Why Halo: Fireteam Raven should be available outside of arcades

The latest entry in the Halo franchise was revealed to be Halo: Fireteam Raven last Thursday on Inside Xbox. In this on-rails cooperative shooter, you and up to three friends can play as members of an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper (ODST) squad called Fireteam Raven as they support the Master Chief during the events of the very first Halo game, Halo: Combat Evolved. It's planned to drop feet first into the public's hands this summer.

However, there's a catch: the game is only going to be available as a machine at the arcade. Here's why I think the title should eventually be made available on Microsoft platforms.

Location, location, location

As the medium of video games has evolved over time, and versatile gaming hardware has become a common household product, many arcades have struggled to remain afloat. Though massive companies like Dave & Busters have been able to achieve success, it doesn't have locations everywhere.

Because of the scarcity of places like this, many people will not be able to play Fireteam Raven without setting a massive chunk of time or gas money aside to visit a destination where it's located. Bringing the game to Xbox One and/or Windows 10, however, would make it possible to access the title quickly and easily.

A great Mixed Reality opportunity

While it's true that Windows Mixed Reality became compatible with SteamVR last holiday season, the fact remains that if you're someone who games a lot through the Microsoft Store, there's currently little available to you in terms of a satisfying VR experience. Fireteam Raven, though, looks like it could offer a solid one — if it came to Windows 10.

It's likely that the game would need some work done to make it work well with virtual reality, but considering the vast sea of resources at Microsoft's disposal, I think it's more than reasonable to assume it could pull it off. At the moment, Windows Mixed Reality needs all the help it can get, and Fireteam Raven is an opportunity for it that shouldn't be missed.

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Bringing splitscreen back

One of the biggest issues people had with Halo 5: Guardians was the fact that it did not have local splitscreen multiplayer, a first for the franchise after over a decade of the feature being present. The blowback was so fierce that it prompted 343 Industries' executive producer Bonnie Ross to promise that splitscreen would return in all future games last year.

Read: Halo 6 for Xbox One: Everything we expect so far

It has now been over two years since the release of Halo 5, and though we know the next Halo will have splitscreen, we have no idea when that game is coming. Unless it gets a surprise 2018 release, it's entirely possible that fans will be stuck waiting for another year. Due to this, I believe that Microsoft should bring Fireteam Raven to Xbox One and make splitscreen multiplayer a feature. This way, Halo fans who are dying to couch game with their friends have something new to enjoy while patiently awaiting the series' next big release.

Your thoughts

Do you think Halo: Fireteam Raven should be made available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs? If so, what features should it have, and how much do you think it should cost? Let me know.

If you're looking for some Halo action while waiting for Fireteam Raven, check out Halo 5, Halo Wars 2, and The Master Chief Collection.

Brendan Lowry

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

  • Virtua cop, Time Crisis, House of the dead series, to name a few all made it work on console after being arcade games first, and all didn't require a light gun. I don't see a reason why Halo Fireteam Raven cant do the same.
  • I was thinking the same thing. Could come with an accessory too.
  • They would HAVE to come up with a new accessory. The traditional tech of lightguns from older consoles only work on CRTs and not LCD, OLED or other types of flat panel displays. That being said I'd be down for a Halo replica pistol or battle rifle to use with this game.
  • I have to agree. Should be a VR game
  • 2010 graphics, 1995 gameplay. hard pass
  • I would say it needs to be available outside arcades so people will actually play it.
  • I'm totally going to Dave & Busters when it comes out lol. But I would rather play on my Xbox/PC!
  • Personally I would. Love to see light gun games come back to console with a proper light gun. Time crisis and point blank were my absolute go to's back in the day. Not too fussed about this game TBH unless a proper light gun is involved. Then bring all the light gun games back to console! On the other hand, I do love arcades, and it s nice to see big game developers supporting them like this... Most arcade games feel dated. To bring this, Forza, and even Killer instinct into Arcade Cabinets is awesome... If they did more ai should think there would be an uptick in arcade goers...
  • Time Crisis was dope. Preach
  • I don't think it should. They are paying money to create it, they are spending a lot on those arcade machines. That's money that has to be made back. Yes, some time in the future it might be made available to Xbox, but for now it's a thing that wouldn't even exist without the arcade cabinet and as such it has to make back all the money first. Otherwise nobody would play it there.
  • I think that game will come to standard platforms like Xbox One & Windows 10 a few/several months after release in arcade cabine. Maybe even as a bonus to pre-order or/and special editions of new flagship AS A "Halo" for Xbox One and then as a standalone game for everyone. As Japan old games which debuted first on arcade, then came to the consoles. Or like "Halo: Spartan Assault" which was released as a first choice on mobile devices and few month later on Xbox One and Windows 10. (But I don't know why "Spartan Strike" is not available for Xbox One. That's strange.)
  • We never even got Spartan Strike on Xbox...I'd be surprised if we get this.
  • Well, here's another missed opportunity for the kinect. 😶.
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