Halo 4: We Won’t See Master Chief’s Face, But He May Die
343 Industries won’t be revealing Master Chief’s face in Halo 4, but the death of the iconic character is not out of the question.
Halo franchise development director Frank O’Connor told Eurogamer, “We’re not ready to show the Master Chief’s face.”
Master Chief’s face has never been depicted in an official Halo image or movie, but his appearance is well-described in the fiction. O’Connor explained:
“The funny thing about the Chief is he’s actually really well described. If you went down into that line and found a nerd with a deep canon Halo t-shirt and said describe the Master Chief to this police sketch artist, that police sketch artist would then produce a perfectly accurate rendering of an older man, almost painfully pale, almost albino white, with pale blue eyes, reddish hair, close cropped to a skin head, and maybe the last remnants of freckles he had when he was a kid.
“It’s funny we don’t then show his face. But that’s a device to keep the player invested in the character and keep the player from constantly being reminded that they’re not a hero or that they have to be a boy or they have to be a girl, or whatever that is.”
While revealing Master Chief’s face may be out of the question, O’Connor was asked if killing him was in the cards. He said:
“That’s a conversation I can’t get into. I’ll say that in Halo 4, things happen. Previously we’ve been scared to commit to difficult paths in our game, but good interesting stories have things that happen in them that are not comfortable and that are meaningful and that are permanent.
“I’m not trying to hint at something other than our general philosophy and the shift in the attitude we’re taking about storytelling. We can make the story matter more to people by doing things that matter. That’s not rocket science. Luckily we have a publisher and owner that allows us that freedom and they trust us to make the right decisions with the fiction and the universe.”
If I may be so bold as to summarize, yes, they are prepared to kill him off if the story calls for it, but they aren’t saying that it will happen in Halo 4.