Halo 3 Rife With Tensions, Consequences

The London Free Press (of Canada, not Great Britain) is running a piece on Halo 3's announcement at E3 this year. They got to talk to several Bungie staffers about the trailer and the game.

CJ Cowan's quote specifically references the question about whether or not this is the last Halo game:

This is the final game in the Master Chief's story, this is the end of our trilogy.

That still doesn't quite answer the question, though.

Marcus Lehto waxed poetic on what the trailer shows and what this presages for the experience of playing Halo 3:

I wanted to make sure that we reintroduced the Chief, show that Earth is thoroughly conquered with Covenant everywhere, and that there is a glorious, ancient artifact buried under the Earth's crust, which will provide H3 with the epic journey -- which we all want.

Those who missed the feeling of times of dark desperation introduced in Halo 2's announcement trailer, but largely missing from Halo 2, should not despair, says Cowan:

If you look closely, this has a little bit of a darker feel to it, a little bit moodier. There's some tension going on and there's some consequences for our characters that are involved in the storyline.

According to the article, only ten percent of Bungie's 75-person Halo team worked on the trailer, although the soundtrack required a 60-piece orchestra and a 24-person choir.

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I'd even scanned the article that morning... but completely forgot to mention it. From my *own* morning paper... *facepalm*

-- Steve's been a little distracted lately.

You know, once I realized where the paper was from I thought that was your backyard...


Rampant for over six years.

You know, I've been thinking about those lines, "If you look closely, this has a little bit of a darker feel to it, a little bit moodier. There's some tension going on and there's some consequences for our characters that are involved in the storyline" for the last few days.

I think that this is a reference to the whole Cortana-controller-by-Gravemind concept. The tension? Cortana isn't helping MC the way she used to. The consequences? Cortana ain't gonna make it out of this one. There's already precedent in the books that AIs 'die' - enough copying, enough damage, simply enough living, and they either go rampant or are simply shut off.

Some of us in #hbo had a similar discussion the other day-- about how the game will end.

Some of us think Cortana won't survive.

Some of us think the Chief won't survive.

Some of us think neither survives.


Rampant for over six years.

Well i do recall that in the book fall of reach they mention that ai's evnetually know so much that they over load and stop working, or die i guess. I believe it is like 5 - 10 years. find out what year halo 3 takes place in and hat year the flood takes place in, and that might help. That is if she isn't captured!