While Halo: The Master Chief Collection sold very well for Microsoft, the game itself didn’t sit well with fans of the franchise due to an overwhelming list of bugs and issues which essentially rendered the multiplayer experience unplayable for many.
With the game finally running at optimal levels after months of patches and updates, attention has now turned towards the future as Halo 5: Guardians prepares to launch later this year. After announcing all post-launch multiplayer maps for the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians will be free, Microsoft and 343 Industries continue to work on more goodwill with gamers in an effort to reassure and regain fan trust going forward.
In an interview with Game Informer for its exclusive Halo 5: Guardians coverage in their latest digital issue, 343 Industries studio head, Bonnie Ross, confirmed that the developer is planning to utilize betas for every single future Halo title going forward.
“Going forward, you will never see a Halo game coming out without a beta. It was obviously painful for our fans and for us. But it won’t happen again. There are things we put in place to make sure that we know everything, how it stands up outside and in the wild.”
Not only was the decision made from the disastrous launch of the Master Chief Collection, but the developer obtained invaluable feedback from the beta that was held earlier this year for Halo 5: Guardians.
“There is so much we learned with the Halo 5 beta. There is actually stuff we took from our Master Chief Collection – learnings that we were able to put into the beta.”
Interestingly enough, Ross also mentioned in the interview that the original pitch to Microsoft was for all four games to be remastered separately. Ultimately, having a UI that tied all these games together in one complete package, allowing players to seamlessly move between games, won the group over.
Betas certainly are a great way to help test and safeguard against potential issues once a game launches, especially for titles that have a big online focus. However, betas should not be the only testing and preparation done, as gamers have seen previous games like Battlefield 3 and 4 suffer at launch with major online issues – even after an alpha and beta test were done.
Either way, there’s no telling if or how much the Halo brand was hurt by the many issues and flaws that launched with the collection. Though the developer has gone on record apologizing many times and even giving away a remastered version of Halo 3: ODST to fans, at this point, 343 may just have to just show gamers to prove how much they’ve learned and improved in Halo 5: Guardians.
Have the issues in Halo: The Master Chief Collection shaken your confidence in 343 Industries or are you willing to give them another shot with Halo 5: Guardians?
Halo 5: Guardians launches on October 27, 2015 for the Xbox One.
Source: Game Informer