“Anyone can get lucky once. This is our sophomore effort; this is where we prove whether we can really pull Halo off,” says 343 Industries senior producer Alex Cutting in a new Halo 5: Guardians ViDoc.
A Hero Reborn focuses on the challenges and where 343 wants to take Halo with Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo has always been known for its story, but 343 wants to take it to a whole new level.
At the heart of Halo 5: Guardians’ is a story about “two families” according to 343’s narrative lead Brian Reed.
“If you don’t have those quiet little human stories, it doesn’t matter how many planets you blow up, nobody’s going to care,” says Reed.
The “two families” are Blue Team and Osiris Team.
Before Halo 5: Guardians, we’ve never seen anyone quite like Master Chief. There were Spartans in Halo 4, but none of them could compare to Master Chief. That’s where Blue Team comes in. They were raised and fought alongside Chief. 343 talks about how Blue Team will bring out a side of Master Chief we haven’t seen before in a Halo game.
343 expanded on Chief’s dialogue in Halo 4, and look to take it even further with Halo 5: Guardians.
We also learn a few more things about Osiris Team. The four have haven’t seen major combat together, but each brings a unique set of skills to their new mission. 343 notes Vale’s knowledge of Sangheili as particularly important. That will come in handy as Locke and Osiris team work alongside the Arbiter and his Elites in Halo 5: Guardians.
343 also touch on gameplay and presentation in the video. Innovation is a key pillar for the development team. Some of it is technical, such as 60 frames per second and dedicated servers. Others are gameplay focused such as the new squad mechanic.
You can order members of Blue or Osiris Team to pick up weapons, jump in vehicles, attack certain enemies and more. But, 343 also wrestled with making sure your teammates aren’t too good. The focus still needs to be on the player.
Today’s video gives Halo fans an inside look at how 343 Industries is making Halo 5: Guardians. Watch the whole thing, as there’s a lot more I didn’t touch on.
We’ll see if 343 can deliver on their sophomore effort on October 27th.