Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Halo 3.5 Conspiracy Theory

As an almost complete departure from my normal content, I wanted to share a theory I had about Halo 3. This post contains some very mild spoilers, so if you're still not a good way through the campaign and trying to avoid EVERY spoiler, you may want to wait before reading it.

Spoiler Dead Space

Anyone who's played most or all of the campaign solo knows that you only play as Master Chief, and the Arbiter is around as an NPC some of the time (co-op is different, but I believe that that's placement of convenience rather than story cannon). In fact, the "dropping" of the Arbiter story line has been complained about in a number of reviews. This leads me to the theory:

There will be a Halo 3.5. Or Halo 3-2. Or Halo 3: Directors' Cut.

The storyline will basically be the Arbiter's cannon story during the activities of Halo 3, filling in all the gaps of absence in the Chief's escapade. And after all, why not? It would only be addition to the story, which would take a comparatively small development time. It might even be able to be sold as downloadable content off the marketplace. And it would make even more money off negligible changes to the Halo 3 engine. And then they can re-sell "Halo 3: Game of the Year Edition" with the Halo 3 and Halo 3.5 content. Yes, it's a very Bethesda-esque route (much like Oblivion has done), and it's one Bungie avoided in the past (given the theory that Halo 1.5 would be released with Xbox Live multiplayer). But it could happen, and that's just my theory.

1 comment:

Stephen said...

It would be cool if Halo 3 GotY edition gets released, and it will win some game of the year honors, especially from ones where the public has a vote. However, I don't think Bungie will do that, since they have had ample opportunity to do the same thing in the past. Maybe when it comes out for the PC in two and half years they will include the Arbiter's story. Though I think that Bungie will most likely make a prequel squad shooter, or move on to an new IP.

Oh, and it's "canon" not "cannon" for the context you use it in. A tank has a cannon; where as, the official Halo story is canon.