With the latest instalment to the Halo series, Halo 5: Guardians still yet to be released, both Microsoft and game developer 343 Industries are already talking about their plans for Halo 6 and in fact, for the entire Halo franchise living on for the next two decades at the least.
In their interview with Golden Joysticks for their The Ultimate Guide To The Halo Universe special issue, Frank O’Connor and Bonnie Ross of 343 Industries talked about their plans for another Halo sequeland more.
“We do kind of know what’s going to happen in the next game pretty well at this point,” explains franchise development director Frank O’Connor. “We’re doing serious real planning and even some writing on the next game already, and that’s a luxury we’ve never been in that position before. So we both know at a very high level what’s going to happen in, say, ten years from now. But at that very granular level knowing what’s going to happen in the next game and that’s just been a great feeling for me.”
Studio head Bonnie Ross, on the other hand, said that ODST and Halo Reach have laid the “fictional foundation” for the franchise for the next 20 years. “You can look at the ending of Halo 4 and where Master Chief is and obviously we had to know where we were going to take Halo 5 and Halo 6 with that,” she said. “You have an epic sci-fi universe and we have multiple ways that we can go with this story, but all the pieces are laying there. The canvas is there for us to paint.”
In a separate interview with GameSpot, Xbox Head Phil Spencer also talked about the future of the entire Halo franchise, and his expectations from it.
“I don’t want to overplay or overuse the franchise,” he said. “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.vI 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.”