Dear 343 Industries Team,
It’s safe to assume that Halo 6 is in some degree of early development by now. This is a crucial point. As such I’d like to lend my voice toward what I observe to be the Pillars of Halo.
1: The Holy Trinity of Core Gameplay
Guns, grenades, and melee. That was the trinity Bungie adhered to, and you have mentioned it yourself in blog updates. This is the bottom most bedrock of Halo’s foundation; every mechanical decision is to honor this.
2: Vehicular Accessibility/Big Team Battle
Halo innovated the ease of vehicular control from the usual simulation mechanics to mirroring Spartan control (Move Stick rather than acceleration button, etc). From there, Big Team maps that accentuate vehicular play, rather than obstruct it.
3: Modularity of Maps/Modes
Maps should be permutative to every reasonable user desire. Every mode, player count, weapon setting, ruleset, etc should be applicable to every map. Custom Games options and Forge should further push this modular ideal.
4: Social Connectivity
Halo is the player, then his friends, then the community. This presents itself as various combinations of social play (very important):
A) Single Person (C, D)
B) Splitscreen (C, D)
C) System Link (A, B)
D) Online (A, B)
These four pillars form, in my observation as a Halo player, the functional foundation of a Halo title. They cannot be dismissed, ignored, or bargained with. Any new gimmick or feature are welcome insofar as they relate to these four pillars. Any consistently mentioned displeasure the community has had with a Halo title can be attributed to infringement of one of the four pillars above. Guaranteed. It’s not that we don’t want the game to evolve; it should merely do so honoring these critical elements.
Pethaps you didn’t need to read this thread, perhaps you did. I do not know what lessons you’ll apply to Halo 6 after two games and half a decade of feedback, spreadsheets, and brainstorming. But we are in this together. I mean that. Halo is ours, community and devs. I’m not a pro player, I’m not a master cartographer, I’m just some guy. But I know Halo. And I remind you these Pillars of Halo so maybe one day, you’ll remind us why we love this game. Good luck.