• December 6, 2021

Halo 3’s New “Alternate Universe” Armor Skins Sparking Realism Debate

This week, the Halo 343 developer began testing Halo: The Master Chief Collection Season 8 content for Halo 3 and Reach, giving players their first opportunity to try out the new armor skins from the “universe. alternative, “and it’s fair to say they’ve sparked a lot of debate within the community.

Season 8 of MCC is called Mythic and depicts Halo “in a deliberately divergent way,” Jeff Easterling, franchise 343 and narrative writer at 343, said in a post on Halo landmark.

John Linneman, Rich Leadbetter, and Alex Battaglia spend the better part of 40 minutes sharing their thoughts on the Halo Infinite technical preview.

He’s not kidding. Each of the new armor sets for use in Halo 3 multiplayer within MCC focuses on “reinventing Mjolnir’s core armor as amalgams of alternate universes based on legendary ancient warriors,” including Greek and Norse mythology. . We play like Spartans, after all!

“We know it’s wild,” Easterling said. “We know it’s ‘out there’. And we think it’s pretty good.”

I’m getting a For Honor and Skyrim vibe from all of this. Here is a snippet of what is available:

BELOS STHENO – The chosen ones who succumb to bitterness are blessed and cursed never to walk a path of peace.
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BLACKGUARD FORSAKEN DRAGON – No fall from grace, just an awakening to reality.
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BLACKGUARD CARRION CROW – Some are born to savor bad winds.
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BLACKGUARD PAINFUL VIEW – Fear can be sharpened sharper than any blade.
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BLACKGUARD ASHEN CROWN: Better to rule in the shadows than to serve in the light.
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DRENGR VALDEMAR – War demands the sacrifice of treasures and blood. The trick is to make sure it’s not yours.

Unsurprisingly, some Halo fans reacted with surprise to these new armor skins and said they are not in keeping with the Halo universe or what a Spartan should look like. Halo has offered armor customization for years, but it’s largely the in-universe customization options that fit in with Halo’s time and space tradition. But these new armor sets, as 343 says, are “alternate universe.”

Whichever side of the realism debate you land on with this, the Halo community has had fun this week with plenty of memes. Here’s a snippet:

Imagine being a new Spartan, you’ve been through years of training, dozens of surgical procedures, you’re finally being deployed and this freakshow introduces herself as the squad medic. from r / halo

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New Leaked Armor !!! from r / halo

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Halo 3 for season 10 from r / halo

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Although the helmets are outrageous, I think the Covenant would be afraid of them. from r / halo

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The new armor is hideous and does not fit in with the halo tradition. What the hell? 343 I miss the era of the halo bungie like this from r / halo

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For Hono … I mean Halo 3 … it’s my favorite game from r / halo

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Halo 3’s lobbies will look like this in season 8 from r / halo

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I wasn’t sure about season 9 armor, but with the right combinations it can look amazing! from r / halo

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Nothing is worse than Halo 5’s multiplayer armor
from r / halo

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Indeed. from r / halo

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“As a huge fan of all types of media, I have always personally enjoyed when a beloved franchise can be viewed through a single lens, applying different themes, styles, eras and more to create unexpected new experiences,” Easterling continued.

“Moments that can sit next to a ‘core’ universe and give you a little detour while keeping all the details and existing fiction intact. Whether it’s a samurai version of Star Wars or a steampunk version of Batman, see familiar elements given a twist. Wild and Far can give you both something new and fun to enjoy while helping you appreciate the main reasons you love original in the first place. The upcoming season of MCC does just that, and also helps prepare the setting for more fun experimental themes in the future in this and other places. “

I think the last line is key and worth looking into further: “The next season of the MCC does just that, and it also helps set the stage for more fun experimental themes in the future in this and other places.”

For me, these new armor sets are setting the stage for Halo Infinite to offer more “wild” customization options. The multiplayer part of the upcoming shooter is free to download, remember, with a battle pass and all the rest you would expect from a live service. As Call of Duty has shown, even today’s so-called military shooters meant to deliver a gritty, grounded virtual joint like a solder goes off the rails when it comes to microtransactions. To hell with realism when there’s silly skin to sell!

And perhaps it shouldn’t surprise us. This approach to skins feels like the natural next step for Halo 3, which, 14 years after its release, took a page out of the Fortnite playbook and added sparkle.

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