Bungie Briefly Considered A Halo 4 With Master Chief

Bungie's writers considered extending the saga of Master Chief beyond Halo 3 - whose ending certainly left an opening for it - before settling on the prequel story of the Fall of Reach, the studio's community manager said.

It's hardly a shock; when last seen, Master Chief was entering cryonic sleep on a ship adrift in space. (The video is above. Don't play it if you don't want to know the details.) Perhaps it's more of a surprise the studio veered away from one of gaming's most well known characters, who needs no introduction and whose exploits already have a narrative context.

"Even before the idea to build a game based around Reach came about, a lot of other concepts were explored, up to and including a proper 'Halo 4,' where Master Chief was going to wake up from cryo-sleep and we were going to tell that story," Bungie's Brian Jarrard told MTV Multiplayer.

The idea never made it past pre-production, though.

Jarrard went on to explain that the idea never made it out of pre-production. "It just wasn't as interesting to the team to just pick up where that left off and all the baggage that came with it," he told MTV Multiplayer.

Jarrard says the prequel also is a better fit, both for the series creators as well as players: "We don't want to open up a whole bunch of doors that we're not going to close. By the end of this, it's all going to come to a nice, neat finish, and if people want to then go play the Halo trilogy, I think they'll have a better understanding of what's going on, but it's not required at all."

Bungie Considered 'Halo 4,' Starring Master Chief, Instead Of 'Reach' Prequel [MTV Multiplayer]


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    So... Master Chief will never return? That's kind of upsetting, actually :P

      No the games industry will wake him when the need him

        quite the Legendary 'tip of the cap' there Doug

    well, rest in cryo peace my good friend.

    i hope another game company will get the rights to, and make, halo 4.but it would be hard for another company to do the halo franchise justice.

      A first party Microsoft games studio called 343 Industries has the rights to, and is probably making, Halo 4. This is due to the fact that Bungie sold the Halo franchise to Microsoft in order to buy themselves into independence.

      You're aware that the halo series is still entirely owned by microsoft, and they already have a studio in place entirely devoted to the creation of halo games and management of the brand (343 industries), right?

      I played and finished halo 3 this week for the first time, and I have to say, it was a little lacklustre. The plot was messy and incoherent, the resolution was clichéd, and it just generally wasn't as good as the first two games. I think that this was entirely due to the fact that bungie had backed themselves into a hole narrative-wise, and I think moving back to before these events was the best possible choice of setting.

      Oh I don't think it will be that hard. The story was far from memorable and the overall gameplay is starting to become borderline dated, even with reach. I want a new developer to take a fresh spin on what was an interesting premise that fell flat at the end. Oh and a better more thunderous orchestral piece that more and more game franchises are excelling at.

      Indeed...

      The game doesn't even need to involve the Halos anymore. Or even any known alien species or humans. All that it would need is Master Chief, an increasingly rampant Cortana and whatever planet that is. It could be awesome.

      Maybe, for instance, the Chief has landed on a Forerunner planet, and needs to use Forerunner tech to get Cortana back to Earth where she can be fixed. Meanwhile, Cortana's module was stolen by some aliens on the planet, possibly Forerunner descendants, and he has to get her back before they destroy her.

      It could be called Spartan 117! :D

        Won't work, and besides that humans are the descendants of the forerunners

      343 industries has the license, and its RUNNED by microsoft, so no, if they make it, it will not do the game justice

      they cant just leave it at that there has to be another one with a covernate ressainced or flood forunner war happening on the planet cheif crashed onto n if another company does it they will stuff it up because halo is a bungie game n will always be remebered as a bungie game not a EA sports like wtf y wuld they do dat.

    The story will be finished one way or another, sooner or later.

    Speaking as a Halo fan, I'd love to see the Halo franchise sit on the back burner for a bit. The IP is owned by Microsoft by way of 343 Industries (wholly owned bungie spin-off studio) so it could still be continued through another 3rd party developer. I just don't want to see Microsoft inevitably run the series into the ground.

    i would like to see another spartan other than john not the ones from reach either i want totally new story in another part like how bout a story bout some spartan III and not just storys bout spartan II. but i would like to see more storys/adventures of master chief.

    Screw Halo, i want bungie to go back to the mac and pc and remake the marathon series.

    Good.

    So many great series are ruined by companies that just won't let them die gracefully. Judos to Bungie for recognising that the Halo universe is large enough for other stories without tarnishing the great trilogy they already have with further add ons.

    Halo 3 may have left the ending open, but it's best to end there. The hereos will always be remembered if they are never found and they are still alive so we can imagine the happy ending we want to give them.

    Heck seems that the end result of Halo 3 is an alliance between the Elites and the Humans. If there is a 4th game it would probaly be the Brutes taking control of the Covenant and attempting to wipe out the Elites and Humans. But without Bungie, I don't know.

    If they make Halo 4, they better as hell make the Covenant win. Words cannot express the disdain I will feel if the rings are not fired.

    Well one of the rings did fire but it was only to warm all the others up. I just dont want some mass effect like game to come about as the humans and elites look for the rest of the rings because while in therory it would work halo just isnt a talk to ai characters game.

    But my biggest question is how did the original ring get to the place in halo three without guilty spark to help it out?

    How bout a game set in the first war with the flood when the Halo's were created?
    Tell the story of Mendicant Bias as a strategy game perhaps?

    What if master chief lands on onyx and rescues his other Spartans which are Fred linda Kelly and Dr Halsey and cheif petty officer Mendez the person who trained the Spartans. If you have read the halo book " ghosts of onyx" you will know what I'm talking about. P.S. Bungie screwed up halo reach there were no Spartan III back wheb reach wasn't glassed. They started training Spartan III during the events of delta halo.

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