For the last 2 major games Halo has usually gotten a little beta time. It always seemed like a bit of fan service, as it usually only lasts for about 2 weeks, plus it was usually attached to another game to drive up the sales on it. But I’m sure when Bungie still had the helm they at least took notes on the experience.
Well it looks like all of that is not happening for 343 Studios, the new caretakers of the Halo franchise. Why? I really have no idea from a common sense perspective. It sounds like 343 probably has a lot of their minds already and doesn’t want to muck everything up with a possibly soul-crushing beta period.
But still, these betas have become well engrained in the online Halo experience from a fan’s perpsective, so to me it feels more like a missed opportunity. If fans aren’t already a little bemused over a different company making their favorite game, then all I see this doing is damaging that relationship even more. What do I know though?
P.S. Apparently this is the first use of the Halo category on FULLNOVAZERO, which is a little exciting. Not my favorite game by any means, but I know I’ll be writing about it a lot come later in the year.