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Halo Games Will Bring Back Split-Screen, 343 Boss Says

Removing it from Halo 5 'eroded the trust of the community.'

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Leaving out split-screen co-op capability in Halo 5: Guardians was a rather controversial decision for developer 343 Industries, a mistake it plans not to make in the future.

"When we didn't put split screen in Halo 5, it was incredibly painful for the community and for us," 343 General Manager Bonnie Ross said at a presentation at DICE 2017 (via GameInformer). "I think it erodes trust with the community, as the community is a part of our world building."

Ross said that it has learned for the decision. "For any FPS, we will always have split screen support going forward," she said.

Originally, Xbox chief Phil Spencer had said back in 2015 that split-screen was not included because everyone was playing co-op online and not sitting on the couch with friends. "We see the robustness of what Xbox Live is today and where people are playing across Xbox Live -- you at your house, me at our house," he said at the time. "We know that's the vast majority of the co-op play. With Halo 5, the team really wanted to focus on making that experience great, both visually on the screen that you're looking at, and all the systems in place."

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    February 23, 2017 12:20 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Halo Games Will Bring Back Split-Screen, 343 Boss Says

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      February 23, 2017 12:20 PM

      *Scorpio console required

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        February 23, 2017 12:44 PM

        My guess is they'll scrap the 60fps requirement on an Xbone to make it work. I think that was ultimately why it was left out of Halo 5 so they could insure it ran at 60 fps.

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          February 23, 2017 8:22 PM

          Which bravo to them, but wish they could've pulled some strings to downgrade whatever.
          It's a smart decision going back to one of the core things that made halo great

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      February 23, 2017 12:39 PM

      Will they also bring back Bungie, because that's the only way they'll be worth a damn

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      February 23, 2017 12:59 PM

      My coworker bought a Xbone over the holidays to play Halo co-op with his son and his major complaint was that there wasn't a split screen option for halo 5. That and the fact that 5 was really made to be played co-op with other human players. A bit of an ironic situation that they managed to make for themselves.

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      February 23, 2017 8:53 PM

      Good call. Leaving that out was fucking stupid.