[Originally posted August 3rd, 2007, then September 13th, 2007]
If you recall, in my impressions of the E3 2007 trailer, I noted there was a note of finality to it:
an evocative final shot of Master Chief – if it goes to black like The Sopranos… anyway, this trailer felt like this is it for our Master Chief. Sort of sad, really.
Well, Xbox 360 Fanboy is spectulating such a sad event, because there’s been some new promotional material that strongly hints at John-117′s death:
The 7th Columnist wrangled up a Halo 3 ad that is featured in the latest issue of EGM and is worded in such a way that it almost sounds as if they are remembering Master Chief. You know, like he was gone or had passed away. It’s quite the interesting ad indeed. Also, as part of the Halo 3 sponsored Projekt Revolution tour, a Halo 3 advertisement pamphlet was handed out and talks of musical celebration that is “honoring the life and legend Master Chief John-117″. Sounds very “Master Chief is dead, let’s remember his life” to us.
If true, will you cry at the fateful moment? Or at least sigh wistfully?
September 13th, 2007 UPDATE:
The current “BELIEVE” series of videos – so far “The Museum” and “Believe” both strongly hint at the way Master Chief may meet his end. Major Czernek talks about running out of ammo and Master Chief arming a grenade in a decisive moment, crying as he talks about the Chief giving them all hope. The next video depicts a defeated Master Chief being held by his scruff by a Brute in the midst of chaos – with Master Chief activating his grenade and looking up.
Is this depicting the Master Chief in the moment of his greatest triumph – and sacrifice? The videos seem to be strongly hinting that.
September 14th, 2007 UPDATE:
If you visit the new “Believe” site, you’re treated to a very nifty 3D representation of the diorama, where you can take screenshots for wallpaper photos anywhere you like. Now, normally this would be ultra-cool, except one of the notes you must make is that the diorama is called “The John-117 Monument”.
Add to that that the last “Believe” video will be released October 1st, a week after the release of the game, and is called “Gravesite”.
Dudes, Master Chief dies. In fact, at this point, I’ll be kinda pissed off if he doesn’t.