Ryan Payton, formerly of Halo 4 developers 343 Industries, has left to form his own company, having stated that he “wasn’t excited any more”, particularly with the upcoming Halo rebirth. Payton initially joined 343 Industries following the completion of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, where he was the mind behind creating the greater sense of balance in the game’s control system and story. This had always been a common complaint amongst fans, but it was felt Payton’s work helped restore faith in the brand, especially with its first excursion onto the newest generation of consoles.
Payton has been quoted as saying that Halo is by no stretch of the imagination going to be a bad game, however the direction of the game, and the franchise itself, is far from what he intended when he was first brought on board. He went on to say: “The Halo I wanted to build was fundamentally different, and I don’t think I had built enough credibility to see such a crazy endeavour through.”
Now working within his own studio, Payton stated that he is striving to create a game that: “One billion people can play at once, and it’s something that hits them harder than a great book or film.” Camouflaj studios is already working on two new titles. Stay tuned to Midlife Gamer in the future for more developments on Halo 4 and Payton’s new company.
Halo 4 is expected in Q4 2012.
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