Halo 4 Updates Could Add Theatre Mode and Clan Support

Richard Walker

Even more Halo 4 news now (just in case you haven't had your fill just yet), as Halo Waypoint's Jessica Shea has stated that future updates to 343's Master Chief comeback special could re-instate Theatre Mode (AKA Theater Mode) for Spartan Ops and the single-player campaign.

Furthermore, updates could also bring clan support to the table, as well as more combat data that could be conveyed to players on the fly. It'd be nice to find out how many times we've had our head blown off. "We are tracking all player skill data and while it will not be exposed in the game UI at launch, we have some ideas about how to give players access to that information, in a useful way, in the not-so-distant future." O'Shea noted in the latest Halo bulletin.

"Theater Mode in Campaign did not make the cut for launch for various reasons of scheduling, rendering issues and some significant engine changes," O'Shea continued. "However, we are treating Title Updates very differently for Halo 4 and rather than simply using them as opportunities for simple big fixes, we are thinking of them as a way to sustain and grow features and options, so it is possible you could see Saved Films made available for Campaign (as well as some other significant features) at some time in the not-too-distant future, but that's yet to be determined."

Clan support meanwhile hasn't been in a Halo game since Halo 2 (if we remember rightly), but it could return in one of these planned updates for Halo 4. "As we mentioned before, we plan to continue consistent and meaningful sustainment updates to improve and enhance player experience. Social constructs are something we too have missed since Halo 2, and we're looking at interesting ways to improve those experiences in the not-too-distant future," O'Shea commented. "I will be using that expression a lot. Get used to it."

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  • I wonder if 343 has to pay to update halo 4?
  • @1 I would guess no, it would be funny for Microsoft to charge themselves for a TU.
  • The publisher pays it if there is one.
  • @3 Publishers pay MS for updates yes, however MS is both the publisher and by extension (343i is a division of MGS)developer of the Halo 4 game, they would be paying themselves to update there own game. Not very logical.
  • Maybe they shouldn't focus more on their map packs and focus on making shipping their game complete.
  • Not too concerned as i already have a good capture device. Having theater mode in multiplayer is still an awesome feature that every game should have though.
  • Could someone please explain what Theater Mode is? Does?
  • @7 is this your first halo game? It's a replay feature for previously played games.
  • @7: It's really a funny mode: you go to a movie theater, you buy popcorn and annoy people with stupid noises, farts, throwing popcorn and eating popcorn.
  • I always used theater mode as kill cam from CoD. There at least I could see instantly how ridiculous my death was. At least in Halo I can go back and laugh at it too. Wish they had this in gears, now that would be fucking comedy!
  • I think people need to read this properly, it says "adding it to the Campaign and Spartan Ops", it is in the game but only in Multiplayer ATM
  • Had the opportunity to play the multiplayer last night with some Microsoft reps and people from other GAME/Gamestation stores an I have to say im so much more pumped for this game IMO Best Multiplayer in a Halo game yet granted i haven't played much since Halo 3, but this i can see myself playing for a long time to come Can't wait to finish work on monday night so i can get straight online who needs sleep anyway
  • I still have my fingers crossed for an API that satisfies all of the communities for Halo. The amount of stats Bungie provided allowed communities to flourish and compare stats with one another. Sites like HaloTracker need this API in order to keep hosting tournaments and providing statistics to our users and maintain the great community we've formed over the past ten years.
  • Campaign Theatre would simply be more icing to the already delicious cake :D I've gotten some pretty funny moments off my Reach campaign anyway, I'm sure the whole community would appreciate it. Clan Support? Meh. It's really hit or miss I'd say, like the sweetened tall glass of milk- except that some of us are disgusted by milk or are lactose intolerant. :p Some people just like to keep things simple and play things with a small pool of friends, others love to be competitive and compete against harder opponents. (Which yeah, both are okay- but when it comes to this being a necessity or just more niche in a corner... I can instantly pick.)
  • Theater Mode was always pretty restricted for Campaign but at least they're still planning on possibly adding it. Clan support would be cool, loved that in Halo 2 though I also had less people on my friends list then as I do now.
  • I would like a theatre mode where it is easy to find a piece of gameplay even in a 1-2 hour clip. if not then don't bother.
  • "could add theatre mode" Shouldn't theatre mode already be in the game?!
  • Halo 2's Clan Support is still one of the best features for any game in the history of XBL. In fact, Clan Support on Halo 2 was one of the reasons why I played so much Halo 2. It was great, no matter how many friends you had on, 2 to 7, we could always get a Clan match going, 3v3 to 8v8. And the Clan had its own rank that matched us up with other Clans of the same Rank which really kept it about as even as it could. It was all great until Halo 2 hit it real big online which brought all the cheating kids & annoying modders. To me Clan Support is a must for the gamers out there like me, who have plenty of friends to get Teams together & want some competition, without using an 3rd party website. I play a lot of Team Based games, i'm all about that, and when I get a good group of friends together & we play a group of Randoms, 9 times out of 10 they don't stand a chance. I'm going to enjoy Halo 4 for what it is, but if they add GOOD Clan Support, I could be playing it for well over a year.
  • clan support is great for those of us that are old enough. i have a strong feeling that most of the clans will be children though and this makes me very sad. children constantly ruin online gaming for me.
  • @18 Congrats at beating randoms with a set team, sounds challenging. Clan support would however be sweet First i thought theatre wasnt even in, campaign theatre is a feature i dont really use so meh.
  • @17 There is a theatre mode for MP matches. If you read the article it says campaign and co-op theatre could be added, and why it's not in the game at launch. "Theater Mode in Campaign did not make the cut for launch for various reasons of scheduling, rendering issues and some significant engine changes,".
  • @20 Come on everyone enjoys having a 5 man pre-made. And those extra 2 randoms can make or break your team. Typically break it.
  • @17 What is it with people who comment before even reading the article?
  • #23 takes the fun of making a complete spanner out of yourself. I'm not bothered about lack of campaign theatre mode, been talk already about a few weapons getting nerfed in the 1st TU, Saw is meant to pwn matches.
  • Clans? Making me reminisce about Halo 2.
  • @21 - Maybe that's what I meant?
  • @1 & 2. MS will have to pay themselves for the TU's. It's an accounting thing because one department is using the services of another and thus the cost has to be transfered from one deptartment to the other.
  • Wait, what?! Halo 4 doesn't have theatre?!
  • @28: I'm unfamiliar with the Halo universe but isn't Cortana a hologram?
  • People still play this childish cartoony tripe? I can understand kids playing this game, but if you are over 18 you need to take a long hard look at your life, and grow some balls.
  • You're cool 28.
  • @22 Sometimes yeah :) Im just average at shooters nowadays but unless its cod randoms it cant be all bad. Love stomping randoms with a premade
  • shouldn't theatre mode be a feature anyway?
  • @31 You're being a bit extreme dont you think?
  • @31, If you are over 18 and you like to spend your time trolling internet discussions and insulting other people then YOU need to take a good long hard look at your life, not to mention grow a pair yourself since you like to insult people over the internet.
  • I am doing the opening shift at work on monday then working tuesday day time. I was supposed to be doing the shift with my mate who also plays Halo, but he now has the day off. So on the day of release I will be at work whilst he is home playing it. I am sad because of this.
  • @ 1 & 2: What many people dont understand is that most of the cost(the one we hear about all the time) to update a game is simple payroll. Development Companies have to pay their developers to work on implementing a title update, they dont just hand Microsodt $40,000. Most of that $40,000 pays for the time developers spend on the updates. Time is money after all. Source: I am an IT Developer.
  • And I forgot to add: So by extension - Yes, Microsoft/343 still has to pay for the title updates, they pay their employees to do the work like any other company.
  • Lesson learned, don't come on this site when a new game you intend to play releases, unless you want it spoiled. I would have thought that post would have been deleted by now, oh well.
  • @38 So what's MS/Sony charge for the certification of the update/patch? I know the first update is free, but any after that the developer/publisher has to pay for it. If most of the cost is employee salary wouldn't it be cheaper for smaller studios, since they don't have large development teams, to publish an update? I say this because the game Fez was made by basically one person, and he said it wasn't economically feasible for him to fix his game with an update because of the cost of the update.
  • @30 Cortana is an AI the hologram is just a represntation of her so she's not just a disembodied voice.
  • Well said Lothra. Now my story is ruined, great.
  • Kiki Wolfkill likes this thread discussion.
  • @28 I would believe you if 343 didn't already say the focus of the new trilogy was cortana's insanity therefore killing her off at the start is stupid and your troll attempt failed
  • clan support?
  • I love theatre mode. My only tiny regret about Campaign theatre mode not being ready at launch, is that I won't be able to record clips for my achievements, like I did on Reach. That "If you came to hear me beg" cheevo was a pain in the ass.
  • @47 You can just redo them ^^ but yeah I agree for campaign it's kinda sucks that's it's not there from the start
  • cant wait
  • 1 fucking day left, someone please hit me, now
  • Clan support! ^_^
  • Clan support? Sounds good, I hope Waypoint offers something similiar to the BF:3 system.
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