343 Industries spent hundreds of words explaining why Master Chief took off his helmet at the Halo show

The first episode of the Halo TV show apparently did very well, attracting More viewers than any other Paramount+ premiere. And while opinion about its quality has been divided, one thing no one seems to be a fan of is how quickly it showed the Master Chief’s face. The Mandalorian waited eight episodes, but Halo hit that 50-minute beat in the first episode.

Alex Wakeford, community writer for 343 Industries, wrote a Halo show premiere recap to the official Halo Waypoint blog that addresses the thinking behind this decision, and it does so with plenty of time.

“For fans of our expanded universe,” he says, “who have read The Fall of Reach and other Master Chief-centric media, taking off the helmet is something they’re really used to – our literature and comic book formats have allowed for that kind of In fact, even Halo 4 has pushed games closer to this territory in its exploration and deconstruction of his character, starting with a glimpse of John as a child and ending (if you finished the campaign on Legendary) with a nanosecond glimpse. in his eyes after so many years in the suit and the countless losses that have weighed on him.”

I like the suggestion that if you’re surprised to see Master Chief’s face, it’s because you’re not a true Halo fan who read all the books, sorry, “literature and comic book formats”, and also finished the Halo campaign. Halo 4 on Legendary. The post further highlights that while “games themselves have been predominantly a player projection space, where you step into the boots of mankind’s greatest hero while playing as him and see through his eyes”, at the same time, “the boss has never been a true silent protagonist – he is a fully realized character who brings a lot of sadness and pathos along with his will and unbreakable strength.”

Some would argue with “fully realized character”, but the point is that he has a personality under the motocross helmet. Spartans can be dehumanized by their augmentation, training, and uniforms, but the moment he removes his helmet is the moment he rejects it. That’s a spoiler, of course, but Master Chief takes off his helmet to convince someone he’s been ordered to kill that he’s disobeying that order and she can trust him,” he does the only thing he can: he makes himself vulnerable to show to her that he is truly, irrevocably human, even if he doesn’t quite understand what that means yet.”

The intention is to create “a new Halo story that will be told over the next eight episodes about identity and self-discovery; about systems and morality and who you are loyal to.” Maybe they’ll squeeze a little tighter video game easter eggs by the way. They could do Metroid next.

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