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.”
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!
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