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Halo 4 Marks Master Chief's Return, New Trilogy

by Tim Turi on Jun 06, 2011 at 08:15 AM

Microsoft concluded its E3 2011 press conference today with a quick first look at Halo 4, which president of interactive entertainment business Don Mattrick says is the beginning of a new trilogy.

The video begins with a panicked Cortana yelling for John to wake up. After a minute of frantic pleading, a stasis chamber opens and Master Chief emerges. He is greeted by a ship in its death throes, flames and explosions bursting from every angle. Master Chief activates the thrusters in his boots, allowing him to navigate through the zero gravity environment. This section reminds me of Isaac Clarke’s flight segments through Dead Space 2. The video was dark and gorgeous, and seeing Master Chief back in action is a definite treat.

The video concludes with a zoomed-out shot of the flaming ship hurtling towards a shrinking opening in what appears to be an even larger construct. We’re left wondering whether the doomed vessel ever escapes the closing hatch.

Halo 4 marks the beginning of a new trilogy in the legendary FPS series. It appears Master Chief’s story is not yet over. Perhaps he’ll stay around for the next three games?