Halo's Next Odyssey: Embracing Change for a Legendary Future
Both Halo and Mass Effect have had their fair share of ups and downs. Neither Mass Effect: Andromeda nor Halo Infinite managed to fully satisfy long-t...
Both Halo and Mass Effect have had their fair share of ups and downs. Neither Mass Effect: Andromeda nor Halo Infinite managed to fully satisfy long-time fans, leaving us craving something more. That's why, just as BioWare followed The Master Chief Collection's lead with the remastered Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, Microsoft needs to follow BioWare's example and embark on a new journey with the next Halo.
Rumors are swirling that Halo 7 might go multiplatform, appearing on competitors' consoles. If that's the case, now is the perfect time for Microsoft to shake up the series' tried-and-true formula. Just as Mass Effect 4 is making unexpected choices, even daring to ignore Mass Effect 3's multiple endings, Microsoft should embrace a similar mindset for Halo 7. Let's keep what works and bid farewell to what doesn't, paving the way for the franchise's grandest entry yet.
By focusing on Halo's strengths and staying true to its roots, Microsoft can create a title that appeals to both long-time fans and newcomers alike. But don't worry, my fellow Spartans, there's still room for innovation. After the mixed reception to Halo: Infinite's graphics, the franchise could experiment with its art style, perhaps taking a more stylized approach reminiscent of Bungie's Marathon reboot. And why stop there? Let's shake up the series' timeline, shall we?
Imagine a reboot of the original Halo, breathing new life into the series and freeing it from the baggage of earlier entries. Alternatively, Master Chief could pass the torch, and the next entry could offer a spin-off story akin to the acclaimed Halo: Reach. Now, hold on tight, for this next suggestion may ruffle some feathers: what if we maintained Halo's tried-and-true gameplay but took a scalpel to its increasingly convoluted storyline?
But fear not, fellow lore enthusiasts! We need not abandon the rich tapestry of the Halo universe that has been woven across countless games, books, and other media. Just as the Halo TV series manages to tell its own unique story while staying true to the games' narrative framework, the next Halo shouldn't be afraid to veer off the canon path if it means offering players innovative gameplay and a fresh experience.
Regardless of the path chosen, Microsoft must inject new life into the Halo franchise before its next release. It's time to follow Mass Effect 4's lead and introduce some bold changes to the world of Halo. This step will not only invigorate the series but also ensure its longevity for years to come. So, don your MJOLNIR armor, grab your trusty battle rifle, and get ready for a heroic odyssey like no other. The future of Halo awaits, and it's time to make it legendary.
Platform(s): Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S
Release Date: December 8, 2021
Developer: 343 Industries
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Genre: First-Person Shooter, Multiplayer
Multiplayer: Online Multiplayer
ESRB Rating: T for Teen: Blood, Mild Language, Violence
How Long To Beat: 12 Hours
X|S Enhanced: Yes
File Size Xbox Series: 90 GB (November 2023)
Platforms That Support Crossplay: PC, Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S