Core Halo experiences will be kept “close to home,” says 343

Monday, 28th February 2011 13:49 GMT By Johnny Cullen

343 Industries head Frankie O’Connor has said that main Halo “experiences” will kept internal, apparently killing off any rumour of Saber Interactive developing Combat Evolved HD.

Saber, developer of Timeshift and upcoming Namco sci-fi title Inversion, was reported to be behind the development of the title.

But O’Connor insisted that while any “mini-collaborations” could include outside influences, major projects will stay internal.

“343 as a publishing entity and Bungie before it is always open to collaboration. We’ve done weird things in the past like we put a Spartan in Dead or Alive 3… We met with Itagaki and his team to make sure the Spartan was fighting correctly, using a style that was appropriate, was the right height and moving like a Spartan,” he told CVG at Microsoft’s San Francisco showcase last week.

“We’ve always been open to those sort of mini-collaborations, but as far as the core game experiences are concerned we have to keep that close to home.”

343 and fellow dev Certain Affinity are developing the Defiant Map Pack for Reach, which is out on March 15, the first-ever DLC not to be developed by Bungie, which is currently creating a new IP in partnership with Activision.



  1. OrbitMonkey

    Phew, i’d hate to lose that jump, melee, spam grenade magic…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DaMan

    as opposed to Call of Repetition’s shooting range, hmm?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

    Halo = Spam grenades, melee, jump around.
    COD = Spam grenades, melee, go prone.
    BIG difference :-)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    Spartan….. on Dead or Alive 3, man i played that game and i dont remember that, well maybe i just didnt paid enough attention to that game o_O

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Michael O’Connor

    @4 Not sure why he said Dead or Alive 3. It was Dead or Alive 4 that had Spartan-458 in it.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. ManuOtaku

    Well… Yeah in dead or alive 4 yes i remembered it but not on 3, but because i did played that game a long time ago, dont want to sound so secure because i was not 100% entirely sure, thanks for clarifying though.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. OrbitMonkey

    @5 Wasn’t Spartan-458 female? I bet Itagaki programmed some big bouncy boobies under that Spartan armour ;-)

    #7 4 years ago
  8. DaMan

    @3 ah-uh!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Pokeh

    It’s worth mentioning that Certain Affinity made the Blastacular Map Pack for Halo 2. =)

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Mike

    @3 Obviously can’t play Halo very well. :)

    #10 4 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    ^ STFU! I like TOTALLY rape wit my energy sword skillz dude!!!!

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Crysis

    @11, Go invisible & crouch around or just wait around corners with sprint, it’s not hard even for a noob to be good with the best weapon in the game.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. OrbitMonkey

    ^ I’z no noob! I like totally PWN wit me shotty to bro!!!!

    #13 4 years ago

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