Microsoft Explains Master Chief’s New Look

Microsoft Explains Master Chief’s New Look


If you got a chance to check out Microsoft’s teaser for Halo 4, you were probably as confused as we were by Master Chief’s apparent lack of armor. And where did his jetpack go? These are very real concerns for the hardcore Halo fan.

Well, this week Microsoft updated the official Halo site with an explanation for some of the changes: “In Halo 4, we are interested in doing something the franchise does well on the book side, and that’s helping shape the narrative,” the post reads. “Halo is a compelling and deep universe, and we want to tell the story of this bio-engineered super-soldier.”

The blog goes on to explain that that one of Master Chief’s defining characteristics is his armor. “…he’s wearing 800 pounds of tank and jet fighter” it reads. “So we pulled that design into the armor and HUD. When you play Halo 4, it’s important you understand that you’re more than just a gun on the screen. To give you that feeling, we have represented that weight with player physics, without interrupting crosshair and shooting accuracy.”

Kenneth Scott, Halo 4’s senior art director, also weighed in on the subject. “A big focus on the Chief’s armor was his physicality and putting the player in those mighty shoes,” Scott said. “Getting that weight across in the design had us looking at a lot of contemporary military vehicles, and we pushed detail and form into the armor that implied that history. This is the bleeding edge of military technology.”

Hardcore fans might not be very happy by the change, but it’s good to see that Microsoft is constantly willing to rethink their designs and improve the thought process behind them.

Halo 4 will most likely be available around the holiday season, but no official release date has been given by Microsoft.

By Josh Engen

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