There has been plenty of rumors, speculation, and statements regarding Halo along with 343 Industries. While Halo has been a staple franchise for the Xbox brand, the latest installment might not be as thrilling as some fans hoped. That has some fans wondering what the future might hold for this IP and those responsible for it. Recently, 343 Industries had quite a few layoffs, and it seems there might be some restructuring.
A new report from Bloomberg suggests that the development team behind Halo Infinite is soon making the jump to a new engine. The report noted that their sources claim developers are having a tough time using the current engine, Slipspace. This engine was based on old code dating back to the 1990s, and it’s why some content has yet to make its way onto Halo Infinite. If the report is to be believed, several modes are already nearing completion, like Extraction but have yet to be implemented. Again, this is all because of the older engine being used to develop Halo Infinite.
In fact, the report says there is now a push to switch to the Unreal Engine. While this might make developing content far more manageable going forward, there is also some concern that the gameplay might not feel the same. Of course, only time will tell, as the development team will likely do plenty of prototyping before making the official switch. Unfortunately, that’s just a report, and nothing official has come out regarding if Halo will soon be using the Unreal Engine.
But there is still a focus on Halo Infinite. This game was supposed to last for years with new content. However, that content rollout has been slow, and it’s only been for the game’s multiplayer component. Within the report, sources told Bloomberg that there is no current production focusing on story content. That might be a red flag for the future of Halo Infinite when it comes to supporting single-player gameplay. If no active development is going on, perhaps the studio is already gearing up to start a new game production.
Of course, there have been no official comments on these statements when Bloomberg reached out to Microsoft. It’s a guessing game at this point on how much focus is put on Halo Infinite now compared to just moving on to another game entirely. Whatever the case might be, we’re hopeful that news will come out sooner rather than later for fans.