I'm going to give 343 a chance here. Let's think of the pros/cons objectively.
Halo 4 came out, great trailer too. Had me pumped. More pumped than this trailer did actually, but also less comfortable than this trailer made me Reasons will be explained.
So I wanted to see the halo series continue as I felt it was unfinished.
As I played halo 4, I was pleasantly surprised at the graphics and presentation and liked that it started off right where halo 3 ended.
But, after a mediocre campaign, I moved onto the next debacle - the COD esque features of the multiplayer. It felt peppered with something that was un-halo like.
Nevertheless, I still felt the good base engine of the halo fps standard, and halo 4 still ranks high in my all time halo rankings, above reach, but before halo 3 or possibly tied!
Halo 5, the trailers with locke, etc made me horrendously uncomfortable, and halo became less grand in scope. Meanwhile, when actually playing the game, it went too far in the other direction with all kinds of a.i. ancestry -Yoink-. Now onto the multiplayer, It was touted to bring back, (yea.. that's right..), 343 claimed they had learned their lesson and were going to restore the gameplay back to the way it was; with the power weopons and arena styles combat. Well, it didn't fail miserably. In fact I like halo 5, and I play it from time to time. But, the increased agility of the game, was clearly more deep into the realm of COD-esque gameplay again. It lost the purity of halo and became too intense. It hurt my fingers trying to dive, and boost forward with jetpack etc. So the muliplayer was overall pretty good. But, for 343 standards that is.
It didn't really carry the series forward much the way halo 2 did with the matchmaking options, the ranking system, the amazingly well balanced game types that segregated people just right; not too thin not too skewed towards 1 game type, and the ability to steal vehicles, amount of new weopons etc. As for the halo 5 Campaign on the other hand, it is absolute -Yoink-. Not even going to explain why, but they followed halo 2's campaign model, yet still failed miserably. Locke was supposed to be like Arbiter. WTF? 343, that was like the biggest complaint of halo 2 that people didn't like playing as the arbiter too much, and wanted more of chief. The arbiter was ok, but not 50%, and then they do the same exact thing with Locke in halo 5. Halo 5 is to halo 4, and halo 2 is to halo 1. Both sequels to their trilogies, so this was obviously a formulaic plot line from 343.
So, we've been giving 343 a chance, time in and time out.. But, let's consider one more thing. After halo 2, even Bungie didn't really deliver in the halo campaign.
The halo 3 campaign played it kinda safe, tying some loose ends, and basically being a homage to the first halo in the way it ended. However, the production value was still there, with the presentation, level design and martin'o'-Yoinking!- donnell's amazing ost. And then the multiplayers was a nice evolutionary step up. Good stuff.
But, seeing as the campaign.. hasn't delivered since halo 2.. how can we expect anything good with the halo campaign here? I'll agree that halo 2's plant monster and abrupt-seeming end pissed me off as well as many others in 2004. But, it was still a very ambitious campaign in terms of moving the storyline forward and introducing the covenant hierarchy and such. And, the presentation value was out of the charts, it brought true emotional depth in the campaign, presentation, and the dark blue UI, oh man. Even with Halo 2 though, many incl. myself complained about the lack of graphics delivery that they promised in e3 2003, and other immature things I complained about at the time. Halo 2 overall, through time, was and is magnificent, in an era that (preceded COD and gears, halo kept coming with something new in each game, that's HALO, that's why you see the memes like 'I know I can't but he can'. That's halo folks!
In conclusion, 343 gave us something new in halo 4 from bungie. It's good, not great. Halo 5 didn't give much new, a step down.
Halo 6, story wise? how can you expect 343 to deliver? Come on.. they'd have to pull something out of a unicorn's -Yoink- to do that.
This trailer shows nothing new. Another halo? hahahahaha So funny, didn't we see another halo in like .. halo 2?
So what can we expect, what should we expect? We should expect an homage to halo 1, halo 4, and 343 wrapping up the campaign in a similar way as bungie tried to do with halo 3. There's literally nothing left to expect from the campaign. Are they going to rehash the same absurd cortana storyline? are they going to bring back cortana's creator (what's her name?), maybe the Arbiter's death will be there? maybe Locke dies? maybe the Flood are eliminated? They are going to obviously follow halo 3's plotline and kill someone, like they did Sgt. Johnson.
or maybe oo oo oo, or maybe they'll actually have the balls to try something new. Maybe, the earth blows us,
Maybe, the demolition of all the haloes would be somewhat satisfactory. Maybe, the chief dies.
Although I doubt the execution or attempt at any of this.
There's hope for 343, but from their track record, we won't see it.
However, for multiplayer, I am hoping 343 will deliver. They have a real chance here folks.