Now to be clear, this isn't a post trying to convince why Elites should be in the game or anything like that... So please don't tell me to post this in the category for playable Elites because we both know you don't care about it, nor read it... but ALSO, because this post is to ask a simple question.Recently, I just got in a massive debate or rather exchange of articles between a fellow user on the forums. He basically played devil's advocate and ultimately came to the conclusion that ELITES... WILL NOT RETURN IN HALO INFINITE, this of course was backed up by some pretty solid points and also a lengthy explanation. I won't go over it of course but this basically put me in a crappy mood... In the Event that Playable Elites don't return in Infinite, It's safe to say that they never will, unless they make a Halo: reach Anniversary or Halo 3 Anniversary in about 5 or 10 years. This of course seems very unlikely considering that what MCC seems to try and do... In my opinion, MCC can improve and will improve, but it always will remain kind of crappy, in my opinion. To me personally, A fully fledged remaster for Halo 3 or Reach would be still worth while as long as it wasn't another MCC 2.0 and it was sold and made as it's OWN entity. Like Gears of War: UE for example. Also (Don't screw with the Art-style in Multiplayer like you did with H2A)Elites for me are a selling point. The question I personally ask is this... "Why buy Infinite if I can't even play as my favorite race..." After-all, Customization is a huge part of Halo's identity. Which includes Playable Elites. In fact, if you didn't know, they were actually supposed to be in CE. Elites were always meant to, and pretty much were, in the multiplayer of this franchise UNTIL 343i took over. Now, I have waited along time for this game, as we all have. This is the first time in awhile that we may actually get a REAL Halo game. it would be a MASSIVE and EXTREME tragedy for Elite players and honestly the general population as a whole, if Halo Infinite did EVERYTHING RIGHT, except.... Add playable Elites... Now how upsetting would that be? It honestly would suck... Like... BADLY 0_0 I feel like a lot of people out there, even Vet's like myself tend to throw Elites aside... like a secondary concern or objective. Now for obvious reason's, this makes sense. We are ALL human I assume right? So it makes sense for a majority to gravitate towards something you are familiar with realistically. Majority however doesn't mean that there is only like a 1000 of us... or even 100 thousand... I believe there is millions of em, undocumented and documented people who use playable Elites as a feature. In my own experience and accounts of memory, almost every game I went into had atleast 1 or 2 maybe even 3 Elite players out of 8 or 10 people back in Halo 2 and 3. Reach was a little less but I think that is for it's own reasons. However I believe the ratio is pretty substantial if you know what I mean. Point is, there are plenty of people and money to be made from adding Elites. For people like me, this is a selling point for your game because I'm confident in everything else, I honestly am. I have a sense of renewed faith for this company, however I cannot ignore the possibility that Elites will no longer be apart of this beloved franchise. It is truly disturbing to think about for me personally and if the community really doesn't care that much, then so be it. My only question is, Why fight so hard for something like Split- screen but not Playable elites? You know what I'm trying to say? If Elites don't ever come back, it'll be a sad day for people like me, but also the end of my Halo career as a whole until they come back or are in a Remaster. You might think playable Elites are not a big deal, and that's fine. It's your opinion, but I would ask that people see differently, from my perspective, Imagine if spartans weren't playable anymore and the Customization wasn't as good... You would fight like hell to bring em back right? Would you even buy the game?If people aren't willing to fight for this as hard as they did everything else, Then I guess the Community isn't as passionate about Elites as I thought... Perhaps I am wrong... Apologies everyone, I do not mean to sound dramatic, but I truly do love Elites, they are a big part of my history in Halo, Clans, Multiplayer, Story.... I was inspired by honor and some of the things they stood for when I was younger :3
Without Elites, I honestly don't know where I would be today in regards to the Franchise.I used to talk about their lore and there culture and the fact that they were inspired by the Japanese and stuff like that to my friends all the time. I met, and lost good friends in Elite clans, and have incredible competitive memories when me and my sister would battle Alien vs Human. we was both try hards at the game. It was a good memory for sure.... Imagine all the machinima's too... All the possibility with something, so simple but yet so largely important.
I made this and posted it in the "General discussion". That is why the intro to my essay here starts the way it does lol..