Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian says he's hopeful Microsoft will dedicate all the time and resources needed to ensure Halo 4 is a high-quality release.
In an interview with GameSpot, Seropian was asked how he feels about the Halo franchise being in hands of Microsoft and 343 Industries. His outlook was optimistic, thanks to the presence of a strong, passionate team.
"It's so crazy in an interesting way. I've been an observer for a while now. So much has gone on with the franchise. I will say the encouraging thing is that I know a lot of the folks at Microsoft working on it and they are great people," he said.
"I'm very hopeful that the team there is very fantastic. They are certainly treating it with a lot of care and respect. And applying the resources you'd like to see applied to a franchise like that. I'm hopeful that it will continue to bring the high production value and cool experiences it's known for."
Seropian admitted to being "a little bit" nervous about Halo 4, but said he doesn't expect Microsoft or 343 to drop the ball.
"I don't think I can be anything other than hopeful that it will be great. We'll see. Halo is one of the crown jewels in the Microsoft gaming IP, if not the crown jewel, so you would expect nothing less than for them to take the time needed and apply the resources needed to make it great. I would be pretty surprised if they wiffed it.
"Maybe it will bring a fresh perspective, and that's so hard because there's so many fans that are used to a particular thing that bringing something new is often...it's hard to bring something new to a franchise that's so established. I'm looking forward to it."
It has been rumoured that Halo 4 will finally be unveiled at an Xbox Spring Showcase event being held in the US this week.
Last week, Seropian co-founded a new development studio set to focus on the production of mobile titles for core gamers.