What I Think 343 Industries Needs To Do With Halo Wars
I was a fan of the first Halo Wars. I thought that for a console RTS, it was the one of the best. I really don’t want this great idea of a slightly simplified RTS taking place in the Halo universe to go to waste. Sadly however, it was Ensemble’s last game ever, and thus the franchise torch was passed back to Bungie, and then to 343. I am very excited about a new entry in the series, as of now Microsoft has multiple new systems that I think would work perfectly with this game. So without further adieu, here are the things I want 343 Industries to do with the next Halo Wars.
- Voice Control. You should be able to control almost the entire game through voice, similar to what EndWar wanted to do, except this time, it will actually work. It can work through Kinect on Xbox 360 and the 3rd generation Xbox. If possible, PC voice control would be nice, but is a much more daunting task, as the Kinect has built-in voice recognition software, which makes so many developers use it, as it takes away the legwork.
- Cross Platform Play. Instead of just releasing the game for Xbox 360, and the third generation Xbox, it should also be released on the same day on the Windows 8/RT store. This would help promote Microsoft’s “Xbox for Windows” push, and allow for play on PC with a keyboard and mouse, as well as a touchscreen. The game would also have cross-platform online play.
- Make the story have nothing to do with Halo Wars 1. I feel that the atmosphere of the game would work better in the setting of the Reclaimer trilogy. Imagine being able to play as the UNSC, Rogue Covenant, and the Forerunners. It would be a classic three race RTS.
- Make it downloadable. I think this game should be a smaller downloadable game, and not a major release. It should push the downloadable market in both the Xbox Live marketplace and the Windows store.
Alright more experienced Halo fans, comment away.