343 Industries' Bonnie Ross: 'Halo Infinite' Is A "Spiritual Reboot" For The Series
Speaking to IGN in a 70-minute long interview, 343 Industries boss Bonnie Ross has said that Halo Infinite will be a "spiritual reboot" of the long-running series.
Discussing the studio's aims for the future of Halo, she said:
"There has been a lot of introspective time to really reflect on what we have done as 343, where have we made mistakes, where have we hit it right, and what does Halo mean to all of us.
"We've done good things and bad things. But what does Halo mean to us? It's about hope and wonder, heroism and humanity and community, and bringing a community together. That's what that (the E3 announcement) trailer is, and that's what we want to do."
It seems like after the disappointment of Halo 5, 343 is really keen to turn things around and capture the magic of earlier Halo games. Of course, things have changed a lot since then, and new crazes abound. Are they tempted by a Halo battle royale? On the subject, Ross says:
"Whatever we do needs to be the right thing for Halo. Whether or not you call it a battle royale or how we're thinking about things going forward, the team thinks about, 'this needs to be right for Halo'."
Not a lot of concrete information to go on, but we won't have too long to wait before we find out more - Ross adds that Halo Infinite will definitely feature at E3 2019, in June. (Like it *wouldn't*.)
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She also talks about of the founding of 343, and getting the series creator Bungie involved to create a "Halo bible" that the team could build the universe from. She reinforced that the studio would like to make a Halo movie happen, a project that's been discussed for years without making any meaningful headway. Perhaps it can get a green light, should the upcoming Halo TV series be successful?
Elsewhere in the interview Ross also discusses her start in sports, her career in games of 25 years, and what it means to be inducted into the AIAS (Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences) Hall of Fame. Ross is the first woman to be inducted, joining other gaming industry legends like Shigeru Miyamoto, Hideo Kojima and Gabe Newell. Basically, she is one extremely accomplished person.