Master Chief Won't Unmask in Halo 4

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Master Chief Won't Unmask in Halo 4

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Halo 4's protagonist won't show his face, but he may die.

Nothing spoils a good mystery like finally unraveling it. If you want some instant gravitas for a character, all you have to do is add a mask. Conversely, if you want to bring him or her right back down to Earth, remove it. Primers on how to create instant drama aside, 343 Industries wants to keep the tension high and plant Master Chief's helmet firmly on his head in the upcoming Halo 4. That said, it's not averse to killing him off at some point.

"It's funny we don't then show his face," says Frank O'Connor, the franchise development director for Halo. "But that's a device to keep the player invested in the character and keep the player from constantly being reminded that they're not a hero [in real life]." O'Connor explains that while Master Chief's appearance is actually well-known to fans of the Halo novels, he doesn't feel that his face should make the jump to videogames. In movies and books, O'Connor argues, the consumer does not have to feel like he or she is actually experiencing the protagonist's adventure, but keeping a videogame's main character somewhat muted can help draw gamers further into the action.

The only problem is that Master Chief may die without ever showing his face, as O'Connor remains vague on Master Chief's continued survival in the next title. "That's a conversation I can't get into. I'll say that in Halo 4, things happen ... [Interesting] stories have things that happen in them that are not comfortable and that are meaningful and that are permanent." This could just be O'Connor's way of remaining coy about the game's plot details, but with a number of games, books, and movies that don't involve him, the Halo franchise can probably survive without its most recognizable character.

If you're still curious about Master Chief's appearance, author Eric Nylund details it in the tie-in novel The Fall of Reach. Of course, you may find the character less compelling once the allure of the unknown is gone, but some mysteries must be solved.

Source: Eurogamer

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He's Gordon Freeman isn't he?

I feel this is somewhat related:

Personally, I'm good with either leaving it on or taking it off. Just hope the game's good.

DVS BSTrD:
He's Gordon Freeman isn't he?

Nah. Chief talks too much.

I may remember wrong, but didn't they say Chief may die about Halo 3 as well?I may be getting confused withthe advertising for Reach, but they can't pull the same thing twice.

He's not going to die, he has to be milked for the other 2 games in the new trilogy!

Why are they just throwing spoilers around like, "Yeah, he's probably going to blow up or some shit."

If I still cared about the story of this franchise this would piss me off.

He isn't going to die in Halo 4. It's a new trilogy.

But if he doesn't die in Halo 6, I'll be shocked.

He won't die in Halo 4, Spartan Ops takes place after Halo 4 and they say you run into Master Chief from time to time in it.

I'm glad they won't show his face. I like the mystery but he won't die. I smell a new trilogy and killing him off this quick won't happen. Maybe a big explosion where it's assumed he's dead kind of like the end of Halo 3 but even then I highly doubt it.

Irridium:
I feel this is somewhat related:

Personally, I'm good with either leaving it on or taking it off. Just hope the game's good.

I fell like this video is a great representation of Halo 4 more than anything. Or at least it was until they started showing off the guns in that game though I still think I'd rather have a Needler circa Halo 3 than the Liefeldian blasters you seem to get in 4.

I lost interest in what Chief looks like when I finished the fight however many years ago. I bet that if he does take his mask off though he'll look something like this:

Spartans never die, they just go missing in action.

I remember each game has had people trolling and saying, "If you beat the game with all the skulls on legendary, you see him take off his helmet at the end" or some other such nonsense. Over the years, I have seen and been a part of the "Chief should take his helmet off!" vs "No he shouldn't!" discussion, so many times...

I seriously doubt we'll be seeing his ugly mug anytime soon, and I hope it stays like that.
I also doubt they'll be killing him anytime soon, but I've seen quite a lot of death in the Halo series. Chief dying wouldn't surprise me that much.

Shoggoth2588:

Irridium:
I feel this is somewhat related:

Personally, I'm good with either leaving it on or taking it off. Just hope the game's good.

I fell like this video is a great representation of Halo 4 more than anything. Or at least it was until they started showing off the guns in that game though I still think I'd rather have a Needler circa Halo 3 than the Liefeldian blasters you seem to get in 4.

I lost interest in what Chief looks like when I finished the fight however many years ago. I bet that if he does take his mask off though he'll look something like this:

Last I heard of his appearance it was when he was a wee ginger kid with a gap in his teeth.

OT: "But that's a device to keep the player invested in the character and keep the player from constantly being reminded that they're not a hero [in real life]." [/i]

Never. Ever let this man speak again. Do you think I put myself in the armour? That I've been picturing me in my trademark aviators running about shooting aliens?

In real life I fight my battles through wit and charm. In games with that option, I like to do the same. My RPG characters always have speech skills maxed out. I put myself in games with customisable play and ONLY those. [i]Halo is the story of Master Chief. I KNEW 343 would fuck this up, and he's qualified my prediction beyond all doubt with one phrase.

Forget well-written stories and character arcs, YOU'RE the hero, little Timmy.

Chief is pretty boring already, they don't need to worry about adding character by just showing his face.

"But that's a device to keep the player invested in the character and keep the player from constantly being reminded that they're not a hero [in real life]."

This doesn't make sense to me. I argue I'm more invested in a character when I can see their face and see they are vulnerable and human... or humanoid. I'm less invested when they hide behind a mask all the time and I know fuck-all about them. Batman, Spiderman, and Iron Man would all be less compelling and fun if we didn't see the non-heroic side of their lives. (especially with Mr. Stark.)

Well considering cloning is already established in the lore, if they've advance the timeline enough to work out the biological and technological issues of the flash clones not lasting very long they could kill "Chief" over and over. And I seem to remembering seeing about about how Halo 4 was going to delve more into the Spartan program, which would likely include the flash cloning that went on.

I'd be perfectly okay with him unmasking if they used the likeness of Liam Neeson.

MC shouldn't be unmasked, look at the Halo 3 ending he just goes back into cryo saying, "wake me if you need me" the point is he has no name, no face, no hero's welcome. Once you put a face on him its ruined.

So they're going to kill him off, like Bungie killed him in Halo 3? Or Core killed Lara Croft in Tomb Raider 4? Or Konami killed Snake at beginning of MGS2? Or Crytek killed Prophet a...

DVS BSTrD:
He's Gordon Freeman isn't he?

No, we can already prove he's not the Freeman, for one thing he's too tall, for another he can... y'know... the thing with the noise.

Honestly, by this point it either has to be something mind-blowing (like Master Chief being Cthulhu or something), or it'll be a letdown. Personally, I say the same thing I said to that firefighter chick I dated: Leave the helmet on...

Edit ignore this post.

if he dies without having peace they are going to die (not a treat just a assessment what angry fans are probably going to do)

I don't really see the big deal. Wouldn't he basically look like any other action game hero? Caucasian, brown hair, a bit grizzled, three day beard. Maybe a few scars. Hell, he'd probably just look like Jango and Boba Fett under that helmet. He's supposed to basically be human, right? Maybe genetically overpowered or something, but I don't really see how anything underneath that helmet could be that amazing. And that "identify with him"-crap? I don't wear a helmet 24/7.

But we already know what's under his helmet... another helmet.

fix-the-spade:
So they're going to kill him off, like Bungie killed him in Halo 3? Or Core killed Lara Croft in Tomb Raider 4? Or Konami killed Snake at beginning of MGS2? Or Crytek killed Prophet a...

DVS BSTrD:
He's Gordon Freeman isn't he?

No, we can already prove he's not the Freeman, for one thing he's too tall, for another he can... y'know... the thing with the noise.

Plus Mr Freeman knows how to carry more than two guns at once. Thats when he's using guns, and not playing with gravity...

I've always thought the look they gave him was really bad. He looks like a very generic character, bland, rather drab and uninteresting, and honestly that's the look that suits him; drab and uninteresting. Worse than that is the voice, though. Like the unfortunately acted Agent 47, Master Chief sounds nasal and dorky. I don't know that I need to see what he looks like beneath the bland space armor, doesn't really matter.

I'd be more interested if they actually made a better than functional single player game, perhaps without the cliffhanger ending?

Icehearted:
Like the unfortunately acted Agent 47, Master Chief sounds nasal and dorky.

Never seen anyone have anything bad to say about Bateson's performance as 47, especially considering the latest development's in Absolution's...er, development.

What is it exactly that you don't like about it? I'm really curious.

I thought he was pretty well described in the books, so I really do not understand what all the fuss is about.

What do you expect that he'll look like?

A grizzled, short brown hai-

Skeleon:
I don't really see the big deal. Wouldn't he basically look like any other action game hero? Caucasian, brown hair, a bit grizzled, three day beard. Maybe a few scars. Hell, he'd probably just look like Jango and Boba Fett under that helmet. He's supposed to basically be human, right? Maybe genetically overpowered or something, but I don't really see how anything underneath that helmet could be that amazing. And that "identify with him"-crap? I don't wear a helmet 24/7.

damn.

It would be an interesting experiment to release a batch of like, 30 copies in which he'd been changed to be revealed as a latino, or as a woman with a voice-altering device.

fozzy360:

Icehearted:
Like the unfortunately acted Agent 47, Master Chief sounds nasal and dorky.

Never seen anyone have anything bad to say about Bateson's performance as 47, especially considering the latest development's in Absolution's...er, development.

What is it exactly that you don't like about it? I'm really curious.

I think he's a fine actor, don't get me wrong, and I've sort of come to enjoy his work in the games, but as 47 there's room to improve. I think the best way of describing it is very off-pitched and wooden. I realize the character is generally unemotional, but there's a difference between stoic and bland. In some ways it actually comes off like trying to do an impression, and it's really nasal.

I apologize if that's not a very good explanation, it's difficult to quantify how it puts me off, but it does. By comparison, I actually liked Tim Olyphant's version a little more.

Icehearted:
I've always thought the look they gave him was really bad. He looks like a very generic character, bland, rather drab and uninteresting, and honestly that's the look that suits him; drab and uninteresting. Worse than that is the voice, though. Like the unfortunately acted Agent 47, Master Chief sounds nasal and dorky. I don't know that I need to see what he looks like beneath the bland space armor, doesn't really matter.

I'd be more interested if they actually made a better than functional single player game, perhaps without the cliffhanger ending?

I don't think you know what nasal and dorky mean, that would be like Donalds voice mixed with Goofy's voice.

Master Chief's is the opposite of that, his voice is clear and deep.

It probably for the best that his true face will forever remind a mystery.

I dunno how I feel about this. On one hand, I already have a damn good idea of what he looks like, thanks to the comics and the books. On the other, if his face doesn't live up to my expectations, which is unlikely, I'll be disappointed. I'm sure I'd get over it though.

Eh, I say bring on the face. Bring it!

Chief sure likes to tease doesn't he?

I personally believe it would ruin the character to reveal his face. I mean look what happened with Tali in Mass Effect 3... you'll never please everyone. Besides, is it really that important to everyone?

GiglameshSoulEater:
I may remember wrong, but didn't they say Chief may die about Halo 3 as well?I may be getting confused withthe advertising for Reach, but they can't pull the same thing twice.

Well technically he did die in Halo 3. At least every character still alive believed him to have perished...

Thyunda:
OT: "But that's a device to keep the player invested in the character and keep the player from constantly being reminded that they're not a hero [in real life]."

Never. Ever let this man speak again. Do you think I put myself in the armour? That I've been picturing me in my trademark aviators running about shooting aliens?

In real life I fight my battles through wit and charm. In games with that option, I like to do the same. My RPG characters always have speech skills maxed out. I put myself in games with customisable play and ONLY those. Halo is the story of Master Chief. I KNEW 343 would fuck this up, and he's qualified my prediction beyond all doubt with one phrase.

Forget well-written stories and character arcs, YOU'RE the hero, little Timmy.

I have to agree with you here. This seems to be the attitude of most game devs who utilise a silent/ambiguous protagonist and it always comes off as being a tiny bit patronising, not to mention ignorant of their actual fan-base.

Just like you, I never run around in Halo pretending the character to be myself because I know that could never be possible. My life's bland as all fuck and I'd much rather learn about someone else, get to share their life for a bit. My game characters, even those I create in games like Skyrim, are invariably nothing like me. Relatable characters are one thing but blank slates that are nothing more than a site for the projection of my own self idealised fantasies? No thanks.

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