When 343 Industries took over Master Chief in 2009, there were a lot that they needed to do. Growing from scratch, this studio had to operate in the peak of blockbuster development and in turn, reintroduce the most successful, important and globally recognizable character on the Xbox console.
The game was officially the same but they had to reinvent it in a way that would appeal to all the hardcore Halo fans out there, waiting to see how the new installment actually was. Forget Master Chief, 343 Industries had to take control of everything possible in the massive Halo universe starting from tie0in novels to everything that was owned by the series creator Bungie.
The studio’s to-do-list had a huge assortment of items and they, in turn, gave rise to further more problems, programs and sub-tasks. 343 Industries was tasked with the huge problem of creating Master Chief again, making it fresh and also winning back all of the fans who were disgusted with the ending of Halo 3.
The simple zealotry that existed in the good old days of Halo had to make a return and stay there. From the beginning of Combat Evolved, it was clear that we, gamers are face-to-face with an enemy that is hell bent on the destruction of human civilization and we were all made aware of the various dangers to be faced by our beloved Master Chief. Ever since then, the narrative in Halo started drifting away in a different direction.
All of a sudden, Master Chief was no longer sure as to whom he should be attacking next. Xbox Live was expanding and game’s online and multiplayer experiences were evolving what about Master Chief himself as solo. Master Chief might not have endured an existential crisis but he was definitely unsure as to where he must fire next.
Ultimately, 343 Industries was smart enough to finally understand what really needed to be done. Bring back out Master Chief! Before playing Halo 5: Guardians, you need to understand how the series has evolved in the hands of 343 Industries.
Halo 4 reconnected us to Master Chief. Suddenly, we became aware of those awesome days, fighting aliens, counting every bullet in the digital console of your assault rifle. Master Chief was set against the Forerunner warrior-general, the Didact, with his face snarling and his hands ready to set off a doomsday device, we became sure of what Master Chief was up against.
In totality, the experience in Halo 4 was pure bliss. 343 Industries is now in charge of the trans-media phenomenon that is the awesome Halo Series.
In the meantime, Xbox One Shooter Halo 5: Guardians will have UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum making a cameo appearance. It has been reported that this mix-martial artist is a huge fan of this series. Of course, his appearance is a small one, but he will be presented in the form of an interesting little Easter egg that his fans need to hunt down.
There was a brief mention of Werdum to be featured as a cameo, in Gamescom and IB Times UK sought further clarification on this topic from Microsoft. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed his interest in the Halo series and declared that it is always fun to work out something like this. He further stressed on the fact that it will be an Easter egg so fans should really be on the search for it.
Keep in mind that the Halo franchise is not at all a stranger to fun cameos. Earlier, three lead actors from Firefly, a cult sci-fi TV series, appeared in Halo 3. Later, Nathan Fillion ended up having a full-role in Halo 3 ODST and he is going to return once again in Halo 5: Guardians.