343 taken off Halo as single-player content canceled claims rumor

Halo Master Chief lying dead

This was not a good week for Halo fans (pic: Fandom)

Rumors suggest that 343 Industries will no longer make Halo games themselves and that the core games will no longer have story campaigns.

It’s not been a good few days for Microsoft, and especially not for Halo developer 343 Industries, with reports of mass layoffs that have hit the single-player team of Halo Infinite more than any other.

Although redundancies have affected all Microsoft studios, some of those who left 343 years ago have criticized the cuts, blaming bad management at Xbox – an increasingly familiar accusation for the division in general.

If new rumors are true it’s one that Microsoft has accepted, with a report suggesting that 343 will be taken off ‘active development’ of the Halo series and will merely oversee other third party studios as they create new games and content.

It’s seemed increasingly obvious that something had to change at 343, given the problems they’ve suffered with delays, bug-ridden games, and poor support but if these rumors are correct Microsoft’s answer is to distance them from the development process so that the only thing they make any more is the game’s graphic engine.

More than that, it’s suggested that the decision has already been made that single-player only content for Halo is no longer cost effective, at least when made by 343, and that initial plans for story-based DLC for Halo Infinite have already been canceled .

343 already relies on outside studios to create much of the multiplayer content for Halo Infinite, albeit companies that have an existing relationship with Microsoft and/or Halo, such as Certain Affinity – which is staffed by a number of ex-Bungie developers.

As you might imagine, this means additional job losses at 343, with the initial rumor suggesting they could lose around a third of their current workforce.

At the same time, plans are supposedly beginning to form for a follow-up to Halo Infinite, as well as new spin-off titles that will be franchised out to other studios. This could apparently include new single-player games but ones with a lower budget than is normal for the series.

As calamitous as all this sounds, the source (writing in French, in an exhaustingly long Twitter thread) feels the news is generally positive in terms of the health of the franchise overall, even if it’s disappointing for fans who enjoyed the story aspects of Halo the most.

They also point out that in terms of multiplayer content this won’t actually be that much of a change, as the majority of content for Season 2 of Halo Infinite was already being made by outside companies.

Bathrobe Spartan has been accurate about Halo inside information before, while podcaster Ains claims to have corroborated at least the multiplayer aspects of the story.

Obviously, we’ll have to wait until there’s some kind of official announcement from Microsoft but at this point it wouldn’t be at all surprising if these rumors proved to be substantially true.

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