Whoa now there is a large Elite community that still loves Halo regardless but saying that them leaving won't affect the game at all is a big lie just like split screen users or Bungie purists our population got reduced and you have to realize that.
I'm not one to tell others how to play a game or how to have fun but you are going to be missing out on a lot just because you can't play as an Elite that you can't even see until you die or get in a vehicle.
Indeed, they seem to be aware of it. So the only way this can be heard is by speaking with our wallets and not buy or play the game. That's what I'm doing. Not even the new forge will be enough.
Thing is, there's over 10,000 replies to this thread, clearly it is causing a big stir in the waypoint forums, there has never been a thread with this many people demanding the return of elites, it's obviously something a decent portion of the community wants. Elites have already been in Halo, now 343i is just all "yeah we took away a feature you guys liked for no reason whatsoever, deal with it." It's kinda insulting.
Very good point snicker :)
That's kinda my point though. You guys want Elites. Others want dual wielding. Others want X. Others want Y. Others want Z. And, and, and, etc.
There are a lot of requests for Halo 5, and we have only one: playable Elites. That's not unreasonable, especially considering that it has been done 3 times before.
Just tired of 343i not listening to us when it comes to the small features.If 343 listened to everyone's requests, the game they put out would be an unmitigated disaster.
Not everyone can get what they want even though their wants seem reasonable on paper. If 343 listened to everyone, the game would be a cluster of epic proportions.
There's people saying that they don't need to listen to our requests, but they claim they do, the only request 343i has ever listened too was removing classes.
No one asked for them to dumb down armor customization but they chose to do that, but thousands of people ask for elites and they completely ignore us.
343 is too big to be affected by a few people that decide not to buy the game. It's like trying to boycott Mcdonald's. Even if every single person that replied in this thread were to not purchase the game, 343 wouldn't be affected by it at all.
I'm sure there are lots of people who enjoyed playing as Elites (I was one of them, believe it or not) but how many of you are going to actually make a stand and not buy the game just because they didn't come back?
Lets assume that there are 10,000 people that won't buy Halo 5 because there are no playable Elites, which is not likely at all but lets just pretend there is. There are hundreds of thousands of gamers who buy and play each Halo game. Halo 4 (just an example) had about 400,000 people, at the same time, playing it's multiplayer in the first week. That's just multiplayer, not even counting Campaign. In this situation, not even 5% of the player-base has left due to Elites not returning.
I'm sorry but the Elite community just isn't as big as you think it is, at least not when you look at the bigger picture. Most Halo fans couldn't be bothered to care about playing as an Elite and I can tell you exactly why. It's because they offer nothing new or interesting. They are literally just a skin-swap with a broken hitbox. I understand that some people feel like they can't play as anything but an Elite, but then what do you have to say about Halo: CE? Halo has proven that it doesn't have to have playable Elites just to be a proper Halo game.
The truth is, Bungie added Elites into the multiplayer because resizing/porting an already existing playable model (The Arbiter) was easier than having to design completely new Spartan armor/helmet designs. It was a way to give players cosmetic variety in a cheap and easy way. Times have changed and now it is feasible to make multiple Spartan armor designs (175 to be exact) instead of having to lazily port over an already existing character model.
343 hasn't forgotten about the Sangheili, we just can't play as them. We are going to be interacting with the Arbiter in this Campaign and even go to the Sangheili home world.
As a player who loves Elites, does that not interest you? Seeing the Arbiter again? Exploring Sangheilios?