Huge fans of the Halo series will be thrilled at what Phil Spencer recently said regarding its future.

While he stressed that Microsoft has no intentions of turning Halo into a yearly franchise, Spencer compared the shooter series to long running franchises that stand the test of time, such as Star Wars and Spider-man, implying there isn’t an end in sight for new titles.

“I don’t want to overplay or overuse the franchise. It’s a franchise and an IP I expect to be around 20 years from now, much the same way Star Wars and Spider-Man and other things are,” he said in an interview with GameSpot. “I think it has the weight that it can support that, but I think that the franchise then needs to be managed in a way that doesn’t burn it out.”

Spencer iterated that fans of the series have a special connection to the characters and story that comes in Halo, unlike many other modern first-person shooters.

“Halo is somewhat unique to [other shooters] that we were talking about in that it has such a heavy character and story base to it. I think it’s one of the real strengths of the franchise. People know the characters’ names in the franchise,” Spencer said.

Halo 5: Guardians releases for Xbox One on October 27.


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