It seems that Bungie weren’t the only people looking to take a different stance within the Halo Universe, 343 industries have admitted that they don’t want every game to focus on Master Chief.
Kiki Wolfkill noted in an interview with Polygon that “He’s always going to be a pretty critical component of Halo and the game experiences. I would hope that we could also build strength and investment in other characters, for no other reason than that’s part of what makes the universe interesting,”“Master Chief’s not going away, but we need to be able to give people more connection points.”
After Chief’s absence in ODST and Reach, it was imperative for him to make a return in Halo 4, the first chance to prove to the fans their capable of handling the franchise.
“How we look at it is ‘Where do we want to be in ten years? What are the stories we want to tell?’”“We have started to flesh out broad strokes of a few different arcs that are interesting. There could be opportunities where exploring a different game genre makes sense or exploring a different linear format makes sense. If the medium fits what we want to do, then we’ll definitely consider it. If there’s a great idea we get energized around [it].”
There you have it folks, another decade of Halo!