It was quite a shock to hear that Halo: Reach would be the last Halo game Bungie would make. When the video game development company released Halo: Combat Evolved for the original Xbox, they launched a franchise that would redefine first-person shooters and sci-fi games for the next generation. Subsequent sequels like Halo 2 and Halo Reach helped further the storytelling and the revolutionary world that was built in the first game.
So when Microsoft put together a team of developers to oversee the continuation of the Halo franchise, they knew they had big shoes to fill and expectations to meet. Could anyone else craft a story and improve on the gameplay that Bungie had honed? Would they stay faithful to what had come before? 343 Industries, the new company taking over Halo, was able to quell some of those fears and doubts by releasing a beautifully remastered HD version of the original Halo game. A faithful recreation with updated graphics. But, for any of those that still doubt, below is a short documentary by 343 Industries that peers into the making of Halo 4, the company’s first original entry to the franchise, coming this holiday season.