You know whats funny, the so called purist halo fan that you are knocking right now.
well they predicted halo 4 abysmal failure. they were RIGHT. you see, halo.
you see it was those purist who made halo what it is.
also, how is the halo community "thriving" it has 5% of it's release day population playing halo 4, the forums are a wreck, where activity wise, it IS dead, you want to see a thriving community, look at the bungie forums, there are new post all the time, from new people all the time, here it's the same people posting repeated content over and over and over.
I knew someone would say this. Even if there are 5,000 people playing Halo, it is alive. It doesn't matter how many, it only matters that that amount loves what they're doing. Life in something is not a physical representation, it is mental.
question, if 5% of your body was still functional, would you qualify as "alive" (the answer is yes, but is it living? the anser to that is no)
lets take a look at halo 4 achievements.
biggest drop in players over the shortest amount of time
biggest drop in feature added between iterations (look at all the halo 4 stuff they ADDED and now had to REMOVE in halo 5)
halo the led to having halo REMOVED from the pro gaming scene.
significant decrease in player created halo related content.
343 iteration of halo is a living brain in a jar, (and not the futurama type) is it alive, yes is it living? nope nope nope.