December 3, 2011
Master Chief, the same but different
Halo 4 will kick off a new trilogy in the Halo universe and has been under development for some time now and is scheduled for release in 2012. With Bungie having left Microsoft and 343 Studios taking over the Halo franchise its no surprise that some changes would come to Halo, however subtle or minimal they may be.
343 didnt just come in and claim Halo as their own, there was a significant amount of deliberation between bungie, 343 and the author of some of the Halo books. In my opinion 343 has taken the right steps and attitude toward continuing the Halo franchise and in turn any changes made to Halo will add to the experience rather than hinder it. It is however require some large stones to alter an iconic character in a multi million dollar franchise. 343 has dropped a pair and has said that Halo 4 will feature a Master Chief with a different look. The changes will be made to Master Chief’s armor and also his AI companion Cortana. There is little detail at this time but Master Chief’s armor will be different. The difference will reflect a the Chief’s evolution to having spent a significant amount of time in space and also a different artistic view. A change will also be seen in Cortana that will reflect the extensive amount of knowledge she has gained as well as the nearing of the end of her 7 year life span.
This can come off as a scary thing, granted the changes seem to be purely aesthetic thus far but it raises the question, what else will change? Will we recognize Master Chief’s personality or will it feel as if the Chief has been replaced? Only time will tell, but it would seem that 343 is headed in the right direction and if they’re smart they’ll be cautious not to botch the multi million dollar IP they’ve been given control over. And lets be honest, a good IP can only go so far before its due for some character and story evolution to keep things fresh and unpredictable.
What changes are you hoping to see in Halo 4? What are you thoughts on 343 taking over a Bungie creation?