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Halo Infinite Dev Weighs In On The Show's Controversial Master Chief Moment

The highly-anticipated television adaption of "Halo" has finally premiered on Paramount Plus. Predictably, opinions on this new, non-canonĀ interpretation of the classic video game franchise have been divided. Even before its release, many longtime fans of "Halo" expressed concerns with certain choices that the series had already made, such as Cortana's unsettling new design and the show's tumultuous production cycle. However, since the release of the first episode ā€” titled "Contact" ā€” a new source of division has been created among viewers: the show's decision to show the face of the historically enigmatic Master Chief.

Though the show had already announced that it would be showing Master Chief's face in the series, the experience still seemed to be a jarring one for many fans of the franchise who have preferred John-117 remain faceless. As with any change in formula to already established franchises with their own lore and legends, this decision has been controversial and hotly contested. Now, one of the game's writers has thrown their hat into the ring and interjected their own opinion of the Chief's big reveal.

Halo dev says removing Master Chief's helmet in the show is necessary

While many fans might not be too happy about Master Chief revealing his face, some of the minds behind the "Halo" video game series haven't been nearly as critical. In fact, one of the games' developers has openly defended the show's decision to do it. On the official 343 Industries blog, community writer Alex Wakeford, wrote a recap for the first episode "Contact," in which he called Master Chief removing his helmet a "mission statement" for the series, which must differentiate itself from the video games it was spawned from. "Television, of course, is a totally different medium to video games," Wakeford wrote in his recap. "The participatory, interactive aspect that defines gaming is not there, which... brings its own challenges and opportunities for telling a great Halo story and a great drama."

Wakeford went on to explain that removing Master Cheif's helmet " is not a plot point or even explicitly a 'reveal' of what he looks like, but a means to tell his story." Whether or not certain fans eventually grow to appreciate or approve of Paramount Plus' decision to unmask their favorite action hero, it remains clear ā€” the decision stands and people will have to get used to it.