Gearbox was considered for the development of Halo 4
Borderlands developer Gearbox was originally considered for Halo 4 development.
That’s what 343 Industries’ boss Bonnie Ross revealed in an interview with IGN.
After parting with Bungie, there was a lot of discussion at Microsoft about what would happen to the Halo range.
For Ross it would have been “blasphemy” back then to end the franchise or to give control to an external studio. She developed an idea for the future of the series and presented it to Shane Kim, then Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios. And this gave her “the keys to the franchise” so that she could follow her creative vision for the series.
Ross then formed an in-house team called 343 Industries, based on the Halo character 343 Guilty Spark. So far, the studio has developed Halo 4 and 5, and they are currently working on Halo Infinite.
Even the end of the Halo series was up for debate at the time. Halo 3 could have served as a conclusion. With Bungie still working on Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST, the end wouldn’t have come abruptly, but Halo 3 could have ended the Master Chief’s story.
And then there was the option of hiring an external studio to do it. Gearbox, who previously worked on the PC port of Halo: Combat Evolved, was Microsoft’s favorite for it. But, as we know, it never did.
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