In my childhood, split screen gaming was everything.
My brother and I spend hours/days on the Sega Mega drive playing Sonic 2, long nights on the N64 playing Goldeneye and even longer nights playing Halo. All in split screen.
Granted, online gaming wasn’t available at those points (barely scraping it with Halo), and clearly it’s been an awesome development for gaming and the way people enjoy games.
But honestly, what happens when I have a mate over and we want to shoot some grunts, drive some warthogs and have a laugh in person. Not cool 343, not cool.
Confirmation came today in odd fashion where the development director for the franchise Frank O’Conner responded to a fan on Twitter on the issue.
Nontrivial huh? This game must have one of the biggest budgets, if not infinite an infinite budget to make, and if I can’t pay this game with my little brother it’s a reason not to buy it, or even stop playing it. A lot of the team here love their Xbox live, and I appreciate that, but me, I’m old school. I like levels to complete, and doing it with a best buddy in the bean bag next to me.
To misquote Sergeant Johnson, When I joined the Corps, we didn’t have any fancy-schmanzy Xbox live. We had split screen! And that matters still.
Mr Frank O’Conner, I urge you to pull out all the stops to get split screen, and by the prophets if you sell it as an upgrade, you will have my Spartan laser to answer to.