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Thursday, March 15, 2001
Halo Move to First-Person Shooter Confirmed
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Blue's News has been contacted by a Microsoft PR staff member who confirmed that the formerly third-person shooter Halo in development by Bungie Studios is now indeed first-person view when not driving a vehicle. Previous to the GameStock coverage, Halo had been demonstrated and maketed as a third-person view title. According to Blue's report, this shift had to do with implementing a control system on the X-box console; a first-person perspective was easier to aim with and control. Those who have played Oni on the PlayStation 2 with its similar dual-stick controller might agree with this decision, as the control of both the camera and your player at the same time can be difficult to manage. Here is an excerpt from Blue's report:

If you thought all this talk about Halo being played in a first person perspective is a little different from what we've been previously reporting, you're absolutely right. We contacted a Microsoft PR representative for the official word on this, and we have been told that Halo is now a full-fledged first person shooter, and not the third person game it was originally unveiled as. Believe it or not, this actually due to the Xbox controller (see below for more on this), as the Halo team felt playing in a first person perspective was easier on the console. The game will still switch to a third person perspective when controlling vehicles.
Presumably the third-person vehicle view will have a fixed camera, as with the third-person view on such games as 4x4 Evolution and Driver. The discussion of the pros and cons of this shift are part of a lively debate taking place in our Forums; feel free to add your own perspective to the discussion.

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