For months, the Halo: Master Chief Collection was left in a state of complete disarray. While we were gifted the campaigns of every main Halo game to date, the multiplayer sections of each of these games was broken. There was severe lag, servers were constantly crashing, or not even accepting players at all for ages. Over time 343 Industries addressed the issues and it took a good few months for the Halo: Master Chief Collection to get back on its feet.
Now that the game is running smoothly, 343 Industries has tried to redirect our attention to where they originally wanted it: Halo 5. And while that seemed like a great idea at the start, we're starting to hear more and more disconcerting alterations that Microsoft and 343 have introduced into the Halo franchise. Some of which have completely altered the identity of the series.
The Master Chief Collection & Now Halo 5 Have Disappointed Fans
When we were all given the chance to play Halo 5 almost a year ahead of its official release date, it was like an early present. For weeks we were given the opportunity to play Halo 5's multiplayer as 343 Industries demonstrated that they really could run an online game. The difficulty of managing 4 different online multiplayer experiences in one package proved too much for the team and the other developers they had to liaise with. I'm sure it was no easy task.
But Halo 5 ran beautifully and was a ton of fun to play. They listened to the audience after they'd played thousand of hours of Halo 5 online and we can't wait to see what they change for the game's release date. But they've made some mistakes with the Halo name that has already started to turn people off.
"With the initial release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, however, we have not delivered the experience you deserve. I personally apologize for this on behalf of us all at 343 Industries. Our team is committed to working around the clock until these issues are resolved." - Bonnie Ross from 343 Industries
I wonder whether we'll be expecting similar statements in the future, though I'm sure both Microsoft and 343 are going to ensure that this situation is never replicated. But there's one thing about Halo 5 that has really disappointed gamers: the lack of local multiplayer. There will be no split-screen in Halo 5 and it may even happen to Gears of War 4. If it does... [Star Wars: Battlefront](tag:2684021) could be one of the last big titles on XBOX One and PS4 to preserve it. Apparently it would have compromised the game's graphics to keep it. God damn it.
It really sucks that one of the corner stones of this franchise is being killed for Halo 5. And while there may not be as many gamers who care about this option as before, it's still a worthwhile commodity to have. At least we have the Halo: Master Chief Collection for all of the split-screen madness we expect from Halo. But it still sucks that it won't be carried over onto the Xbox One. Let us know what you think in the comments below about Halo 5 and the future of split-screen!