You could have not said anything and contributed as much to the conversation.
Slow clap for you sir. Couldn't of said it better myself.
If I could describe 343i with a single word, that word would be "lazy" everything about their games H4 MCC H5, all of it just feels lazyI think of them more as disrespectful.
Disrespectful to the franchise, and disrespectful to the fans. They come off like they truly do not care about anything negative their actions may cause. I'm not exaggerating... to me, 343 only cares about money. They are willing to lie to people to get money out of them, with no care for any lack of quality or negative experience they create.
If 343 were legally allowed to create an option within Halo 5 that said "Click here to pay $10 and get split-screen option!" and all it did was permanently delete H5 from your hard drive and destroy any inserted disc, and if it had no impact on REQ pack and Halo 6 sales, they'd do it.
There's seriously no integrity at all. They do whatever makes the most money, with no other factors considered.
But in all honestly, I disagree with both of you. When have they lied? Also, disrespectful, to US, you AND me, the fans? They didn't release a half -Yoinked!- forged, like some Halo's did. Also, you do realize, at the same timeframe Halo 4 and Reach had about the same amount of content. And don't forget, we had to pay for Spartan Ops and DLC. As for Reach, that multiplayer was a bit of a mess, fun, but a mess. So take off your nostalgia goggles, and look at Halo 5 objectively. A slightly rushed (by Microsoft, not 343) Halo game, pretty well done, but wanting in the game mode area. Thats about it, right?
When have they lied?
After the launch of Halo 4, people complained that Fileshare was't working. 343i told us that they were working on it, and that it would arrive in a few weeks. After a few weeks, they said it would be in another week, then December, then the following year.
Next, after people had asked for ranks in Halo 4, 343i announced that CSR would be put into halo 4, cleverly wording it so that it wasn't clear whether it would be in-game or not. Finally, after months of people asking for clarification, 343i admitted that CSR would not actually be in Halo 4. When asked why, they first claimed that it was due to UI limitations. Later they said it was because it promotes cheating and account selling.
343i also advertised that DLC cosmetics from the Champions Bundle would work in all areas of the game. It wasn't until after the game was updated with the new content and people started to run into issues that 343i explained that the new content would not work in Spartan Ops. When asked why this was the case, and why it no one was told ahead of time, 343i went dark for about a month before telling everyone that the Xbox 360 didn't have enough RAM.
They said that theater support for campaign was removed because they ran out of time, and that it would have been too much work to put it in after release. However, players dug into the game's code and found that campaign theater was present and functional, but simply had a few bugs that needed to be worked out.
Also, 343i advertised Halo The Master Chief Collection as having all of the content and features of all four games, yet upon release players discovered a number of features that had been removed, wholly aside from the fact that the game was a broken disaster.
There aren't many instances that can be pointed to where 343i has lied outright, but they have certainly showed a propensity for being very cavalier with the truth.
As for content, Halo Reach launched with more content that any other Halo game to date. Spartan Ops was released for free a short time after Halo 4's release.