We talked about (and argued, but it’s been lost to the archives) Halo 4 on the podcast but have yet to commit anything to digital ink, as it were. This is because Halo 4 felt like it deserved a bit more than a gut reaction to gameplay and graphics. This deserved some inspection into story and polish. 343 did not have it easy here, they were following in the footsteps of a highly vaunted developer in Bungie. This is the company that along with Epic lifted the XBox up into new heights. 343 had to come in and not just keep a series fresh, but make make it their own without pissing off legions of fans. Did they accomplish this task? You’ll have to read on.
When 343 took over for Bungie on Halo 4, the skeptic in me instantly thought the franchise was doomed to fail. Halo fans are rabid and devoted, would they even accept a new studio at the helm of their beloved Halo? Well they should.
It has recently been reported by the good folks at both Destructiod and Kotaku that one of Halo 4’s creative directors, Ryan Payton, has decided to hang up his helmet and abandon the Halo franchise.