Halo 5: Guardians was to be the ultimate reason for owning an Xbox One in 2015. 343 Industries were hyping up an epic tale of betrayal and team rivalry; a tale that ultimately fell flat for a lot of fans. And who can blame them? The hype for 343's first Xbox One exclusive was immense!
Remember the Serial-inspired podcast they created starring Keegan-Michael Key and how it hyped up a narrative of epic proportions? Remember how it was building to an epic showdown between Agent Locke and Master Chief? Remember how none of that actually came to fruition? Not to mention the fact that the villain lacked any sensical motivations!
What Can 343 Industries Learn From Halo 5 & Its Narrative?
If you take a look through the user reviews for Halo 5: Guardians on Metacritic for instance, you'll come across a lot of comments like "Worst campaign in the series," "The story just can't hold its ground alone, can't even fulfill its promised state (Chief VS Locke...nevermind)," and "This game is a big let down for long time Halo fans."
343 Industries are going to have to address these issues as they continue to expand on the Halo universe. But allegedly, a lot of the plans for the series' future have already been set in motion. In fact, 343 seem to even know the ultimate fate of the Master Chief already!
Halo 6 & Beyond: 20 Years of Master Chief
You can look at the ending of Halo 4 – and where Master Chief is, and obviously we had to know where we were going to take Halo 5 and Halo 6 with that. You have an epic sci-fi universe and we have multiple ways that we can go with this story, but all the pieces are laying there. The canvas is there for us to paint". - 343's studio head Bonnie Ross
[W]e know what’s going to happen in the next game, and we kind of know what’s going to happen to the Master Chief ultimately. - development director Frank O’Connor
These quotes are taken from a Golden Joysticks Halo 5 special, in which Frank O'Connor and Bonnie Ross spoke about a narrative foundation for the Halo franchise and how they're going to carry Master Chief's adventures for the next 20 years. Seems that Microsoft is optimistic for the future of Halo and Master Chief - very optimistic. Though I suppose they have to be for one of their leading IPs.
Where do you want the Halo franchise to go? Personally, I don't have much faith for it based on the direction they've taken as of late. No splitscreen, a sub-par narrative, and an awkward step in the direction of Call Of Duty doesn't exactly spell out an exciting future. But perhaps we'll be proven wrong.
Where do you stand on Halo 5 and the future of the series? Did you enjoy the last game? Are you hopeful for Halo 6 and beyond? Let us know in the comments!