Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries, has given a lengthy interview recently where she discussed her lengthy career in gaming, as well as the lessons that she applied to the development of 343's upcoming instalment to the Halo franchise.
By the way, Ross, who also happens to be a corporate vice president of Microsoft, has just been inducted in the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame for her 20+ year career in gaming.
Ross pointed out that becoming head of 343 Industries and getting "the keys" to the entire Halo franchise all happened once Bungie decided they wanted out. With the future of Halo practically up in the air, she said, it was time to make the difficult move, in spite of many voices advising her otherwise.
Asked whether she feels 343 got a bit of a rough treatment over Halo 4, Ross said that while it may have been the case, it was probably understandable as they were still coming to grips with everything Bungie has built so far.
As far as Halo Infinite goes, Ross claims that the entire studio took a step back and reflected on what the franchise means to them, as well listed specific things they got wrong or knocked out of the park.
"But what does Halo mean to us? It's about hope and wonder, and heroism and humanity, and community and bringing a community together. That's what that [E3] trailer is, and that's what we want to do", she added.
Ross also reflected on battle royale, the genre that is all the rage at the moment, and while she stopped short of promising the mode in Halo Infinite, she did say that 343 are constantly evaluating what the franchise may benefit from.
Although unrelated to Halo, we particularly liked the part where Ross talks about Alexey Pajitnov, the man behind Tetris, claiming that he played a huge role in her stepping out of the sports game genre and expanding her portfolio.
"He is a magical person and he sees the world in such a visually artistic way, that it basically ignited, I think, my love for things besides just sports and sports games", she added. Well mister Pajitnov, thanks from us at AltChar as well. Again.