When franchises get long in the tooth, change is necessary to keep things fresh. One of those changes that 343 Industries made with Halo 5: Guardians is the removal of the split-screen feature that was present in older Halo games. It was used for cooperative and competitive multiplayer.
Well, the feature will be coming back.
It might be too late for Halo 5: Guardians, but 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross recently confirmed that split-screen functionality will be coming back in future Halo titles. According to Ross, “I would say for any FPS going out forward we will always have split screen going forward…”
She also said that Halo 5: Guardians and its changes was a painful experience for the company. “We’ve also had a lot of learnings along the way,” Ross said. “You know when we fell down with the multiplayer launch of [Halo: The Master Chief Collection], or when we didn’t put split screen in with Halo 5. I think it’s incredibly painful for the community and for us. It erodes trust with the community, as the community is part of our world building.”
Prior to this, Halo 5’s then-creative director Josh Holmes said that removing split-screen was “one of the most difficult ones we’ve ever had to make as a studio.” At least it will be back.