Video: How Halo was reborn -- The Halo 4 postmortem
At GDC 2013, Halo franchise creative director Josh Holmes spoke at length about how 343 Industries dealt with the challenges inherent in building a studio from scratch to take over development of a high-profile game series from well-respected developer Bungie.
Holmes frankly laid out some of the hurdles in Halo 4's development, including the practical difficulties of trying to convey narrative through a game that's just one part of a wider transmedia effort and how 343 went about designing and balancing a whole new enemy race: the Prometheans.
His talk also included some useful insights into how 343 balances games for cooperative play, and how the studio clings to a very iterative design process.
If you missed it in person you can now watch it for free on the GDC YouTube channel, and it's well worth your time to do so.
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