Originally Posted by Antidope
It's as simple as this: 343 is sacrificing Halo's unique qualities & gameplay in order to try to capture as many potential players as possible.
They saw Reach do poorly and decided to add a few features that other FPS games had to try and reach a new market of people who would want to play Halo.
When that didn't work (H4), the next Genius move was to take that to the maximum(because going further and further in the direction of a failure just makes perfect sense) and just flat out copy elements from every other large scale FPS on the market in hopes that fans of said franchises comprised of a lot of people who have not played Halo extensively or haven’t played it at all would gravitate toward it because of those features (“Every modern shooter has sprint we need to have Sprint”. "Look, we added a Destiny-like ground-pound; therefore, Destiny fans will play Halo 5!" “(Insert mechanic here) works in that game, surely it can work in Halo)
This game will be a colossal failure, why would anyone want six games on the market that play the same way. They play different FPS games for different gameplay & mechanics by turning Halo into some odd Mish-Mash monster of these other Franchises, and what happens is that Halo loses its appeal of and its identity, along with losing unique gameplay that differentiated it from the monotony of generic "modern FPS" games out there already.
And for all the “Halo needs to evolve folks” (which it was doing just fine evolving prior to this foray into whatever 343 wants to call this and if you really want to discuss it I can), just look at a game like Counter Strike. Counter Strike has been the same game from the get-go, no core mechanics have changed yet its still going. The games as popular as it is because it's NOT Call of Duty, Halo, or Destiny. Just like the reason Halo WAS popular is because it wasn't Counter Strike, Call of Duty, or Quake. They understand that and wont be doing anything to mess that up.
It really and truly is baffling and frustrating to me that people with advanced degrees and who claim to understand video game design(343 Industries) simply cannot understand this and WILL NOT listen to this reason & logic.
You don’t have to look any further than the Breakout gametype that 343 is pushing as the next big thing for Halo. 343 is pushing a gametype that has no shields, one-hit melee, and one grenade kills(SOUND FAMILIAR???). They are stepping further and further into that generic modern shooter market to see the feedback, but from what we've seen, they're going to ignore the feedback and do what they want anyway, because even when three different Halo communities including one that they asked themselves say that Sprint in Halo is bad, they just go ahead and bring Sprint back along with attempts to balance it as if such a thing is possible.
Halo will die from a loss of identity, and a lack of standardized, cohesive mechanics. Never before have I seen such a popular, massive franchise completely dismantle itself and resort to having so many vastly different variations of itself without having changed genre or a Super Mario 64/ Legend of Zelda thing where traditionally 2D games made the leap to 3D
Makes you wonder: if copying the most popular FPS game begets success, why didn't Call of Duty adopt shields? Why didn't it adopt scoping in place of ADS? Why didn't it adopt all the unique features of Halo 2 and Halo 3 when they were the top games on XBL for X amount of years?
So what, copying features of the most popular franchise only applies to Halo?
343 is making a huge mistake with this franchise, and not only do they not see it, they actually think they're doing right by it. Halo development continues to be feature-based, rather than gameplay-based, and the opinions and responses represented by some 343 staff members on social media have only proven that mindset further.
Franchise has been dying since around 2012 and they are not helping it, they are making it worse. But when this fails and the next game fails maybe then they’ll look around and wonder where they went wrong. They’re idiots.