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MS: We're confident in Halo's future without Bungie

Xbox COO hails 343's 'wave of Halo innovation'

Microsoft says it's optimistic about future of the Halo franchise post-Bungie, and praised the "wave of Halo innovation" being brought in by new studio 343 Industries.

Microsoft's CFO and COO of the Interactive Entertainment Business, Dennis Durkin says he's confident on the basis that the individuals at 343 already have a wealth of Halo development experience.

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"I feel great about the future of Halo. The team that we built inside 343 industries - a lot of them have been working on Halo at some point throughout their careers and those teams are kind of... as you know, development teams are very, very fluid," he told Industry Gamers.

"So if you went and looked at the pedigree of a lot of those people, at some point over the course of the past 10 years, they've been on Halo products,"

"They've also been extensively involved in building many of the map packs in the recent releases, so they've got great experience with that. They've got great experience in working on the new 10-year anniversary title for Combat Evolved and then building out Waypoint. Our [343] team, that's the team that built out Waypoint...

"And a lot of the same storytellers who are writing the stories are the ones who were writing the stories for those future arcs around that next wave of Halo innovation. So a combination of all those things give me great optimism about the investments we're making around that franchise," he continued.

"I think this holiday is going to be great with the 10-year anniversary and sort of that gift of being able to play Halo 1 again, remastered. I think that will wet people's whistle again for the new Halo 4 that's coming the following holiday. So I actually really feel good about the cadence and sequencing of building up that team."

Microsoft's Phil Spencer has already pointed to one of 343's tweaks. Halo: CE Anniversary will have Kinect support, which the original didn't. Obviously.

[ SOURCE: Industry Gamers ]

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