In the midst of rumors regarding the future of Xbox, the studio responsible for Halo is seeking a new lead designer to support the upcoming games…multiplatform?
Since its inception in 2001, the Halo franchise has been the face of Xbox, even beyond video games. As such, it is one of the few cases in which it is unthinkable to imagine the Master Chief landing on other platforms.
Only PC platforms such as Steam have received the adventures of Master Chief over the years, in addition to Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the current Xbox Series X|S.
In recent days, various recognized voices from the industry (Jeff Grubb, Tom Warren, and Andy Robinson) have revealed the new business plan for Xbox, which could focus on multiplatform releases on PS5 and Nintendo consoles.
Hi-Fi Rush, Starfield, Indiana Jones, and the Great Circle, Sea of Thieves… or even a well-established Xbox franchise, such as Gears of War, could set course for PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.
There is also a list circulating, in which the names of Halo Infinite and Halo: The Master Chief Collection appear. Will we see the saga on other consoles?
Halo for ”all” players
”Establish clear design goals and outcomes, focusing the system design team on achieving a consistent, high-quality experience for all players, on all platforms”
An employment offer from 343 Industries, the Microsoft studio working on the Halo saga (after Bungie’s farewell), has set off all the alarms on social networks. Small as it may be, there is the possibility that Halo may reach platforms other than Xbox/PC.
At least, that is what is inferred from the job offer of 343 Industries. Keep in mind that they may be referring to the already usual platforms, such as Xbox, Windows, and Steam.
343 Industries is looking for a new lead designer to support the future games of the Microsoft franchise. Remember, however, that Certain Affinity’s battle royale would be canceled.
The offer details the job conditions, as well as the goals set by 343 for the future experiences of Halo.
Watch out for the following excerpt:
It is puzzling the mention of ”all players” and ”all platforms”, coinciding with Phil Spencer’s announcement regarding an Xbox commercial update event.
However, it is possible that it is a way of referring to platforms outside the Xbox ecosystem, such as Steam or hybrid consoles from ASUS, Lenovo, or MSI. There is also the possibility that, indeed, Halo games could reach PlayStation and Nintendo.
For now, it is best to wait until next week, when the Xbox commercial update event will be held. In the meantime, you can enjoy the Halo franchise on Xbox consoles, PC, and the Xbox Game Pass service.