With Ensemble now disbanded
reveals one of its big projects that never saw the light of day: a Halo
MMO. According to various reports, it appears that the game was in development for some time during 2006 and 2007 before being canceled. Seen above, a shot of the UI and an action pose of a Spartan duel-wielding. The design, from what little we can see of it, borrows a lot from World of Warcraft's
simplicity and (judging by the dual-wield screenshot) hokeyness
We understand there are reasons for cancellations, but this seems like a money printer on par with Pokémon
and Blizzard's aforementioned MMO, regardless of quality. As Microsoft's Phil Spencer recently mentioned to GamesIndustry.biz
, there are "more than two or three teams" working on Halo
projects at the moment, so the MMO concept might not be entirely dead.