind of a careful balancing act between what you decide to improve upon, what you have that you think is really good, what's the great mixture of that to put you in the best position to be successful as a team. But certainly as things go on in development we have an advantage in the sense that we can cross those streams a bit."
Halo 4 is out on November 6th, 2012.