No other Xbox franchise has as great a history as Halo does. The series has been around as long as the Xbox system itself has. The brand has attracted fans from all over the world, and boasts one of the most passionate communities. As any game developer may tell you, fan involvement is crucial to a franchise’s long-term success.

Halo fans have driven the development and evolution of the franchise. The last decade and a half has seen a multiplayer leader continue to lead, and even stretch its wings into new genres. Halo Wars 2, which is a sequel to the 2009 real-time strategy game, will launch next month.

Fans are so passionate that they called for a new Halo Wars installment to get made, and it’s coming soon. It is the feedback from fans that makes the franchise what it is today. 343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross recently spoke about the game’s fans and their passion for the universe.

Halo is what it is today because of the fans. I think we’d be more concerned if they stopped being so vocal. Halo is about an epic sci-fi story with campaign and competitive and cooperative multiplayer. Many times the audience is different for different modes in our game and thus we always have a lot of constructive feedback.

“But the fans, communities and their passion keep the universe alive. The 405th Halo costuming community spends hundreds of hours to make costumes, that in some cases, are better than our professionally made ones. Our Reddit Halo community is super engaged, and Team Beyond is an incredibly passionate community specifically around multiplayer,” Ross told Interactive.

Gamers who pre-order Halo Wars 2 will be able to experience Halo Wars: Definitive Edition. Microsoft is getting ready to launch the sequel this coming Feb. 21. The game will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10.

For the main series, the most recent installment is Halo 5: Guardians. This title has been available since the end of 2015 and before it, Halo 4 launched in 2012. Should Microsoft continue its “once every three years” pattern with the series, Halo 6 may debut sometime in 2018.

Project Scorpio will launch this coming holiday season and it’ll be interesting to see what franchises release alongside it. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Xbox.

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