343: Halo Anniversary Skulls Are “Even More Difficult” to Find Than Halo 3
343 Industries designer Chad Armstrong is the guy responsible for hiding Halo Anniversary‘s collectible skulls in the game. I talked with him last week at a preview event for Halo Anniversary. He seemed like a really nice guy, but not when he was talking how he hid these things, and the pleasure it gave him. He was apparently not content to hide them in places people would never, ever look, and was inspired to kick it up a notch. They’re “even more difficult” to find than Halo 3′s skulls, he said. He continued, morbidly:
I would actually say they’re even more difficult [than Halo 3]. I was thinking about the Halo 3 skulls, and there was one really hard to find Halo 3 skull. The “I Would Have Been Your Daddy” skull. It involved jumping through these holograms in a certain sequence. Every time you jumped through one you would hear a tone. When you made the Halo them, it would make the skull appear. That in and of itself was difficult, except for the fact that some modders cracked open the level, and saw exactly how to do it, and then posted a video saying “Here’s what you do.” I didn’t want to go with that route. Instead, we made them so some of them are just so damned hard to reach, that even if you know where they are it’s going to take you a few tries to get to them. They’re hidden in very obscure places. Well, varying levels of obscurity, depending on the power of the skull itself. Some of the skulls in Anniversary are a bit beneficial to the player. We put some of the skulls in a place where, sure, someone is going to find it and post a video of it, but having the video in front of you doesn’t mean it’s as easy as just going and grabbing it. It might take you 10 or 20 tries to actually reach where the skull is.
The Game Front video team guys are going to have their hands full when the game ships on November 15.
Note: This quote was taken from a video interview with 343 Industries designer Chad Armstrong. Stay tuned for the full interview, and be sure to read our full Halo Anniversary single-player preview in the meantime.