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Microsoft on a Hiring Spree for Next Halo; Pushing Production Hard for E3 Gameplay Reveal?

by on March 15, 2014 10:38 AM 158

Microsoft has managed to keep the next Halo game under very tight wraps, and thanks to Game Studios President Phil Spencer we know that we’re going to know more about the game at E3. The gears of production seem to be spinning very fast at 343 Industries as Microsoft is hiring for them in full force.

In the last nine days a whopping 11 jobs opportunities have been posted for Halo, including a Sound Designer, four Software Development Engineers plus a Senior one and one in Test, a Graphics Engineer, a Multiplayer Level Designer, a Senior Concept Artist, and an Environment Artist.

While the wording of the ads doesn’t give new information about the game, the times match pretty perfectly for the studio switching gears in order to polish gameplay as much as possible with E3 in its sights.

With Bungie releasing Destiny in September and 343 unveiling the next Halo soon, it’s hard not to be excited for the upcoming few months.

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  • someguy

    I loved Halo 2, that was a classic. that was the reason i bought my 360 in the first place back in the day. I no longer have an xbox been some years now but i honestly wish MS has the success it graves and obviously Sony as well..competition breeds imagination and innovation so its good for us gamers. I will defintely give this game a shot when my cousin eventually gets it…along with other xb1 games.No need for me to buy the system but i can still enjoy it on some weekends when im at my cousin’s place.

  • Jonathan Crout

    roflmao trying tto rush oout game xb1 new dreamcast im gonna be pissed take your time with htis 1 idiots im not buying xb1 til this game is out not rushed

    • Averix

      Your spell check is defective.

    • Steph

      Seriously, try making sense champ

  • CervantesPR

    Microsoft has no choice but to keep milking what used to be halo. Destiny will be miles better sony better counter halo with uncharted

    • alchemistx24x7

      Milking..lol..It sells 10-14 million each time it drops..lol..No Sony 1st party game sells that much..lol..Talk about milking Gow, Uncharted..lol

      • Guest

        Yeah – although they don’t sell much as they are mostly SP games that can be borrowed or rented, they also have really high raitings and are widely acclaimed with many GOTY awards.

      • CervantesPR

        Gran turismo 5 sold 12 million units. And the last of us sold 6 million units, more than Gears of war, uncharted sells 5 million units a pop and milking status begins after a trilogy, halo and gears is becoming microsofts mario and luigi, a milking franchise.

        infamous second son will outsell xbox one Version of titanfall

        • Kam Williams

          Doubtful. Preorders for the Xbox One version were around 600K last time I heard and there a lot of people going digital download on that game thad didn’t preorder.

          In any event, the next Halo should be amazing given how good Halo 4 looked on old hardware. Definitely one to look out for. Of course when Gears drops I’m straight calling out sick for like 3 days. Lol.

        • Eagles83

          To be fair almost every 1st party franchise has been milked. All from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. There are no exceptions.

          Look at God of War (4 primary games, 2 handheld), Gears of War (only 4 games thus far), Halo (4 primary series games with a few spinoffs), Uncharted (3 primary, 1 handheld), and many others.

          Hell look at all of the 3rd party games that have been milked: Metal Gear, Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Need for Speed, etc.

          As long as the games are still fun who really cares if the franchise keeps going. Star Wars has been milked but people are still excited for the new trilogy but hoping it isn’t crap.

      • CervantesPR

        Gran turismo 5 sold 12 million, uncharted has outsold gears of war,the last of us sold 6 million units as well, dont know what your talking about, milking status is only after a 3rd game. With the exeption of waiting a few years before releasing a 4th game and foward.

        • alchemistx24x7

          My point exactly GT or uncharted has never out sold Halo and as far as Gears and uncharted Gears has out sold any and all uncharted combined..

          • shinitaru

            Yeah, that’s because PS gamers are a more diverse group. Xbox gamers buy the console for those shooters, its the main appeal of the system if that is what you like.
            Playstation is less focused on a single genre, the people who love RPG’s aren’t going to be as excited for Uncharted or God of War and vica versa. I bet if there were a way to total sales of all games on each system that they would be roughly equal, but there’s no way of proving that one way or the other

          • Eagles83

            Sony doesn’t really have RPG’s so that is kind of an odd comparison. Sony tends to have more platformers and adventure style games from their 1st party studios. Shooters just sell better than those other genres which explains the difference.

          • shinitaru

            They don’t make them, no but they have long been associated with JRPG’s. Till last gen, the were the home of Final Fantasy and even after it went multiplat, the Xbox versions of the games were a joke.
            Regardless, I only used it as an example. The fans of shooters may be the largest group, but they are not the majority. The number of people who like other genre are a bigger group but they are just not all fans of the same genre

          • Eagles83

            Yeah I just meant that those games are 3rd party and could be on Xbox as well but most likely never will be because of the poor Japanese sales for Microsoft consoles in Japan. I’m big into western style RPG’s personally as opposed to JRPG’s. They tend to have turn based combat that I don’t really like but that is just a preference thing on my part.

          • shinitaru

            I like turn based combat but I also enjoy action RPG’s too. I just love the intricacy and rich stories that you get with RPG’s.

            Anyway, that wasn’t really my point, I was just trying to demonstrate that saying “Game A” on the Xbox sold more than “Game Y” on the Playstation is a false equivalency and if the sales of all games were known, the boost from one game or another wouldn’t count for all that much. Xbox gamers love MP FPS’ and will buy them en mass when the are released whereas PS gamers spend just as much and but buy more diverse genre

          • Eagles83

            I agree that it is a false equivalency. I think shooters are just more popular overall and Sony does a piss poor job of marketing their games. They would sell more if they would actually advertise them.

          • Blaze Blue

            “that saying “Game A” on the Xbox sold more than “Game Y” on the Playstation is a false equivalency” and that can go vise versa. That goes to the both of you’s.

          • shinitaru

            Okay, I think I pretty much covered that possibility when I went on to say:

            “and if the sales of all games were known, the boost from one game or another wouldn’t count for all that much.”

          • Blaze Blue

            You really didn’t do such a great job proving that.

          • shinitaru

            Well duh, it was a supposition. It can’t be proven. Please at least try to keep up.

          • Blaze Blue

            I wish you would and be more direct

          • shinitaru

            Sorry, I’m not here to hold your hand. I think I was being pretty clear.

          • Blaze Blue

            Can’t be really serious? I think you are going to need a real teacher to teach you how to explain yourself better before you speak.

          • shinitaru

            whatever…don’t see anyone else having problems

          • Blaze Blue

            Other than yourself

          • shinitaru

            weak trolling is weak

          • shinitaru

            Besides, I think that you understand me just fine, you just don’t like what I have to say

          • Blaze Blue

            Well i definitely don’t like what you say and I know you know that what you say is full of bs

          • shinitaru

            Prove me wrong then

          • jb223

            Ni No Kuni last year did very well as a Sony rpg, I’d say Sony would probably only be second to maybe Nintendo in that genre, definitely more than MS though….I totally agree w/ shinitaru, Sony have a more diverse library of exclusives than any other platform easily, that’s the reason why I personally prefer that, everybody has their preferences though, they’re all totally valid

          • Eagles83

            Yes I agree they do but I was just pointing out that they have them for a separate reason. Xbox doesn’t sell in Japan and therefore the JRPG’s are released on Sony almost exclusively.

        • alchemistx24x7

          the numbers are rite there on those links i provided, but you fail to process facts..lol..Gears2 out sold any uncharted game again “Any Uncharted game” So would you consider Final Fantasy milking? MGS milking,GTA milking,God of war milking? GT milking,COD milking, Assassins creed milking,SOCOM milking and many more

        • Blaze Blue

          But what ever you just said, so being all those Sony playstation games you mentioned are those milking? Why bother to get in a conversation if its only going to make you look foolish. Oh yeah which one in particular naming of Sony p$3 games out sold Xbox 360?

      • Demetre HG

        Lmfao bahahaha

        • alchemistx24x7

          bahahaha..LMAO

          • Not A PC Gamer

            I don’t think you grew up in the 80’s.. That much is quite obvious..

      • jb223

        Sales have nothing to do w/ “milking a franchise”….I think everyone can agree that Call of Duty is the definition of a milked franchise and it puts up higher numbers than any other game….I’ve never understood why people equate sales w/ quality, when more often than not, the highest selling properties are the most lackluster & forgettable. Now when games are being put out despite lackluster sales, that’s the opposite of milking a franchise, there has to be a reason behind it, people that believe in the product. Either way, I’d say it’s safe to assume that the next entries into Sony’s exclusive library will sell far better than their prior ones did w/ their new lead in the west. The problem before was that these exclusives had a western focus, in a time where Microsoft had a stranglehold in that market….they’ve had a good tail though, I see more people converted to games like Uncharted & the Last of Us every day. If you look at the number of games that have Halo in the title vs. the amount of games that have Uncharted or God of War in the title, you will see that Halo most likely has twice the number of games that those titles do.

        • alchemistx24x7

          Sales have everything to do with “Milking” a franchise..If the game was not selling and losing money do you think they would “Milk” it??? Halo reach,Halo wars,Halo spartan assult,Halo odst, and all 4 Halo from Master chief story. God of war has..Gow, Gow2, Gow3, Gow Ascension, Gow chains of olympus, Gow ghost of sparta, Gow betrayal So twice the numbers Halo that of Gow think your facts are wrong…Uncharted has, Drakes fortune, Among thieves, Drakes deception, Golden abyss, and Fight for fortune also mind you uncharted came out i believe in holiday 2007…So if your comparing jus between Sony & MS exclude Nintendo cause Mario franchise would win this hands down but between both Sony has the upper hand by far and i didnt get started on SOCOM and a bunch of others..

          • jb223

            “Milking” refers to the creative well that’s being returned to, not the money derived from it….It doesn’t matter whether or not a company would be stupid to try to milk something, only whether or not it’s being done. Are you saying that if a product keeps selling every time it’s released that it’s not being milked? Again, COD is a prime example of what a milked franchise is, still sells gangbusters even though it’s pretty much the same game year in & year out.
            As far as Halo titles vs. GoW titles, it’s a bit of a stretch to include a proprietary early cell phone game that barely anyone even noticed that never actually added anything to the canon, but even if you do include that, then you’d have to also include the Anniversary Editions Halo is releasing, as well as the fact that Halo 5 has already been announced while no GoW title has at this point. I still don’t see where you get that Sony has been guilty of milking franchises more than Microsoft, granted they are closer than I originally said when you take into account everything that’s ever had the names attached, but the main difference I see is the amount of titles beyond that exclusive wise being released, I just see more variety on Sony’s platforms in first party exclusives than on Microsoft’s. Sony might be returning to the well fairly often, but there are plenty of other exclusives that are new & revived ip that MS don’t have relative titles for. Seems MS are trying to fix that this gen though so this could all reverse very easily but strictly going by the numbers I still personally see much more variety in Sony’s lineup than Microsoft’s.

          • JerkDaNERD7

            You have to consider Halo Universe. It’s like saying Star Wars was being milked when in fact most Halo fans are there for the story and it’s plot. It ha a following worth “milking” compared to ALL Sony titles.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            Sorry but I disagree.. Most Halo fans could give 2 cents about a single player campaign, much less the story. The only thing the majority of them care about is the MP.

          • JerkDaNERD7

            You disagree on something that is your own opinion?! LOL!

            Give me a break buddy, if anything there is a reason why they have more to it than just games. If it wasn’t for that, the story would mean NOTHING if it didn’t have a huge following for the very purpose of having novels and comics for it.

            So your statement of whether Halo fans just get it for MP is just full of crap. On top of that, a series being created with Spielberg as producer?!…your in denial of the facts.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            “You disagree on something that is your own opinion?! LOL!”

            What the hell are you on about? You trying to say I contradicted my statement? Where? Are you dyslexic?

            After attending the last 3 E3’s worked at gamestop as an assistant manager from 2004 to 2009 and speaking to gamers at E3 and where I work, I think it’s a safe assumption that most Halo kids are multiplayer centric idiots. That isn’t just a safe assumption its what I’ve seen from gamers during Halo’s peak popularity with Halo 2.

            And what does Spielberg have to do with anything? As much as I respect him as a Film Director, he didn’t do too good producting Falling Skies, or that other lame series about the pet alien.

            My experience tells me “THE MAJORITY OF HALO FANS” buy these games for the Multiplayer only.. so I think it’s you pal who is in denial of the facts..

      • Not A PC Gamer

        Are you a delusional dumb shit.. I think so.. As is anyone who praises MS and disses Sony.

        • alchemistx24x7

          “Are you a delusional dumb shit.. I think so.. As is anyone who praises MS and disses Sony”…LMAO Kid you have issues lol..

          • Not A PC Gamer

            No son, You’re speaking to an adult. Only a child like you could be so inept not to stand up and take notice on their lies and bullshit DRM that insulted us all.

            You either Don’t care what they tried to do or you simply turned a blind eye to it. Either way, you have no priniciples whatsoever since you decided to support the scumbags of gaming.. Microsoft.

            When you want to come back put your big boy pants on and converse with the adults here who aren’t the gullible and naive consumer you are.. let me know child.

            In the meantime.. go back and watch their Reveal.. which showed us all that they have their own agenda in mind and go back to the blatant disrespect they showed us all at E3.

            When you’re done with all that you can sit down and review their acts of desperation in the past few months.. everything from bribing youtube users (which is dispicable and the fact that you support scumbags like this makes YOU THE SCOURGE OF THIS INDUSTRY), to gimping the Kinect in order to get 8% more power from it.. to resorting to the cloud and directx12 all to compensate for the fact they fucked up with this console.

            You really are a clueless, and inept aren’t you son? Come back when you want to debate with the big boys.. because you sad microsoft supporters are the most Naive bunch out there..

          • alchemistx24x7

            To an “Adult”!!..”No Son”..lol..Mr.”Adult” Question is there Drm on Xb1?….I can say NO there is none. Were Sony going to do the same? Answer is yes. Here is a link to a Ps4 website..http://ps4daily.com/2013/06/sony-changed-playstation-4-drm-policy-after-xbox-one-outrage/ …And if you need more proof just let me Know cause there is tons, But what i have learned Sony Trolls have what i call “selective reading” which is a form of Dyslexia. Facts to a troll is like Cryptonite to superman but i”m patient and will help you through it.

            See the difference between both companies which speaks volumes were there both at financially and in the Business world..Microsoft will tell you what there doing good or bad like or not as oppose to Sony who more than MS tells you what you want to hear as to what you need to know..Do both lie to the consumer, All companies do it but some tend to tell the truth more than others and its usually those companies who are very successful like MS and unlike Sony.

            Its not solely Sony’s Passive approach or there frequent lies/illusions that bothers me as much as how childish Sony’s leadership are and that starts with Kaz Hirai, Yoshida down to Jack Trentton ( who just left sony) they took a company(minus Kaz he jus came in) but they managed to take Sony corp who was worth $110 billion dollor company in 2000 to as of 2day less than $16 billion while there debt is well over a $100billion..There Leadership has been horrid at best and there childish antics has been on display for years which reflects there struggling business to there childish fan base which in recent days another part of Sony’s “Leadership” team to a childish blow at MS again which actually got people in the media questioning Sony’s immature actions..

            Again MS ain’t no angel but compared too Sony MS are choir boys..

            I can’t answer or comment on the rest of your post cause to be honest it was just angry fanboyism rant.But hey were all adults Right..lol..

          • Scottthetitan77

            Honestly, I liked what Microsoft was going to sale me. Even though they are NOT Angels they put it out there, so I know what I was getting. Sony just wanted to hear what the response would be against DRM and use that as momentum to rally their brand. But people never notice the body language he gave when he said Sony will not do the same thing. It was like he knew his days at Sony was cut short by that remark, not by them firing him but he made a good decision to leave on a good sales of ps4 note, rather than being thought of sinking the ship by 2017.

          • shinitaru

            I find it amusing how you guys read into everything as being proof of Sony’s impending failure but see none of the signs of recovery.
            Mattrick did the same thing before he left MS and he used more than just body language

          • Not A PC Gamer

            These corporate slaves would rather boost about Microsoft’s financial superiority and their ability to buy out time released content and exclusives as if that was anything about to brag about. Meanwhile MS has a history of Monopoly which predates all the way back to the 90’s.

            I honestly think If I ever spoke to or met one of these Microsoft supporters I would bruise their shallow little egos so bad they would want to fight me physically. And as you know, Xbots and their disgusting bro gamer counterculture needs to go. They simply don’t deserve to be in this industry any longer.

          • Robbie Yarber

            After I read how Microsoft used the most underhanded tactics to crush Netscape and make that trash Internet Explorer dominant, I don’t care if I never buy another Microsoft product. I just sold my 360 and I’m not looking back.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            You read about that too… lol I wasn’t aware of that since just recently.. but I’m sure the Microsoft supporters think thats all just ancient history and blow it under the rug like everything else.

          • Robbie Yarber

            Oh yeah, and they’re still using those tactics. Such as if an Indie wants to develop for Xbox, they have to publish on Xbox first before any other platform.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            Absolutely sad bro.

          • Scottthetitan77

            See that is why there can not be an intelligent conversation on any forum pertaining to gaming. SONY wanted to do the same thing as MICROSOFT but saw the reaction and was like damn. I see that you like Jack Trenton in charge but he is also a business man for himself he made his money, he made YOU happy with Sony that was his job but at the end of the day he knew IF had he not gotten out his reputation would have been stained.But If you were to meet me in the streets you would be greeted with a “hey how are you?” because for me to physically put a hand on anyone regarding this stuff would make me feel like Im hitting a woman who was just trying to push me over the edge. So what are you??

          • Not A PC Gamer

            While I can’t argue this with certainty I don’t think you can either. Of course going all digital is what MS and the publishers wanted because it benefits them. As we stand right now though, Pubs and Devs are just going to have to wait another 5 to 7 to 8 years before they can start making a profit and used games sales don’t affect them as much. Again, you are one of these people that takes every article the internet spits out as golden.

            Oh and I never threatened you man.. please don’t think that..

            If I saw you in the streets, I wouldn’t come off like that to you man, I would be respectable.. probably a lot more than I am online. A real man can admit when he does something wrong and seeing as you replied to me in a calm manner, I’m going to show the same respect from now on despite what you believe to be my radical way out there difference of opinion.

          • Scottthetitan77

            And how might you read sir? legitimate sources say otherwise about Sony. Not saying that they are accurate but the man in charge seems to me to feel otherwise. Do you have any inside knowledge of Sony’s future more than he does? Mattrick left Microsoft because he knew he messed up or he did not care. Who really knows Microsoft’s future they can tank it at any time. Well in my years on earth the wolf is going to be a wolf no matter what and if it wears sheeps clothing to get a point across then he is still a wolf leading sheep. Hope that wasn’t to much for you to understand.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            Whats funny is you don’t seem like a stupid individual.. It makes me wonder why you would be backing the wrong horse… MORALLY.

          • shinitaru

            I have no knowledge of why Jack Tretton left and I don’t care to speculate, I’ll leave that to you.

            But Mattrick is a different deal, he clearly knew he was leaving and what he said seems like sabotage to me. You don’t just jump from one CEO job to another, especially if you leave under questionable circumstances. It takes months of negotiation to land a job like that. No, he landed the job at Zygna well before that and he threw a wrench into MS’ works on the way out the door.

            As for the signs of recovery, if you need a parallel, just look at Apple. 10 years ago, Apple was dead in the water. Everyone speculated that they would go chapter 13 at any moment but they turned it back around and are now the leader of the mobile market. How did they do it? The same things that Sony is doing right now. 1) They changed their image 2) they launched a cool new product that everyone wanted 3)focusing on what worked and cutting what didn’t, becoming a leaner company 4)developed a strategy, a plan for the direction they wanted to take the company.

          • Scottthetitan77

            Yeah you do just don’t want to say. There is no speculation just a man being in charge of himself. But I agree Sony can bounce back like Apple but they are not Apple. You are actually dealing with two different beast of a company. As I remember Apple sold nor gave up anything in that transition. Do you even know why Sony is failing? If you were a tech geek you would see why. Actually they are cutting what worked in my opinion. They are holding on to the very thing that Microsoft would let go in a heart beat. Not to say they should cut playstation just saying Xbox is just another way for Microsoft to get in front of some consumers. Sony could be making the right moves but when you look at the culture of Sony and how they view things we will soon find out.

          • shinitaru

            “Yeah you do just don’t want to say.”

            Don’t act like you know me, I have not problem speaking my mind. In this case I honestly don’t know nor care. There are a plethora of possible reasons, none of them are any of my concern.

            “If you were a tech geek you would see why.”

            I am a tech geek and I do know why, I’m not convinced that you do. Are you saying that you would have held on to the failing TV and Computer divisions and let go of Playstation? They are taking steps to correct the their past mistakes, some will work, other not so much but all of them will help them formulate the proper direction.

          • Scottthetitan77

            Haha!! So you basically admit Sony has made mistakes but kill Microsoft for making mistakes that they recently publically admitted. But you personally know Mattricks beheading right just by his keep the 360 statement. Man o Man good talking to you bro have fun with Infamous it looks great. Happy gaming from a gamer to a gamer.

          • shinitaru

            MS has never admitted to their mistakes. They say that their mistake was that they didn’t communicate their intentions very well but that is a lie, they communicated their intentions perfectly.
            Their real mistake was the assumption that their customers would eat sh*t then ask for seconds. Anyway, Thanks, I will have fun playing Infamous, and you enjoy Titanfall.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            The body language they gave? Oh boy.. lets talk about MS’s body language or that scumbag Don Mattrick’s body language when he proverbaly spit in the fan’s faces by telling people to stick with the 360 if they don’t have a reliable internet connection.

            You want to continue? Because I can dig up more things about how Microsoft lied to all of you 10 fold over anything Sony has done in the past.

            Again, I don’t think you are really capable of reading in between the lines here.

          • Robbie Yarber

            Don’t you love how that smug little prick basically insulted every member of our armed forces?

          • Scottthetitan77

            haha!!!

          • Not A PC Gamer

            He did and probably isn’t even aware that he did.

          • Scottthetitan77

            So what are you entitled? You seem to go off on these rants like someone owes you something. Man haha!!! You can go dig up as much dirt on Microsoft all you want I’m no slave to them. You are an Angry Joe but not the likable one. So are you happy with every smooth operation Sony has presented to you? Instead of looking up Microsoft take a deep look at Sony’s history and show me what you find but you will not do that probably haven’t tried. You have been quite a yawn I thought you were going to give me a history lesson on how big business works. If Sony and Microsoft switched names today you would know any different.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            Dude were you born in 77? That would make you close to my age. I’m surprised how anyone my age could turn a blind eye to everything they have done.

            I like Angry Joe, but I don’t follow youtubers.. most of them are narcissistic children who have egos the size of their inflated heads.

            Blackbond
            Shokio
            Blackbuster Critic
            NxtGen720

            All of them are idiots who If I ever had the pleasure of meeting in the streets I’d personally confront all these nerds.

            Back on topic.. I’m not happy about everything Sony is doing.. They need to fix the battery life of the controller, turn off the lightbar, add media support and DLNA through usb etc. But compared to how MS screwed up the X1 by producing a console that is underpowered and a Jack of all trades Master at none, that didn’t even have the common sense to include hdd management and a friggen battery indicator is beyond me. They have screwed me over on mutliple things I’ve bought over XBL and show no remorse for what they did by lying to the gamers at e3.. So I ask you… How can any logical and reasonable person trust these bastards after they lied to you!

            And speaking of lying to.. and speaking of your buddy Angry Joe, did you convienently forget that piece of human garbage Major Nelson lying to angry joe about the Drm not being able to be reversed?

            Oh and how MS lies and perpetrates.. they are betting on millions of simple minded mongrels to believe in the cloud, Direct X12 and their countless other lies when in reality there is nothing they can do to save the system from performing the same way PS3 did last gen.

            It’s funny how the roles are reversed for xbots this gen isn’t it?

            Oh and If Sony and MS switched names.. I think I’m fully capable of telling the difference between scumbags that push their own agenda on us and a company who thought about the developer and gamer first and foremost.

            I shouldn’t have to explain any of this and I suggest you review all the bad press they got since their reveal till now.

          • Scottthetitan77

            We almost got there with talking about gaming and how we just love to play. See the way I see it is at least you understand that neither company can fully satisfy and what really comes down to it is what do “I” enjoy the most. I know of all the bad press it has gotten but what I do know also is that they have gotten bad press since their inception and for now they are still here. What about the press that they are getting from spending billions to develop video games, the cloud (still up in the air for some to believe), hiring laid off workers. So young man everything is not put out to make us 100% happy. I see you are disappointed in Microsofts ways but I just like gaming from time to hell may Gamerscore is like crap and I’ve been an Xbox live member since its inception almost. I do not like some stuff Microsofts puts out but it’s the system for my lifestyle. Gaming is not a moral thing to me it fades and goes away overtime. Companies are what they are if you and me were personal friends I can show you what companies have to go through to appeal to people and by the end of the day you would just laugh and say f-it Im just going to play the damn game.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            Fair enough man..

          • Not A PC Gamer

            Like I said, you couldn’t defend Microsoft’s business practices with me if you tried kid… I’ll check back tomorrow.. this will be fun! :)

    • Demetre HG

      lmfao Uncharted is dead and so is Phonies

      • shinitaru

        As a Playstation fan, I’m hoping that you are right. I want Naughty Dog to come up with something new and better. Just like Crash Bandicoot & Jak & Daxter which had their moment on each of the previous consoles it is time for them to move on and make the next iconic IP for the PS4

        • Kingdom17

          One new Jak and Daxter game couldn’t hurt though.

    • Steph

      Lol halo and destiny are way different games and uncharted even more so. So ND will keep milking uncharted just as u mention Microsoft will do with halo…..

  • alchemistx24x7

    Halo aint coming out to 2015 so they can take advantage of Directx12. And with the success of Titanfall, 343 can take there time also MS has never rushed a Halo game so for those saying so Your worries are unfounded not to mention Phil Spencer and others has already stated this.But on the flip side if it dont come out this year many will still be crying so its a lose,lose on MS front.

    • superkarma

      Success of Titanfall? It’s been almost a week since release and still no sales figures. By Microsoft’s own admission, they saw a huge player drop-off from the beta to retail.

      • Eagles83

        Of course. Beta was free for everyone whereas the retail requires money. That kind of goes without saying.

        • superkarma

          Understood. However, one would expect the “most anticipated game of the year” would at least get a million sales within the launch week. I would actually expect that to happen during the first 24 or 48 hours…but neither of those happened.

          • Eagles83

            I played the Beta and did have fun but I don’t really care about multiplayer shooters. If it had a single player campaign I probably would have picked it up. Multiplayer games tend to get boring quickly to me due to the repetition.

            It also came out on PC so some people may have played the beta on console and picked it up for the PC instead.

            I’m not sure what the sales numbers are but I bet the majority will be on 360 when it releases followed by PC.

      • Jessie Bristol

        Well, Microsoft didn’t admit a huge drop off. Respawn said they had 2 million people in the Beta. Microsoft reiterated that (because the game uses Microsoft’s servers across all platforms), but never stated how many people played on Xbox One. If it were half and half, then they almost reached it with their statement of “hundreds of thousands of players.” But of course, we won’t know real statistics until Microsoft or Respawn announce them.

    • Steph

      Not really, xbox fans are expecting a Halo 2 remake this year not Halo 5 so it’s a win/win for Microsoft and nobody will be crying bud

    • Guest

      You gotta love these delusionaly optimistic children…

  • Steph

    Looking forward to Halo news at E3

  • Sci0n

    343 studios really sucks and has nothing on bungie. I am so glad bungie is free from microsofts choke hold and will be developing destiny along with some console exclusivity perks on the PS4. Bungie is the only reason I gave the first xbox a shot and bought a 360 and as good as bungie is as developers microsofts crumby policies couldn’t keep me satisfied on the 360 for long. All Halo is now is a name with very shallow gameplay.

    • Just Me

      343 > Bungie

    • Robbie Yarber

      That’s why I don’t feel bad about selling my 360. Halo 4 was boring shit.

    • Eagles83

      Microsoft’s choke hold? You realize that Microsoft released them to be an independent company again right. They didn’t have to do that.

      • shinitaru

        Release? No, they didn’t just let them go, from what I heard, Bungie made an ultimatum, take the Halo franchise and let them go, or they would dissolve the company and kill Halo leaving them with nothing. Bungie’s contract was up, they weren’t under any further obligation

        • Eagles83

          Well you heard incorrectly. I’ve pasted a forum thread below where Bungie said otherwise. Anything else was just rumor.

          http://www.psu.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-240728.html

          • shinitaru

            And yours is just PR. I’m sure that MS just let them go to develop games for their competition out of the goodness of their heart.

          • Eagles83

            You can only go by what they themselves said. Anything else is idle speculation.

            I didn’t say they let them go out of the goodness of their heart. Part of the deal was to retain the rights to Halo. They did it for several reasons. 1) It was the right thing to do especially for the one dev that kept them alive in the beginning, 2) The backlash would have been damaging to their brand if they didn’t, and 3) It didn’t hurt them to do so since they retained the rights.

          • shinitaru

            I don’t have to believe anything they say. That’s just standard non-disclosure and professional courtesy on Bungie’s part. You don’t talk smack about a former employee, just bad form. But you are missing a vital piece here. If MS was so great, if they had such a great understanding, why did Bungie want to leave? They could have stayed on and made Destiny a MS exclusive.
            I’ll tell you, they left because as long as they were under MS, they would never make anything but Halo sequels

          • Eagles83

            That is just speculation. No one knows that or could know that for sure. Just saying it over again doesn’t mean that it is true. It could be true but it could be false as well.

            Maybe they left on good terms and just wanted to be independent again which didn’t last long anyway. There could have been something else going on under the table that we don’t know about. Money from Activision could have been very enticing.

          • shinitaru

            Oh, I see. Its okay for you to speculate. As you say not way of proving any of this wrong nor right, same goes for you though.

            We shall have to agree to disagree, I have no way of proving my point and you’ve said nothing compelling enough to make me change my opinion

          • Eagles83

            Well I try not to speculate unless I’m trying to play devil’s advocate with someone that is speculating. The things that I said should be fairly obvious deductions but could be called speculation. Point taken.

          • shinitaru

            Only obvious from your point of view. Personally, seeing as how there’s no precedent for it, I think that it is clear that there was something fishy about the whole business.

          • Eagles83

            Isn’t it obvious to you that there would have been a major internet backlash if they didn’t let them go? That kind of speculation seems like a no-brainer to anyone.

          • shinitaru

            Of course there would have been, that further demonstrates my point. MS had no choice, it was not some altruistic gesture on their part. Either they let them go or they would have lost the Halo IP and lost Bungie as well as looking like class A dicks. That was my point from the start of this conversation

          • Eagles83

            Well I was just talking about the speculation criticism that you had with my comment.

            It was probably one of the major reasons but my point is that you just can’t simply state it as fact since neither of us is in a position to know for sure and all we have to go on is Bungie’s word. They could come out now and say otherwise but they haven’t done so. Regardless I feel that we have exhausted this topic. :)

            By the way I like your icon.

  • Not A PC Gamer

    The first 2 games actually had a great little story.. But unfortunately to those of us who have our principles intact.. we will no longer be supporting Microsoft or the xbox brand ever again so No a lot of us won’t be continuing the series.

    I’m sorry when a company treats their customers like shit, that isn’t an excuse to follow your favorite game franchises on that platform any longer.. Unless you have no integrity or self respect that is..

    • Just Me

      “a lot of us”

      Speak for yourself, white boy.

      • Not A PC Gamer

        I am a whiteboy.. you some kind of a racist? You think NxtGen720 is a moron because his skin is black as well?

        Anyhow most Halo Fans are Mellenial babies who were born post 1987 and who believe MP gaming is someone superior to a good story based campaign.. This is exactly what I’ve seen so yes.. “a lot of them” are like this.

    • Robbie Yarber

      As far as I’m concerned Bungie brought Halo to its logical conclusion, they neatly tied up the story.

      • Eagles83

        Well Bungie wasn’t perfect. Their “Reach” game was completely different than the Halo lore from the books. Pretty much ruined the story in the last game from them.

        • Robbie Yarber

          Yeah, I did not like Reach at all. Thankfully you can play Halo and Halo 2 on PC. I’m just waiting for a good 360 emulator so I can play Halo 3.

          • shinitaru

            Same here, I played the first 2 but they don’t seem to want to let us have Halo 3. I just want to finish the story. 6 years is a long time to hide from spoilers but so far I’ve been successful

          • Robbie Yarber

            If you wanna play a real good Halo-like game on PS3 I highly recommend the Resistance trilogy. It’s one of the most intense first person shooters I have ever played.

          • Eagles83

            I really tried to get into Resistance but just couldn’t do it. I only played the first one though so maybe it got better.

          • Robbie Yarber

            I was the same at first, but I think cause I was comparing it to Halo. It is totally different from Halo and is a really great atmospheric game.

          • Eagles83

            I may give it another shot at some point.

          • shinitaru

            I played the first 2 but the 3rd one caused issues with my PS3. Now I don’t even have a PS3 anymore, moved on to the new gen.
            Mistake? maybe….

          • Robbie Yarber

            Hmm, I’m keeping my PS3, even though PS Now is due to launch this Summer, but I dunno how well it will run on my internet. I’ll try a few games and if it runs ok I might consider selling my PS3.

          • shinitaru

            It should run okay on mine, I’m more concerned about my licenses. I have a massive digital library. I’m not going to feel to happy about buying them again

          • Robbie Yarber

            Yeah, the backwards compatibility problem is why I’m leaning towards giving PC another chance.

          • shinitaru

            PC gaming is my first love, I only game on consoles because of the drought in PC games we suffered last gen. There are fun things to play on the consoles, I will probably always own at least one now, but if given the choice, I always buy PC versions

          • Robbie Yarber

            Which graphics card do you recommend? I bought a GTX 760, but returned it for a Wii U.

          • shinitaru

            That’s a great card, I just have a GTX 660 ti but so far I’ve had no trouble maxing out any game.

          • Robbie Yarber

            I had trouble with Assassin’s Creed IV, but apparently it’s a very demanding game.

            So I should give the 760 another try?

          • shinitaru

            I haven’t tried ACIV on PC, I rented it for my PS4. Looks pretty good but I’m sure that the PC would be better. Yeah, the 760 is a nice card, coming down in price now too

          • Robbie Yarber

            To be honest I’m actually perfectly fine with Half-Life on PC, IMO its story is better than Halo’s. Now if only Gabe can finish Half-Life 3! xD

          • shinitaru

            Yeah, I own the entire Source library on Steam, that and a huge backlog of other games I bought through sales and Humble Bundles…I’m kind of OCD about game purchases

    • Eagles83

      Oh yes more dribble about Microsoft being evil. Could you be more of a drama queen?

      • Not A PC Gamer

        Could you be more of a stubborn donkey that is incapable of seeing travesties that happen right in front of your nose. It’s ok, Microsoft supporters are like that.. Always willing to gobble up mediocrity up and down the board.

        Microsoft has a history of monopoly kiddo and I suggest you read up on before you try to bury their blunders under your security blanket at night.

        • Eagles83

          Whether you want to admit it or not the gaming industry is not doing so well. Several devs/publishers went out of business last gen and there will be more to come unless something gives. It will either come down to an increase in the price of games, a rise in microtransactions of the pay to win variety, or some kind of DRM to prevent many of the sales being lost to second hand markets.

          I support both Sony and Microsoft. What you are proposing is the definition of a monopoly so I think you should be the one to do some research.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            You make a fair point here.. but at the same time didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know..

            However your last paragraph still tells you failed to get my point at all.. There wouldn’t be a monopoly without MS.. there is still Nintendo and anyone else who might be considering getting into the market like Google and apple.

            And no I wasn’t saying having only Sony around is a good thing.. because they screwed up too with PS3.. but in the same breath, I don’t consider MS healthy competition.

          • Eagles83

            Nintendo even says they are not competition for Sony. They cater to the kiddy market where Sony and Microsoft do not. Nintendo is a trend setter and could care less what anyone else does. I think my point still stands.

            Sure Microsoft screwed up at e3 but the only real problems that I had with their strategy was the 24 hour check in. If it was more like Steam in the 2 weeks to a month range then it wouldn’t have been a big deal. What did Sony do at e3? Everyone talked about the great e3 that they had but they only showed like 3 games. The only positive thing they did was to not fall on their own sword. They had the benefit of going after Microsoft and basically just had to shut up but if you really look at it their e3 announcement in a vacuum…….it sucked.

            It’s time to start judging Microsoft by what they released and not by what they announced. They at least have tried to change the product into what customers wanted. Sony hasn’t changed anything. People want them to disable the stupid glowing light and they flat out say no. Not a maybe or we will look into it……….just a “F U” get used to it. I personally would have rather had the Xbox One that was announced because I liked what it could do. Play a disc game without having to put the disc in the machine, family sharing plan, etc. Now it lost many of its cool features for the sake of being like the Playstation.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            If I had a choice of monopoly I would choose Sony’s monopoly over Microshafts..

            I think you need to do some research pal.. and do some soul searching while your at it because you support the cancer of gaming.. That’s all that really needs to be said here.

          • Eagles83

            Ok you are dishonestly putting words in my mouth. I have said numerous times that I hate the fact that Microsoft has an Xbox Live paywall for watching Netfilx, VUDU, etc. That is complete rubbish and needs to stop.

            In a perfect world we would never have DRM, pay to win, microtransactions, day one updates, etc. This world does not exist. Realizing that is the first step to making the best of the situation. I don’t support Microsoft on the DRM. I support the game devs and wish for them to be paid more so that they can continue to develop more games that I would like to play. If that means having to put up with a certain level of DRM then I am ok with that as long as the benefits outweight the negative which would have been the case on Xbox One with the game sharing plan.

            Do what you want but neither company is perfect and you are blowing this out of proportion.

      • shinitaru

        Evil? No. Excessively greedy would be a more accurate description. Microsoft doesn’t handle competition well. They are used to offering products and having a customer base that has no choice but to buy whatever they offer. They love the planned obsolescence model, while a new product is being marketed, its replacement is already being developed and the demand for it will be assured when support is pulled from the previous versions that were barely finished troubleshooting before becoming obsolete.

        If MS somehow wins and the Playstation brand fails, god help you all. You will be increasingly paying more and getting less for it.

        I won’t be joining you, I will go back to PC gaming and emulation

        • Eagles83

          The same crap applies to Sony. Do you not remember their proprietary memory sticks in their cameras or the special memory used in the PSP and Vita as well as the cost compared to other types of memory? They don’t like competition either and try to lock down their customers to their brand. Sony is a corporation that worries about the bottom line like all other corporations. They are not the “good guys”.

          Also only the first xbox had the support pulled. They are going to support the 360 platform like Sony did for the PS2. That point is irrelevant.

          Of course I would have preferred the Xbox One cost less but it was worth it to me as I love the voice commands on the new Xbox. I can turn it on as well as my tv and surround sound receiver with two words. Then navigate to the app and show that I want to watch in seconds while I am cooking something in the kitchen. The hands free nature of it is very appealing to me. You may not think so but that is your opinion.

          I’m primarily a PC gamer but the emulation thing is wrong if you don’t own the game. I hope you are not using it illegally.

          • shinitaru

            No, Sony has co-existed with competing companies since way before MS was even a twinkle in Bill Gates’ eye. They have always produced some of the best technologies on the market. They are expensive and the are very arrogant but they believe in providing quality and value, which is the primary reason they are in trouble now. They didn’t adapt to a struggling economic situation. They produce the best at a premium but that’s not what sells anymore.

            No, they are not the good guys but they look like angels compared to a company who’s business model is stealing from other companies.

          • Eagles83

            Sony is having trouble in their tech business not because it is the best but because they are charging a premium for a name that is no longer worthy of it. Samsung is kicking their butt in the TV market with a superior product that is cheaper. The same thing happened with the Vaio PC line which is being sold off. You can’t sell a product for $300 more that is either the same or worse than a competitor and expect to stay in those businesses.

            How is Microsoft’s business model stealing from other companies? Could you provide me an example of this?

          • shinitaru

            I can provide you with plenty, Windows was stolen from Apple, Internet Explorer was stolen from Netscape Navigator, Messenger was stolen from ICQ, DirectX was stolen from OpenGL, Media Player stolen from Winamp, MS Word=Wordperfect, MS SQL=MySQL

            The list goes on and on. They are notorious for it. In fact, they’ve been known to steal someone’s IP then turn around and sue original creators for copywrite infringment

          • Eagles83

            You do know that releasing a competing product in the market that does more or less the same thing is not “stealing”. In that case Sony and Microsoft are stealing from Nintendo when they create their consoles.

            I’ll agree in the case of Windows however as that was actually stealing.

          • shinitaru

            Not the same, how it was in the early days, computing was still new there were lots of things that nobody had thought to do. When a little company like lets say Nullsoft made Winamp that was new and filled a niche, gaining popularity. Everybody used it on both Mac & PC.
            MS takes the idea. makes Media Player, bundles it with Windows so now everyone has it on their PC, whether they wanted it or not. Average end user doesn’t like having a whole bunch of apps that do the same thing and winamp has to be downloaded…get the idea?

            In other cases they took it a step further, like with Netscape Navigator, that actually made that program incompatible with Windows while promoting their new web browser, Internet Explorer (still sucks).

            They did the same thing to many little developers and apps, not because they wanted to make money off of those competing products, as you know most are free. They did it because they didn’t want to share the market and didn’t want anyone getting big enough to compete with them.

          • Eagles83

            All companies want to be the hub for a particular product or category. Sony tried to win the living room last generation by including bluray player, apps, and the ability to install linux. It is exactly the same thing Microsoft is doing this gen. No one starts a business and says we are fine having a decent segment share. They all want to dominate the category as it is just good business.

            Microsoft released IE (while crappy after version 5) was free compared to Netscape which was not. That was a smart move. I think I used Winamp back in the day but I quit using it because I thought it wasn’t designed well or very intuitive. Media Player was far easier to use but not as powerful. For most users who just want to play a video or listen to music it was good enough and a nice feature for a built in application for Windows.

          • shinitaru

            Wow, you are just the perfect consumer, aren’t you. you also have no idea what you are talking about. Netscape Navigator was free.

            This conversation is over

          • Eagles83

            You like to act smart but you really don’t know what you are talking about. Netscape Navigator was eventually released free to the public but it did not start out that way. I’ve pasted a link below so that you can learn something.

            http://www.blooberry.com/indexdot/history/netscape.htm

          • shinitaru

            Bullsh*t, there was always a free version of the software, you only had to pay if you were using some of the advanced features like the HTML editor and that was called Netscape Communicator. The freeware version was every bit as complete as IE. The only reason that IE ever got any traction is because MS made the browser incompatible with Windows, an action that landed Bill Gates in front of the DOJ

          • Eagles83

            Yes it became free in 1998. It started in 1994 and you were talking about Microsoft copying them. Well when IE first started it was free and Netscape wasn’t. You are simply just wrong.

          • shinitaru

            I have to post this again? Netscape Navigator was always free, Netscape Communicator was the one that had a fee.

            you are simply lying

          • Eagles83

            Actually you are being dishonest. In the “Origin” section of the same wiki you will see the statement below. Learn to READ.

            “However, within 2 months of that press release, Netscape apparently reversed its policy on who could freely obtain and use version 1.0 by only mentioning that educational and non-profit institutions could use version 1.0 at no charge.[5]

            The reversal was complete with the availability of version 1.1 beta on March 6, 1995, in which a press release states that the final 1.1 release would be available at no cost only for academic and non-profit organizational use. Gone was the notion expressed in the first press release that Navigator would be freely available in the spirit of Internet software.”

          • shinitaru

            That doesn’t change the fact that there was always a freeware version of the software. A fact you continue to carefully ignore.

            Quit lying, apologist. Regardless, it doesn’t change the fact that a multi billion dollar conglomerate destroyed hundreds of small developers by buying out the market and stealing IP’s.

            But that’s okay since you like one of their products.

          • Eagles83

            Yes a freeware version for business and schools but not for consumers like me and you. That isn’t a very good “free version” as you call it.

            This is what I don’t like about you. You claim that Microsoft was holding the industry back……….really. Look who was trying to do something new this gen. Sony was releasing a more powerful but less capable version of the PS3 in the PS4. Nothing wrong with that necessarily because it is a good console but it wasn’t trying to innovate. Microsoft on the other hand was trying to push it forward by going online only. This is the future but not a future that everyone can partake in. Sure people with bad connections couldn’t do it but progress means pushing forward whether or not everyone likes it. By changing their policy to what people like you wanted is holding the industry back.

            You make statements that are incorrect or immature and get mad when someone points it out. I’m not a Microsoft fanboy of any sort because I hate a lot of stuff that they do. The one thing that I will stand behind them on was their original plan because I was looking forward to it. Their Xbox Live paywall is terrible, Metro interface is awful, forcing users to upgrade their operating system to get the new version of DirectX, etc. They do several things that suck but it is possible to take things one at a time and not combine everything together. Sony is great at several things and bad at others. It would also be a mistake to say they are bad because of this or that.

            I’d rather talk to someone that wants to have an honest conversation anyway so I’m fine with you being done.

          • shinitaru

            No, the Netscape freeware was available to everyone. If you wanted to buy the full version with HTML editor and email client, you could but you didn’t have to. You have no idea what you are talking about, you probably only know what you’ve read somewhere. I was there at the time. I never paid for NN and I used it up till MS made the software incompatible with Windows.

            Microsoft wasn’t trying to push things forward, the were trying to use that concept to take away any pretense of ownership. We saved you fools from your own stupidity. You’re welcome
            That is a future that no one can partake in, only MS

            See you around apologist.

          • Eagles83

            Whatever. I’m tired of having this discussion.

          • shinitaru

            but you really really want to have the last word. Okay, will let you have it after this…..

          • shinitaru

            refresh:

          • Eagles83

            You just clipped out the part that fit your viewpoint from Wikipedia. Congrats.

          • shinitaru

            And you clipped yours out of a different article to fit your lie, congratulations.

          • Eagles83

            Actually i pasted a link and didn’t clip anything out. Again you are wrong.

          • shinitaru
          • dranzer1

            Dat lie Gates made Windows OS before he knew Apple existed

          • shinitaru

            No, Bill Gate didn’t make Windows at all, it was made by a team. But they were hired as consultants buy Apple and made Windows on the side while working for them. Know your history, troll

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