If you haven't heard it yet, then I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news: 343 Industries and Microsoft have confirmed that Halo 5: Guardians will not natively support LAN play or split-screen in any capacity on its release date for the Xbox One. God damn it, guys - you had one job! I admit, it's glorious to have all of the Halo games in a now functioning package with Halo: The Master Chief Collection - where split-screen will always be available.
But removing it from Halo 5 was a really bad idea. What's the reasoning behind this massive change to one of the most successful franchises in gaming? Graphics....graphics. In order to make Halo 5 "the biggest Halo game to date" on Xbox One, 343 Industries felt that split-screen would "compromise the gameplay" and "visual bar" that they have set.
We've seen this happen a lot lately on the Xbox One and PS4. Modern gaming isn't interested in split-screen. Whether publishers see it as a threat to additional sales or this whole "graphics" pitch they continuously make is accurate, we can't really say. In any case, one of the defining aspects of the Halo franchise has been removed for Halo 5. Even [Star Wars: Battlefront](tag:2684021) has split-screen! Get your shit together 343! But now that Microsoft has removed it from Halo, is Gears of War next on the list?
After Halo 5, is Microsoft Removing Split Screen From Gears of War 4 on Xbox One?
IGN made a really good point about this development for Halo 5:
"It's maybe not such a big deal to people over in North America and Europe, but with no Azure network in South Africa, Halo 5's exclusive use of dedicated servers on the other side of the planet could mean serious problems with latency for local gamers. Boo."
I hadn't even though of this aspect of this development!
Is Split Screen Important For You?
In any case, with Microsoft in charge of Gears of War 4, we could see a very similar situation happen with The Coalition's first Gears title. One of my favourite aspects of this franchise, as was the case with Halo, is its split screen! Of course, I'll always have the option of online multiplayer on XBOX One, but bringing friends around to blast through a Gears campaign might be taken from us. Halo 5 sounded perfect for split-screen in its campaign and so does Gears of War 4.
The result may be the same. But what do you guys think? Is split-screen something that you really care about anymore? Are you lamenting this change to Halo 5? Would you hate it to happen to Gears of War 4? Let us know in the comments below!