According to 343 Industries; it is Halo’s fans that influence the development of the franchise more than Microsoft itself.
There is no doubt that Halo is Microsoft’s darling when it comes to gaming division, but according to Design Director at 343 Industries, Kevin Franklin, it’s the fans who influence the development of the game more than anyone else.
Speaking with Finder, Franklin said that 343 Industries actively listens to community feedback, around which the game is built. He mentioned Arena and Warzone game mode as some of the things based on fans’ demands:
I wouldn’t say very much at all! I think the fans influence Halo more than Microsoft. Look at what we’re launching this year, like Arena, our competitive mode that’s built for e-sports. That’s what the fans are asking for; our hardcore competitive community were asking for that, it wasn’t Microsoft asking for it.
He also remembered visiting hundreds of forum posts to see what fans wanted from the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians and tried to build the Warzone game mode around the fans’ demands:
Warzone was designed by the fans in a lot of ways, too. I remember going back and reading hundreds and hundreds of forum posts, and everyone would make these bullet point lists of what they wanted to see in the next Halo game.
Halo 5: Guardians is scheduled to release on Oct. 27, 2015 exclusively on Xbox One.
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