In light of 343 Industries’ decision to omit splitscreen multiplayer from Halo 5: Guardians – which was met with much fan criticism – the studio’s founder and head, Bonnie Ross, has confirmed that all future Halo games will include splitscreen game types.
“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,” 343’s Josh Holmes wrote in July 2015, shortly before Halo 5‘s release.
Moving forward, every @Halo FPS title will have split-screen! Just confirmed by Bonnie Ross (@PlutonForEver) at #DICE2017 #Halo pic.twitter.com/ns28NK579D
— Josh (ChiefCanuck)? (@ChiefCanuck) February 23, 2017
“We’ve also had a lot of learnings along the way,” Ross states. “When we fell down with multiplayer launch of MCC, or when we didn’t put split-screen in with Halo 5, it was incredibly painful for the community and for us. It erodes trust with the community, as the community is a part of our world-building. A lot of learnings from that. I would say, for any FPS going out will have always have split-screen in going forward.”
More information regarding upcoming Halo titles will be published as and when it becomes available.