Halo “Would Have Been Better” If It Was Made Today – Creator
It seems pretty elementary, of course the game would be better if it was made today with modern practices and more importantly current technology. Bungie co-founder and Halo creator Jason Jones believes the game, which is as fundamental to the Xbox experience as it gets, would be a great deal better if it was made today but the infamously overpowered pistol would still be there.
Speaking to IGN, Jones said looking back on Halo, there are things he would change if he were to design it again now, with the benefit of years of experience.
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“I’m not sure how much different it would have been. I think it would have been better. We would have done things a little bit different,” he said. “Certainly knowing what I do now from the experience, I would change a few things.”
“I’d change the pistol,” he added.
Halo fans will attest to the overpowered nature of this pistol and Jones revealed that he sneakily changed some code on the pistol to give himself an in-game advantage but there’s thankfully more to it than that.
“There was a moment towards the end of Halo 1 where we were very close to locking down. The balance on the pistol was such that both in the competitive game, but also in the solo game, it wasn’t where we wanted it to be,” he said.
“We didn’t feel comfortable actually changing the data anymore. The game was so locked down that when you changed a piece of data, gigabytes of crap had to be reprocessed. What we did feel comfortable doing was changing the code, and so I added code specifically, when the map was loaded, to change a single number on the pistol.”
Jones is single-handedly responsible for the pistol’s unbalanced power then but he stated he’d “take the blame for everything in Halo” although he stands by it, saying the pistol’s power isn’t an issue.
“Rather than do that change at the last minute, I would have made that change a lot earlier,” he said of his only regret.