The Halo brand has grown so large over the past 12 years. Not only are games, books, and TV shows part of this phenomenon, but it has also spawned a line of toys. Halo action figures and Mega Bloks sets are hot items on toy store shelves despite the games being rated M, for gamers 17 years or older.
And how could one forget about the music? Perhaps Halo’s most appealing trait is its music. The Beautiful scores, originally composed by Bungie’s in-house composer Marty O’Donnell are ingrained into video game culture. Other artists like Neil Davidge, composer of Halo 4, and Tom Salta, composer for the Window’s 8 game Spartan Assault have built on Marty’s legacy adding their own touch to the iconic sounds of Halo. You can read my interview with Tom Salta here.
Ultimately, it is the community that keeps Halo going. There are millions of fans across the globe. As Halo’s fan base grew, so did their creations. One of the most memorable and enduring early fan creations was Rooster Teeth’s Machinima series Red vs. Blue. This series’ hilarious characters and story line caught the attention of Microsoft who has since hired them to promote some of the Halo games like Halo 3, Halo Reach, and Halo 4. Other fan creations include the 405th, a group of costume designers who created their own versions of the iconic Moljnir Armor and various other fan sites that come up with their own Halo content. The most recent invention of the Halo community is a Halo web browser game that is in the early stages of development. You can check out their progress here.
The Halo community has come far in the past 12 years and continues to grow as they anticipate any news on Halo: Xbox One. In 343i’s 9/11/13 Bulletin, 343 Community Manager Jessica Shea said; “We’re extremely excited about the Xbox One, and the wheels of the next installment in the franchise are spinning at a lightning fast speed.” But that’s all we’ll get for now. When Halo: Xbox One does finally see the light of day, a new day for Halo will dawn on the Xbox One.