'Halo 5: Guardians': Phil Spencer explains why they ditched the popular split-screen mode

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Halo 5: Guardians is coming very soon, but some fans had frowns on their faces when they first heard that the new installment to the hit shooting franchise will no longer include one of the most popular fan-favorite modes in the game thus farthe split-screen mode.

Xbox main man, Phil Spencer, explained why Halo 5: Guardians ended up with no split-screen feature. In an interview with GameSpot, Spencer said that the decision had something to do with the fact that times are changingnow, more players are now playing co-op online, rather than locally on the same console.

“In the end, the teams make decisions based on the bar that they want to hit for complexity of what they’re going to run on a single box,” he said. “We see the robustness of what Xbox Live is today and where people are playing across Xbox Live–you at your house, me at our house. We know that’s the vast majority of the co-op play. With Halo 5, the team really wanted to focus on making that experience great, both visually on the screen that you’re looking at, and all the systems in place.”

While Spencer did admit that he, too, loved the split-screen mode in previous Halo games, it actually paved the way to how the multiplayer in Halo is right now.

“I think the team made a trade-off based on what they see happening in the market today and what they wanted to do with their game,” he added. “I love the nostalgia of the couch co-op of what Halo did in the past, but I also know in the realities of the day with people’s busy lives, it’s not as easy to get everybody in the same physical place. It’s one of the advantages that Xbox Live obviously offers.”

In other news, the Xbox One Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition Bundle will be available for most parts of the world on October 20, and on October 22 for the Japanese market, for $499.99. The copy of Halo 5: Guardians that will come with the bundle will be available for download as early as October 26, a day ahead of the game’s official public release.

Halo 5: Guardians gets released exclusively for the Xbox One on October 27.