As fans eagerly await further Halo Infinite updates following the layoffs, an insider speculates that its development roadmap will continue as planned.
Following layoffs at Microsoft, the company Infinite Halo Development is rumored to remain unchanged at 343 Industries. The announcement left many fans wondering what the future of Infinite Halo would look like, given that 343 Industries was among the major divisions affected within the tech giant. Now it seems there is some clarity about the future of the franchise.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced it was laying off 10,000 jobs, across various industries including Xbox, 343, Bethesda and a few others, in a bid to cut company expenses and adjust for the year. coming. Following the news, it was revealed that Infinite HaloDirector Joe Staten was also leaving 343 and that the studio’s campaign team would restructure. In 2020, Staten was specifically brought in at 343 to lead Infinite Halo, although his departure after two years does not bode well for the studio. However, a notable insider claims that might not be the case for the Halo franchise in general.
According to Bathrobe Spartan, a known insider, Infinite HaloThe 2023 roadmap would remain unchanged despite the layoff news. Spartan’s long Twitter thread points out that the majority of departures from 343’s creative and narrative content teams are due to “diverging visions” inside the studio. This refers to 343’s prioritization of live service elements as opposed to the challenges of developing solo content and sustainable monetization options for the studio, the insider claims. Nevertheless, Spartan further mentions that some of the existing 343 Infinite Halo projects with other studios will continue, including the Forge with Skybox Labs, maps and content with Sperasoft, and co-developed modes and items with Certain Affinity.
At this point, it’s unclear how 343 will approach narrative single-player content for Halo in the near future as the studio has yet to reveal any concrete plans after the layoffs. On the other hand, it could mean that the long rumored Infinite Halo The battle royale mode could become a reality, given how the current strategy points to a possible focus on the multiplayer elements of the game.
Spartan bathrobe also states that 343’s future with the series would come down to two focal points, to coordinate the follow-up to Infinite Halo and possibly franchise Halo license to other studios. Time will tell if any of these speculations will turn into reality. But it remains to be seen how things play out beyond 2023 and much of that will come down to Microsoft’s own long-term vision for its gaming future with 343. Although some fans dispute that given that Microsoft plans to pay a bill of $68.7 billion. to acquire Activision Blizzard while reducing its operations around Halo development, its own flagship product that made Xbox a hit decades ago.
Infinite Halo is available on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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