Future Halo Games Will Focus on More Characters Besides Master Chief, Dev Says

343 Industries wants to tell other stories in the Halo universe

343 Industries, the developer of the recently released Halo 4, will explore with future games other characters besides the main protagonist of the series, Master Chief.

Halo 4 delighted fans of the series by continuing the story of Master Chief, while focusing on a lot of new characters, including the team of Spartans aboard the Infinity ship, which were playable in the special Spartan Ops cooperative campaign.

Now, 343 Industries' Kiki Wolfkill has talked with Polygon about the future of the series, confirming that new directions and new characters would be introduced via future titles.

"I think it was an important thing for [Master Chief] to come back in Halo 4," Wolfkill said. "He's always going to be a pretty critical component of Halo and the game experiences. I would hope that we could also build strength and investment in other characters, for no other reason than that's part of what makes the universe interesting. Master Chief's not going away, but we need to be able to give people more connection points."

Wolfkill also said that the future of the Halo franchise might see the series go into other genres, like the strategy one, which has already been visited with Halo Wars many years ago.

"How we look at it is 'Where do we want to be in ten years? What are the stories we want to tell?'" Wolfkill mentioned. "We have started to flesh out broad strokes of a few different arcs that are interesting."

"There could be opportunities where exploring a different game genre makes sense or exploring a different linear format makes sense. If the medium fits what we want to do, then we'll definitely consider it ... if there's a great idea we get energized around."

As of yet, Halo 5 is all but confirmed and 343 Industries has already hinted that the roadmap of the series is pretty much nailed down.

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