Phil Spencer expects Halo to still be around in 20 years

Phil Spencer – Head of Xbox, Tweeter-of-Xbox-news extraordinaire – recently undertook an interview with GameSpot regarding Halo 5: Guardians. During the interview, when asked if he’s considered Halo as an annual franchise, Spencer replied:

“I don’t think about it that way. Funny enough, we probably have had a Halo release every year for the last few years, but that’s been more just around the cadence of things, like Spartan Assault … But in terms of the core releases for us, Halo is somewhat unique to those games [shooters] that we were talking about in that it has such a heavy character and story base to it.  I think it’s one of the real strengths of the franchise. People know the characters’ names in the franchise.”halo_5_guardians

He continued by saying, “For me, I like seeing the ability for us to get excited about a release. It kind of builds to a hype, and then it plays. I don’t want to overplay or overuse the franchise. It’s a franchise and an IP I expect to be around 20 years from now, much the same way Star Wars and Spider-Man and other things are. I think it has the weight that it can support that, but I think that the franchise then needs to be managed in a way that doesn’t burn it out.”

Spencer also emphatically agreed that it’s thanks to Halo the Xbox brand is established as a console. Which is all good news for Halo fans, right? Let us know in the comments!

GameStops interview with Phil Spencer is available here. In the same interview, Spencer also commented that he finds abusive console wars “distasteful“.

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