ESPORTS IS THE KEY TO HALO INFINITE'S DEVELOPMENT
Halo is returning to action with Halo Infinite in the next years and with it comes a new era in its esports scene. Many players were worried that the game might take a more campaign-oriented turn, given its graphical fidelity and the fact that it now has a new engine. For those who worry, 343 Industries assure fans that their main focus is shifted to its multiplayer mode, a standard favorite for the franchise’s playerbase since day one.
During Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit earlier this month, Head of business, operations and esports for the Halo franchise at Microsoft – Elizabeth Van Wyck has talked about Halo Infinite and its “relationship” with esports, pointing out that multiplayer is still the developers’ main key piece:
“In developing for the next [Halo] game, it is a key piece of how we think about how we built out multiplayer, which is the mode that our esports is built off of,” she revealed said
“Thinking about how people will view it. Thinking about how they will play it. But at the end of the day, we have to build an awesome game.”
“Halo has a long legacy with esports. But we have let it be community run. It wasn’t until very recently that we looked at the space and said, ‘We want to significantly invest in it and create a structure that not just has longevity but has consistencies that others can build businesses off of.”