Microsoft has posted two job advertisements seeking new recruits to the studio currently at the helm of the Halo franchise, 343 Industries. Among other things, both listings state that the ‘ideal candidate’ will possess “Experience in MMO development”. These job postings follow on the heels of another such listing posted last week which indicate that 343 Industries wants to recruit new staff for mysterious and indecipherably titled ‘incubation projects’.
Bizarrely enough, this actually isn’t the first time the possibility of a Halo MMO has been thrown around, and the last time saw that possibility fleshed out into an actual work-in-progress when Ensemble Studios was engaged in working on a real Halo MMO. That reportedly 90 million dollar project, initially codenamed Titan and then later Orion, was canceled in 2007, but not before some intriguing screenshots surfaced, which make for extremely interesting perusal, most of which do not even remotely resemble how gamers have come to identify the Halo universe.
Of course, rational contemplation would suggest that 343i is probably just simply interested in securing new engineers to work on MMO-esque online connectivity, or even more mundanely likely, relatively uninteresting back-end server stuff which players won’t even notice. The Halo fan in me wants to believe though…
Interestingly, Bungie’s Joe Staten hinted at GDC 2010 that the studio’s next, Halo unrelated, project would involve some sort of MMO functionality, and now the franchise Bungie left looks like it might just be heading towards the same direction.
What will come of this? Well, we’ll have to wait and see. Though seeing as 343i remains committed to completing the Reclaimer trilogy with Halo 5 and Halo 6, they might be biting off more than they can chew if they decide to divert their efforts towards creating a stand alone Halo MMO.
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