Note: This post is me expressing my personal opinion.
Microsoft is going to milk the Halo series for all it’s worth. This is not an opinion: This is good business sense.
But that makes me, a Halo fan, feel like a cog in a machine — or to put it another way, the oil that keeps the wheels of the Halo machine turning.
As I have said elsewhere on this blog, I think that the Halo series should have ended with Halo 4. The series, in terms of its story, had run its course.
But there was still too much money to be made.
And it is all about money, despite what 343 may say about a grand narrative for the Reclaimer Saga. In terms of sales and reviews, if Halo 5 had bombed, than whatever overarching narrative 343 had planned wouldn’t matter: The Halo series would be over.
343 doesn’t make me feel like a human being. 343 makes me feel like a number.* A number whom 343 wouldn’t bat an eyelash at until I handed over $60 — $250.
I know companies are all about earning a profit, and that fans only matter to a company as long as they are giving that company their money. But does 343 have to make it so obvious?
With the disaster that was the MCC, microtransactions, and the direction that Halo’s narrative is going in as a result of Halo 5, 343 has sucked the color out of my love for the Halo series…
I’m not going to take it anymore.
I refuse to be a cog.
I’ll always be a Halo fan.
It’s just that I won’t be giving Microsoft another dollar in order to find out what happens next in the story. When Halo 6 comes out, I’ll watch a walkthrough of the campaign on YouTube.
343 can do whatever it wants for Halo 6.
Cortana, I love you, but you should have stayed dead.**
And now, I’m off to feel like a human being again.
I’m off to restore the color to my life.
*For further reading: Lessons 343 can learn from the My Little Pony community
**In Halo 4, the description for the Epilogue: “After the destruction of New Phoenix, and the death of Cortana, Master Chief must carry on.”