With Master Chief’s life in peril and his allies out in the picture, is this the final chapter of his adventure? It seems Halo Wars 2 holds the answer to our questions.
Players and reviewers got to try the new gameplay modes of Microsoft’s Halo Wars 2 a few weeks ago, revealing a few things about the game. However, 343 Industries has more to divulge about the grand story that will unfold with the title.
The game series was originally conceived to be just a spinoff of the original Halo games. This will put players into the perspective of a commander defending Earth from an imminent threat. However, Halo Wars 2 will have a more compelling narrative.
Speaking to Game Spot, 343 Industries’ narrative design director Kevin Grace gives us a new view of the entire Halo story.
More than Meets the Eye
Grace explained that while he can make whatever story he likes, it has to have that Halo appeal. However, it seems the entire creative team has some huge ideas for the entire game.
The game is set 28 years after the first Halo Wars. The crew of the Spirit of Fire will have to piece a puzzle together not only to remember the past, but to prepare themselves for what’s coming.
This is akin to the player’s journey. But unlike them using characters with a set piece of objectives, the characters are just as dumbfounded as them.
Grace added that it’s not just about the separation of level design, narrative and cinematics. Everything has to go smoothly with each other, which takes a bit of time. But it was the fun part. They all had control over the aspects of characters — from dialogue on and off the screen, and to what they say mid-battle.
The levels themselves are unique and playable a ton of times. Every detail counts, and every action can turn the tide of the battle. Grace also revealed that at times they had to remove entire arcs just to make sure everything fits. They had to make sure the story is not just related to the Halo franchise, it must be moving ahead.
But with the remnants of the Covenant aboard, and a new kind of Brutes on the horizon, just what happened 28 years into Halo Wars? And is Halo Wars 2 heralding the end of the story?
Affecting the Timeline
It seems there’s more than meets the eye, and Halo Wars 2 will be revealing a much more interesting dynamic between core Halo characters and their own cast.
As to which of these characters are going to meet, we still have no idea. There are some characters from older Halo games that could show up and change the narrative. The Arbiter, Spartan Locke and even Master Chief himself can make a cameo in Halo Wars 2.
Then again, with the goal of the game to help make Halo a consistent universe, whatever happens in Halo Wars 2 will inevitably affect Halo 6. And with the way the game’s story is starting, nothing’s bound to get positive.
Halo Wars 2 will be available for the Xbox One and PC on February 21, 2017.