The launch of 2014’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection was one of the most disastrous and embarrassing launches in recent history; the game’s reputation has never fully recovered from that mess. Almost everyone involved in it apologized for the launch including the head of 343, Bonnie Ross, and head of Xbox, Phil Spencer. This has led some people to be wary of Halo 5: Guardians, particularly at launch.
In a recent interview with GameSpot Spencer has gone on to say that he’s confident Halo 5: Guardians won’t be a repeat of last year’s events. “I know that of all of our teams, no team at their core feels the need to hit a great launch from a multiplayer and connection issues more than 343. That team took the issues around the launch of Master Chief Collection, it kind of hit them in the heart, because it’s Halo Nation. It’s the people who love these past Halo games. I just know every time I’ve been down to 343, it’s the first thing that they want to talk about is how they’re doing with multiplayer and the robustness that we mentioned. No team is focused on it more than 343. The planning and process teams have gone through has been great, and I’m confident in how it will launch based on the results that we’re seeing.”
He goes on to cite the launches of several recent Xbox One exclusives as proof that things will go smoothly this October. “Frankly, if I look at how Rare came out and Gears came out, and now Forza, I feel good that the teams all up have taken the lessons of last holiday of some teams missing the bar that they wanted to hit. You’re always going to have issues here and there, and you kind of manage through it, but by-and-large, those releases have gone well. It’s really nice to see that the teams have taken an increased focus on making sure that launch goes extremely well for our customers.”
Hopefully Spencer is right and everything will work out for Halo 5: Guardians when it launches October 27th exclusively for Xbox One.
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