Also another annoy aspect of this to think about is they are literally using the MCC as a testing ground for Infinite and they would rather base their judgement off of the fact that in the "MCC" a smaller portion of players play as Elites (which isn't surprising given there is "NOTHING" new for the Elites) than dedicate a season in the MCC to the Elites and let them actually see how many Elite players there truly are. I mean they have cut armors for the Elites in Halo Online, for crying out loud, they could mix and match the Reach Elites armors, they could give custom game options to allow us to force the "Preferred species preference to actually spawn you as either Spartan or Elite so that as long as its enabled, you can play as an Elite in Reach regardless the gamemode ect. They could atleast test if playable Elites would be a viable thing to bring back before deciding to go all out on Spartans, but they don't, they can't even give the games that have playable Elites in them already anything new, let alone bring them back in a brand new Halo because they are more focused on "Microtransactions" than what we actually want. I would gladly accept a monetized armor system in Halo Infinite, if 343 actually added in armors worth the real money I would pay for them, as well as whatever species I prefer. They don't even give the Elites a chance and that is the issue. I sometimes think the drastic change 343 made to the Elites in 4 and 5 as them secretly hoping if they made the Elites ''ugly'' we would no longer want them. I hate this, with Bungie I never had to worry about playable Elites not being in a Halo game past Halo 2, as they actually cared about the community and even went out of their way to make a compromise with Reach ( it may not be my most favorite version of them, but I would accept it, if that was a way 343 brought them back) why can't 343 do the same? Why do they constantly fail to even live up to what Bungie did a decade ago?343: You will accept what we give you
Fans: How about no?
343 got punched for 4 and 5's art style, do they want it again for blatantly ignoring part of their fanbase for the third time in a row?
Thing is I feel like we were so close with infinite. It seemed like all the bungie vibes were returning to fuse with what 343 brought to the table to give us a pretty good approximation of what a successful modern halo could be. Then came that qna that once again gave us the competitive, gimmicky side of 343 that will always seem to ruin the hype for me.
And now it’s been leaked that there’s gonna be 2 entirely NEW Spartans in the story?? They better be well written, because what happened to this being a chief only story? What happened to the Arbiter and SOS. The created?(unless it was in the recent books like shadows of reach that I have yet to read ). Going from “help evil cortana is taking over the galaxy. Ty arbiter for letting us stay on your planet so we can build our forces to strike back” to “ the entire unsc force at zeta halo got whipped by the banished so chief has to team up with a random survivor to do w/e ends up happening” seems like a pretty big gap to connect, like bigger than the disconnect of halo 4 to halo 5.
Just think, another opportunity to bring elites back if chief and brohammer have to get backup from arbiter and the SOS, but 343 is 343 so that 9/10 won’t happen. Hopefully the games planned 10 years at least covers the story part, but experience tells me it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. Hope I’m proven wrong, but for now I know I’m right.