If you noticed that the Master Chief seen in Halo 4‘s teaser trailer looked a little different than when you last saw him, there are reasons for that. And they go beyond simple aesthetics.
As new series developer 343 Industries explains, the hows and whys will be revealed through some story elements. When it’s time.
Teases studio boss Frank O’Connor: “There’s some story behind his new look. There are specific reasons why he looks the way he does and why some of his behaviours have changed.
“We’ll see in good time.”
For now, O’Connor only says that “a lot of things have changed in that intervening period,” referencing the time that’s passed since Chief finished the fight.
With Halo 4 not out until the end of next year, it’s best not to expect answers too soon. Though perhaps this years Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will shine light on a thing or two.