Why Halo 5 Won't Have Split-Screen Support

Frank O'Connor, the 343i franchise development director, responded to a Tweet explaining that adding this feature was simply not possible. "If we...
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    Roughly around the end of July, Halo 5: Guardians developer, 343 Industries, announced that the next installment in the Halo series will not include split-screen support in any of the modes. Josh Holmes, 343’s studio head, explained that making this particular decision was not very easy. The decision to remove split-screen support from Halo 5: Guardians was “one of the most difficult ones we’ve ever had to make as a studio,” said Holmes via a blog post on HaloWaypoint. “We know that for many of our fans, Halo has meant playing together with friends in the same room. We all have great memories of past Halo split-screen multiplayer matches.”

    Unsurprisingly, Halo fans were not very happy with the decision. Frank O'Connor, the 343i franchise development director, responded to a Tweet explaining that adding this feature was simply not possible. "If we could do it, we would do it. But it is what they call 'nontrivial,'" O'Connor said. Apparently, adding split-screen support would end up “compromising the studio's ability to provide fans with an experience that has massive scale environments, improved AI behavior, [and] increased visual and gameplay fidelity."

    “With Halo 5 we are delivering massive scale environments, improved AI behavior, increased visual and gameplay fidelity,” he continued to say. “Something that truly takes advantage of a new platform. Many of our ambitious goals for Halo 5 would be compromised in a split-screen setting and the time spent optimizing and addressing split-screen-specific issues would take focus from building other parts of the game.” I loved having the ability to play Halo 3 with my friends in the living room. I am, and I know many others are too, disappointed with 343 Industries inability to add split-screen support. I think many of you 'old-school' Halo fans would agree with me. How do you all feel about the news?


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    bugger split screen.... this supposedly a next gen console, why cant i run 2 screens?
    seriously my laptop can why cant the xbone
  2. ohGrid
    Damn, Halo was pretty fun to have a bunch of friends in a room to play. I do agree that split screen does suck no matter the t.v. size but it kinda made Halo really fun.
  3. Kylespeed
    Good split screen sucks no matter what size tv you have
  4. slyguyy
    I'll say what the execs at Microsoft don't want to. The hardware is simply not strong enough. I truly sympathize with developers who work on games for consoles, since they are forced to work with such awful hardware.

    It's like putting a square peg in a smaller round hole, you have two options:
    • Cut off the corners and destroy the final product
    • Don't do it.
      xXBeefyDjXx likes this.
  5. Red58
    I have the sneaky suspicion that this has more to do with selling more consoles than anything visually related.
      SL0TH M0NSTER likes this.
  6. crook47
    big whoop, splitscreen was an irrelevant feature anyways.

    Even when im at a buddies house playing halo we switch off on games, playing with the split screen is just dumb even on a large screen, me and my friends have always agreed we'd rather wait and watch then split the screen!
      Tfsfan likes this.
    I think Halo 5 is going to be another fail just like Halo 4... Bungie made the Halo`s that were actually good.. I think 343 are just dragging on Halo`s story line and just making it worse for the hardcore fans of Halo.
      Razor sean likes this.
    1. Tfsfan
      I dunno, at first I thought that too, then I played the H5 Beta, and holy ****, it seemed like it had a lot more effort put into it than halo 4 did that's for sure. I'm not saying it's a s good as the classics, but it's still pretty damn good considering it was a beta, hopefully 343i won't make the same mistakes they did with halo 4. Also my first Halo was halo 2, so I have played the classics.
    2. xWOLFYx GIRL
      Tfsfan i never played Halo 5 beta so i would have no idea, and i am not buying an xbox one i am buying PS4. What made me switch is just simple, All of the best selling titles are coming out on Playstation now.. Xbox has just gone really **** lol so i would not be surprised if Halo 5 turns out to be a big fail. I played Halo since the Halo 1 beta came out haha so i am pretty much a hardcore fan and enjoyed living most of my life growing up playing all of them (except Halo 4)
    3. Razor sean
      Yeah, definitely a good choice. I had both a PS3 and a 360, used a 360 more but this time I didn't even bother buying an Xbox one after using it.
  8. Lordgalaxy
    So a separate multiplayer disc is too much to ask for? bulls*** cop out.
  9. 31IT3INV4SI0N
    This is sh*tty. I mean Halo has always been split screen. I know people are going to say "Just buy another Xbox One" or "Have your friends or family get a Xbox One" This is 2015.. We should be able to have split screen 60 FPS 1080p with decent graphics.. This is why I built a PC for 4K gaming.. The only advantage the consoles did have over a PC was split screen.. Now one of the best selling exclusives for Xbox doesn't even have split screen? Now me and my girlfriend cant play it.. But there is no way in hell I'm buying another Xbox One.. As for my friends they are all poor and I know for a fact they wont have enough money for a Xbox One let alone Xbox Live Gold membership.. ._. This generation really sucks when it comes to split screen or party games. ._.
  10. xKiLOx
    I thought it was going to say "Because 2015, thats why".
      abcdef32 likes this.