Why Halo Kinect will be with us in 2011
Bungie thought about adding Kinect to Halo: Reach but why didn’t it happen? X360 knows…
When we sat down with Bungie’s Community Manager Brian Jarrard last week at GamesCom, he told us that they did have discussions with Microsoft about getting Kinect into Halo: Reach. Ultimately they realised the traditional controller worked better and that’s the road they chose to take.
The question has to be, then, when will we see Halo embrace the world of Kinect? We say next year and here’s why.
1) 343 Industries
Directly funded by Microsoft and set up to develop Halo Games going forward, there’s no way that 343 Industries’ first Halo project won’t use Kinect. With Microsoft wanting its motion technology to sell and promising that more core games are on the way for it, why not get its biggest franchise to lead the way? We would assume that Microsoft has more say in what 343 Industries does and doesn’t do which means Kinect functionality is almost a dead cert.
2) Halo: Reach
If you’re not going to put Kinect in Reach then surely it’s going in the next Halo game? Bungie didn’t out-and-out say no. They sat down with Microsoft and discussed it which means ideas are already on the table. These plans won’t just disappear and it wouldn’t be too shocking if Bungie deliberately said they’d rather 343 were the ones to involve the gadget. Reach is its last (for the time-being) Halo game and they understandably want to make the best version of a game they’ve been working on for years, opening up the door for a brand new experience with new ideas. You can’t top perfection, after all…
3) There has to be a Halo 2011
Say what you will about ODST but it still sold a lot of copies and showed Microsoft Halo can get away with coming out on a yearly basis. We don’t think we’ll ever see a Call Duty situation but 343 Industries have to be doing something with their time and we all know Microsoft want a Halo launch in 2011. When we arrive in the late part of next year, Kinect will be crying out for a big title to continue its post-launch campaign. If you think there’s anything more suited to that than Halo, you’re mad.
4) If it works, everyone else follows
Halo is successful and insanely so. If you’re not aware of this fact you’re not just living under a rock. You are that rock. If Microsoft brings out Halo: Kinect and it captures our attention and sells all of a sudden other ‘core’ games will jump on-board. Assassin’s Creed? Gears Of War? Call Of Duty? If Halo can do it, why can’t they?