As I’m sure many of you have heard by now, Bungie recently signed a ten year exclusive publishing deal with Activision. What this means for us as gamers is the alleged end of the Halo franchise, which is set to go out with a bang with this final ‘Defiant’ map pack.
This is according to a recent blog post from Bungie, who have confirmed their discontinued development of the Halo series.
We are not building map packs for Halo: Reach and we’re not working on any engine modifications, with code pressed tightly to metal.
343 Industries released this exclusive behind the scenes look at the ‘Defiant’ Map pack which was co-developed by Certain Affinity, a studio that has also helped create DLC content for Call of Duty: Black Ops and Left 4 Dead. Although I don’t actually own Halo: Reach, the three maps look pretty good and varied and are shown in more detail in this preview article.
As YouTube user/Naruto fanboy shadowkunai12 put it:
Well what I’ve learned from this video are 2 things:
1:The defiant map pack is awesome
2: Our beloved Halo series is in good hands.
I really don’t believe that the Halo franchise is dead though, as Microsoft is set to acquire the series along with 343 Industries. During the transition, Bungie will continue to support Halo: Reach through playlist additions and upgrades, community created maps, and yet-to-be undetermined community contests. I’m sure as a result that Halo: Reach will have a shorter shelf life than previous Halo titles and that we could expect a new Halo title sometime between Q4 of 2011 to Q1-Q2 of 2012. The ‘Defiant’ map pack will be priced at 800 Microsoft points ($10) and is scheduled for release on March 15th.