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O'Connor went on to say that this was a "big learning" that 343 Industries took away from Halo 5.
"Chief we tend to think of as kind of a vessel for your adventure rather than necessarily this major character in the universe. He's really just your entry into the universe," O'Connor said. "But people have become attached to him over the last fifteen years and they've started to sort of fill in the gaps that the character deliberately has for gameplay reasons with a genuine emotional attachment. We certainly underestimated that with Halo 5."
O'Connor added: "It wasn't that surprising to me, but the volume of 'give us more Chief' at the end of Halo 5 was significant and so I think if anything he's slightly more important now than he has ever been, certainly to our franchise."
He went on to tease that instead of adding more new playable characters into the Halo universe, Halo fans can expect the focus for the next Halo games to "shift the focus a little bit to making the world a little bit more realistic and compelling and, I would say, more fun for players who get to inhabit the Chief in the future, pretty much as they demanded."
The next Halo game has not been officially announced, but we know it will have split-screen. O'Connor himself said more than a year ago that Halo 6, or whatever the sequel is titled, was in the works. While a new Halo shooter probably is not coming this year, you can expect the next title will react to the feedback surrounding Halo 5's story and the concerns fans had about it.
"Doubling down on Master Chief story and the amount of focus on him was probably the easiest learning from Halo 5," he said. "That was a really simple thing to absorb and embrace."
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These sale prices are available for the next week. You can see everything that's discounted on the PlayStation Store.