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Bungie’s Halo3 ODST Regret

In an interview with Official Xbox Magazine, Bungie have stated that their biggest regret from the whole Halo series is the lack of matchmaking in Halo3 ODST because it’s probably the reason it is not as popular as other Halo games.


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Bungie’s community boss Brian Jarrard (aka Ske7ch) recently stated:

“I regret not being able to go back and make Firefight in ODST work and have match-making,” he told us. “I think we would have loved to have done that. We’ve heard it from the fans, we’ve heard it from the press. It’s definitely something we’d have loved to be able to do but we didn’t have the scope on the project. We didn’t have the time.

“We accomplished a tremendous amount, but that’s probably the reason ODST isn’t being played as much right now as we’d like. It has had a shorter lifecycle than any of the Halo titles before. But Reach is our big chance to make up for some of those things. “

The Halo 3 engine doesn’t have support for Matchmaking in the synchronous networking model (which is what powers Campaign and Firefight) for the reason as to why an update couldn’t be applied to incude future Matchmaking. The investment and people power required for the networking side is completely out of scope for an update project - but by all accounts with Halo Reach it implies by Jarrads statement that a public firefight mode could be included.

The Halo Reach Beta has been dated for May 3rd from within the Halo ODST campaign disc for a sneak peak into the matchmaking system for this upcoming title.

Source: GameStooge

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Comment by Colby on 2010-02-21 03:28:23 | Reply

They absolutely RUINED this game by not putting in matchmaking. It is nothing more than a Halo Reach beta disc for me. After the beta ends this thing is going straight to the store. I bet I haven’t played more than a few hours on it since I bought it. The problem is none of my friends were dumb enough to buy it! You absolutely choked on this one Bungie. Don’t give me this “we didn’t have time BS.” Make time. Basically what you are saying is you were not willing to take the time to make this game like you knew it should have been.

Comment by Stu on 2010-02-21 16:48:07 | Reply

At first I didn’t believe that it didn’t have matchmaking because I can’t even remember the last game that didn’t have a matchmaking system. Have there even been any since the 360 came out? Or even since Live was launched? Even every garbage multiplayer demo you get through marketplace has some form of matchmaking built in. And if they didn’t have time to put in a major feature, why charge full price for the game? Sure, it comes with the Halo 3 maps, but how many people are going to buy a Halo mini-game who don’t already have Halo 3 and most of the maps? When I saw how limited ODST was actually going to be I decided not to buy it. Only Halo game I don’t own and I don’t see much point in getting it just for access to a beta.

The only mode that didn’t ever have matchmaking was the Nazi Zombies on Call of Duty World at War. At first you had to complete the game to access it, then you could only play with friends - due to the popularity of it, Treyarch later made Zombie mode available for everyone & included matchmaking.

But you are right, I can’t think of one game without matchmaking other than ODST !!

Comment by zarbor on 2010-02-27 05:47:00 | Reply

Lets get one thing clear off the bat. Halo fans are some of the biggest suckers and Bungie knows that. I still can’t get over the number of people that bought ODST.
Yeah, say whatever you want about it being a good game. Its really Halo 2 DLC. The graphics were marginally better than Halo 3. It was a test for Bungie to see if Firefight had legs.
Now that it seems like it does, they will bring it to Halo Reach.
Face it, Bungie is a lame studio. They haven’t made anything else besides the Halo series and they can’t get match-making into a $60 game that was suppose to be a $30 dollar game? You’ve been pimped my friends. Keep your Reach game because it seems like that’s exactly what Bungie wants to do. Reach and get your money but don’t deliver. Not me.

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