Halo Infinite Features The "Coolest" Looking Master Chief Design Yet, 343 Says

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Microsoft isn't ready yet to talk specifics about Halo Infinite, but now one of the developers has offered a tease about what to expect in terms of Master Chief's look.

Halo Infinite's narrative experience director Dan Chosich appeared on the latest 343 Social Stream for a deep-dive on how Infinite's E3 trailer came to be, and one segment of the broadcast was focused on Master Chief's new look.

At around 53 minutes in this video, Chosich and community manager Brian Jarrard discuss and show off Chief's new look. Chosich says the version of Master Chief 343 created for Halo Infinite is the "coolest" ever, spanning both Bungie and 343 titles.

"It is by far the coolest Master Chief we have ever done, or that anybody's ever really done," Chosich said.

The new Master Chief design took inspiration from his look in Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, and Halo 5, but he'll look "a little different" in Infinite, Chosich explained. From what we've seen so far, Master Chief's Halo Infinite design looks pretty similar to his previous appearance, but Chosich teased that his final character model has yet to be revealed.

Skip to 53 minutes in the Mixer video to see the segment on Master Chief's new look. The segment includes a number of close-ups and 360-degree shots of his new helmet.

The entire video is well worth a watch, as it goes into ridiculous depth on how 343 planned and executed on creating the Halo Infinite reveal trailer. Over the course of about an hour, Chosich brings up 114 slides about different parts of the trailer.

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There are other segments dedicated to how 343 designed the Space Rhino, along with some cool behind-the-scenes looks at work-in-progress versions of the trailer. Another slide goes over the "experiential escalation" of the Halo Infinite trailer. The trailer opened in a mysterious fashion, and it was only at the end that it was confirmed that it was for the new Halo game. This was all by design, and the chart above shows what 343 wanted you to think and feel and each stage of the trailer.

What you won't see, however, is any gameplay. The trailer itself was only for the Slipspace Engine, not the game itself. Jarrad said he understands people want to see gameplay, but it's not time yet.

Jarrard also spoke briefly about 343's plan to release Halo Infinite early in "flighting" tests, where people will get to try the game before it's done to give feedback to 343. The studio conducted public testing periods for Halo: The Master Chief Collection's latest updates, and Jarrard said you can expect something similar with Halo Infinite.

There is an intriguing rumour that claims Microsoft is planning to launch the game in two parts--first the single-player in 2019, with multiplayer coming in 2020. Microsoft hasn't made any official announcements regarding release plans, however.

Halo Infinite places more of an emphasis on Master Chief, which is good to hear after Halo 5 controversially strayed away from him. It's also apparently a very big game, as Halo franchise manager Frank O'Connor said the game will have "capacious" missions/levels.

No release date has been announced for Halo Infinite, but it's one of our most anticipated upcoming Xbox One games for sure.

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Please don’t make me wait until 2020 for new halo multiplayer. If I have to then I’d settle for titanfall 3 in 2019. Haven’t been any multiplayer games I’ve enjoyed for a few years now. Screw this battle royale rubbish.

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So a "Halo" thing is an artificial planet that can support life, and looks like one of those futuristic colony paintings that were so popular in the 70's and 80's? It's neat looking. Never was a huge fan of Halo so I don't know any of the lore.

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Been craving new Halo. Hope it releases along side Scarlett!

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yeah i have to agree with them on this one, it is genuinely my favorite looking one, its a mix of the halo 3 and 2 and a bit of halo 4

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Sweet!... I'm excited for a new Halo game!

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We couldn't just post a shot of the new helmet? Gonna make me scrub through 50 mins of video😒

Edit: am I missing something? That was just the 2 minute e3 trailer 🙄

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Hopefully they made his suit a bit more orange and yellow. Brighten up the color palette a bit and make the visor neon green, that would be cool.

And maybe they should let him grow out his hair into a long pony tail. It has been several years now. He's probably blonde. Also, show off some fancy reflections of his face on the inside of the visor. It is 2018 afterall.

Furthermore, wouldn't it be cool if there was a plot twist and he was actually a woman in that suit all along?

And while they're at it bringing the game into the future, maybe they should just change the name of the game to Metroid Prime 4. There ya go, the game's gone gold and shipped out the door. It's free money honestly.

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@neurogia: I was like you didn't read any of the halo books did you? But I like the direction you took it, nice😂

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It's impossible that their Master Chief design is the best one ever because MY Master Chief design is the best one ever. My mother told me so.

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Appreciate the coverage Eddie 😌

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Sweet. Good to see some Master Chief news. Get ready X1X owners, this games gona look guuuuuud.

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@pongman75: def will be a next gen title my brother.

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@pongman75: Honestly it could be a next gen title if it doesn't come out in 2019.

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This franchise has never appealed to me from the beginning. Maybe cuz I nvr owned an xbox. Played Combat Evolve on PC & it was still meh. However Masterchief's armor in the Halo 5 trailers & cutscenes did grab my attention. Even I cudn deny that there was something very appealing in its design & that it looked cool as hell. Now Im worried that they're trying to fix what aint broken & end up breaking it. This coming from a guy who's been indifferent to this series for the longest time...

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"Taking inspiration from Halo 2,,3,,4,,5, "

WHAT?? Any inspiration from Halo 4 +5 is a bad thing..

The O N L Y reason Halo 4 + 5 sold was because of the Halo legacy...

**I trust 343 about as much as I trust Bethesda atm.....

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@sippio: I like the Armor from 4 and 5.

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Personally I liked the new look they gave him in 4. It looked like how a super soldier armor should look, beefy and badass. While I do understand the appeal of the old style it's just a bit plain. A mix between the two would be a good compromise.

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I doubt it. The most recent super realistic suit could be argued as the coolest.

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Don't really see a reason to change it to begin with (Aside from adding more detail that wasn't possible in the past). I mean he has worn the same Mk. VI helmet since Halo 2.

It is no big deal really, I just think it is weird that they are trying to make him look "cooler" when nothing has changed. He will always look cool.

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@Smosh150: They make a lot of money off toys. Just like how Iron Man has a new suit literally every movie.

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@freeryu: I didn't really think the toys outside of lego stuff really sold. But that would make sense.

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Fans are gonna use this against them in the coming months.

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Coming from the company that tried to change the main character and put Master Chief on the backburner giving him only 4 missions in his own game?

Call me crazy but I have no faith in this Fanfiction 343 has been making since Halo 4

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@genji_shimada: That's the best move 343 has made. Master Chief has always been a boring character. They need to either turn him into Gordon Freeman, and make the entire game from the first person perspective of a mute space marine, or shuffle him off and replace him with a character who actually has some personality.

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@Mogan: Then don't play Halo. Don't ruin a game for the real fans because you want to change a game you never liked.

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@Mogan: I always thought that was the charm of Master Chief. Might be because of the books swaying me, but I rather enjoyed his personality.

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@Smosh150: I think MC’s lack of personality is why, as soon as Cortana wasn’t going to be with him for a game, they had to give him sidekicks to handle exposition and keep the entire Master Chief half of 5 from being lifeless.

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@Mogan: "I think MC’s lack of personality is why, as soon as Cortana wasn’t going to be with him for a game"

That is a good point. Cortana really was a large part of it. I played a slight bit of 5 so I didn't really get involved enough into it to see that.

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@Smosh150: If you saw any of the Locke levels, the MC levels were the same, just with different sidekicks and MC said less than everyone else.

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@genji_shimada: dude just don’t play it and ignore the series. They’re are plenty of fans who are excited and thankful of 343 for continuing the story.

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@nativepixel: I never said you couldn't play your fanfiction.

Just don't expect any real fans to be happy or excited.