343 Industries has shown, with the successful launch of Halo 4, that it has a deep passion for the series and Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill believes this will help the team as it works on the next two installments in the new trilogy.Halo 4 came out earlier this week and millions upon millions of fans flocked to see whether or not the new developer, 343 Industries, could continue the legacy crafted by Bungie with the previous games in the franchise.
Judging by sales and reviews, the game is a great success and stands on equal ground with previous installments in the series.
According to producer Kiki Wolfkill, the release of the title was definitely one of the hardest parts of crafting the new trilogy.
“Definitely one of the hardest parts, and it's not like we didn't go through gaining and losing people along the way - and we'll go through more of that. It's an incredibly talented team. I think we came in to it as a set of very talented individuals and came out of it as a very strong team and that is worth its weight in gold - that is the most valuable asset you can have,” she told CVG.
The success in terms of reception, according to the executive, shows fans how much 343 cares about Halo and will give the team some leeway in terms of making bigger changes to the universe in future installments.
“I think it has definitely earned us a little more credibility in pushing things some different ways if we decide to. I think the fans and the community needed to understand that we cared about Halo as much as they did, and that we cared about giving them something great. I feel like we have that confidence and I think that always gives you a little bit more flexibility in the future,” she added.
343 will continue to work on Halo 4 by releasing new content through the Spartan Ops service, but you can bet that it’s already thinking about the inevitable Halo 5.