Could Master Chief Really Be Dead?

It is a worrying time for Halo fans, as a recent trailer appears to indicate that Master Chief is dead…

The new TV commercial, which can be seen below, shows a TV broadcasts that states: “We have just received confirmation from Meridian, that on October 27th, 2560, Spartan 117 — the man most commonly known as the Master Chief — died, in the line of duty.” It is almost unfathomable to consider a Halo world without Master Chief, and I’m sure the date of October 27th — the release date of Halo 5: Guardians — has relevance. If you had to ask me now, I’d still say no way does Master Chief die in this upcoming game — he is still too important to the series.

Staying with Xbox, and Team Dakota has announced that Xbox One game Project Spark will become fully free. The initally free-to-play game will be dropping all micro-transactions on their DLC. Microsoft will also stop producing any future DLC, and instead are encouraging users of the game to create more content. This is a very strange, but pleasant move. I don’t understand how the game will make money going forward, but there is almost no doubt that it will now definitely see its number of users go up. If anyone wasn’t familiar with Project Spark, it is effectively a digital canvas for you to build your own game from the ground up.

Now, job postings are not always an indication of what game studios are working on, but it is fun to speculate all the same — especially when it’s Rockstar! A number of listings have appeared for various Rockstar studios, but the most interesting is the one for a game designer at Rockstar Toronto. “[a]dvanced physical and digital prototyping skills to establish the pillars of the asymmetrical cooperative stealth experience.” Destructible environments, tuning weapons and physics are also mentioned in the listing. Most people, myself included, expected the next game from Rockstar to be Red Dead Redemption 2. This does not sound like a Red Dead game, infact when I hear stealth I think either Manhunt or, more likely, Agent — a game stealth game initially announced in 2007, and with trademarks re-registered in 2013. Whatever game Rockstar do, I’m sure it will be awesome!

Agent

It appears that the previous reports of Konami halting AAA titles may have been a bit premature, at least that is according to community manager Graham Day. In an interview with Game Daily, Day also believes that there is a Metal Gear future. When asked about the topic, he responded with the following:

“Yeah, course it can. Metal Gear is about the story, it’s about the characters and I think, yeah…look at things like Metal Gear Rising. That was an example of the title being taken in a new direction by separate teams with obviously hands-in from other parties, and that was in itself a very, very good game as well, and that was obviously led by a completely different team.”

I don’t want to rain on Day’s parade — after all it is his job to speak up his employer — but using Metal Gear Rising is not a good way to back up your argument. Ok yes it still did reasonably well critically, but did anyone really care about that game? Metal Gear by name may live on but, at its heart, Metal Gear will always be Hideo Kojima.

Closing the news, and some interesting news about Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. According to The Game Cabin, the download file of the game comes in at a paltry 4.6 GB. However, there will be a day 1 update, that comes in at 7.7 GB — 67% larger than the initial game itself! The update will be mandatory in order to play the game, so I don’t understand why this is even the case. Since the game’s announcement, there has been nothing but weird news about this game — remember when they changed the art style? Unfortunately — according to Eurogamer — the game is a “glitchy mess.”

Until tomorrow,

Matt