Continuing problems with the Halo Master Chief Collection are apparently not affecting other projects by 343 Industries, except one. In a blog posted today, 343 Industries announced that Halo Spartan Strike — a top-down shooter that was set to release on Window 8.1, Steam, and other Windows-based mobile devices on December 12th — has been pushed back to early 2015.
Halo fans who don’t own a Xbox — like myself #PCMasterRace — are probably disappointed by the news, but is good to see that 343 has their priorities straight. The Master Chief Collection should have never been released in its current state — but now that it has, the entire development team’s energy (sans the art department) should be focused on fixing what is arguably an outright broken release.
One of the community’s biggest concerns is that this delay will cause 343 Industries to rush and try to hit the early 2015 release goal for Halo Spartan Strike even if it isn’t ready, releasing yet another buggy broken mess of a game. Still, I’m optimistic that 343 and Microsoft have learned their lesson and that future releases will not be allowed to ship if they aren’t ready.
It is unclear at this point if the continued problems with The Master Chief Collection will have any impact on Halo 5. Fans are hopeful that Halo 5 will not be plagued with the same issues in The Master Chief Collection — even so, others are not hopeful and have made statements urging people not to pre-order Halo 5. Personally, I’m not a fan of pre-orders but I see why publishers are so fond of them. Here is hoping that both Halo Spartan Strike and Halo 5 aren’t plagued by the problems that The Master Chief Collection has suffered.
Source: Halo Waypoint
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