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Halo 5 doesn't, and won't, have splitscreen - but Halo 6 might

Splitscreen will be a topic Halo 5 (opens in new tab) developer 343 Industries revisits for the next Halo game, franchise director Frank O'Connor says. His comments come in the wake of frustration felt by fans regarding Halo 5's lack of splitscreen play, with angry comments sections, forum posts (opens in new tab), and Change.org petitions - the largest of which (opens in new tab) has just shy of 9,000 supporters - aplenty. According to statements made by O'Connor in June, splitscreen (along with some resolution compromises (opens in new tab)) was a necessary cut to keep the game and its combat simulation running at 60 frames per second.

That's why we asked O'Connor during a GamesRadar+ How It's Done livestream (opens in new tab) about the future of this much-requested feature:

"Realistically, for Halo 5, it's not something we can just throw in a patch," O'Connor said. "It's just not feasible with the way the engine works." Now, before you get too sad, O'Connor admitted that the blowback to splitscreen removal has been "huge," and that just because it's not in Halo 5 doesn't mean the feature is gone forever.

"Splitscreen is fun for me too. It's not something that I object to, and we would've loved to put it in," O'Connor said. "We'll talk about it for the next game, and we'll talk about it for the future."

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Sam Prell
Sam Prell

Sam is a former News Editor here at GamesRadar. His expert words have appeared on many of the web's well-known gaming sites, including Joystiq, Penny Arcade, Destructoid, and G4 Media, among others. Sam has a serious soft spot for MOBAs, MMOs, and emo music. Forever a farm boy, forever a '90s kid.