Master Chief is in Halo:Reach!

Knowing Reach is a prequel, we expected it to directly lead into the first Halo game. And while the ending does engage in a fair amount of fan service, we were totally expecting an obvious nod to the Spartan Above All. When that didn't happen, we felt a tad bit cheated. After all, why WOULDN'T you put one of the most popular modern game characters in your franchise-closing sequel?

Well, it turns out Bungie DID include the Chief as a very clever Easter Egg near the closing moments, and the fine men at Rooster Teeth caught it on video. Minor spoilers if you don't want to see glimpses of the Reach ending!

Above: Master Chief just before the first Halo begins (again, possible spoilers!)

Above: A still from Rooster Teeth's video

If you know your Halo lore (and I barely do!), this would be Master Chief in his cryo-sleep tube, soon to be awoken by Jacob Keyes and tasked with protecting Cortana. Hm, maybe with this direct prequel out of the way, Microsoft could push out an HD update of the original Halo, taking modern advances in control and multiplayer into account. I'm telling you, the whole PS2/GC/XB era is an HD gold mine waiting to happen.

So anyway, Master Chief.

September 17, 2010


  • frozenwarroir7 - September 21, 2010 8:15 a.m.

    havent played the game yet becuase im here but im assuming it was much better than reach nice post and ill be sure to pick it up on RNR in december. thanks for the posting. from a solider in afghanistan... HOOAH!
  • sitka - September 18, 2010 5:20 a.m.

    Yes, SirManguydude, for those of us who actually read the lore behind the games we play, Campaign mode was a complete load of lore Bulls***. However, it was still a great campaign to play through, much better than ODST from last year. The multiplayer on this game really takes the cake, though.
  • SirManguydude - September 18, 2010 3:12 a.m.

    One problem though, Chief wasn't on planet for most of the fighting, when the covenant fighting occurred they shipped Chief into Orbit to insert into a covenant ship, and use it to assist in the battle above Reach. Not once did he even step on Reach, as he went from the Covenant Ship into a UNSC Ship to issue Cole Protocol, then into the Pillar of Autumn with Linda. Linda would technically be the 2nd Player Spartan, even though she was critically injured, and only Dr. Halsey could save her, after Master Chief returned to Reach after the events of the first Halo game. There were many spartans on Reach at that point, so it could be anyone. Hell there were a bunch of Spartan IIIs on Reach as well(ala Noble Team, except Jorge).
  • BonafideMyth - September 19, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    Way to help out your few remaining Spartans Chief."Hey John you wanna help us take out a few Covenant?" "Nah I just had some lunch, gonna nap. I'll see ya after the battle/"
  • xXxsilentassassinxXx - September 18, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    @ SirManguydude & sitka. bungie can ignore what was in the books if they want it is there game. and noble team was not spartan III; they were spartan II. Halsely did not know about the SIII until after reach fell (in the castle base) and then did not meet them until she kidnaped kelly and went to onyx only a few higher ups in ONI and i belive anderson is his name knew(well and the trainers). And most of the threes were dead by now; at this point the new recruits would have been training. when halo becomes active in halo:combat evolved thats when the sentinels on onyx becomes active.
  • Tygerclaws - September 18, 2010 5:18 a.m.

    @SirManguydude How could there have been SPARTAN-IIIs on Reach when Noble Team was only hinted at in the barest sense of the word? Not only that, but that only hint was to be Tom-B292's own private unit? Unless that is the course the game follows, then it's not necessarily correct...
  • Shrimpandwhitewine - September 18, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    Woah, too cool, definitely missed this in my first play-through. Good to see the MC making a cameo, a hearty thanks for the pass-along Brelston.
  • ODmangaz - September 18, 2010 12:27 a.m.

    Once i bought the game, i played through in a single day...Completely missed this...and the ending was Effing terrific.
  • The_King_of_Nothing - September 18, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    Of course they can't steer completely away from him. He's the only thing that game has going for it.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - September 17, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    +1 in my book for Bungie...
  • Crabhand - September 17, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    That's really cool, thanks for posting it.
  • SAUGAPRIME - September 17, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    I knew it, I asked some people online if they seen master chief in the campaign mode and some smart ass's online saying to me "why would he be in it, it's before master chief." Now those smart ass's just became hugh dumb ass's! Thanx for answering my question. I like to savor the story mode like fine wine.
  • cj12297 - September 17, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    the headline isnt a spoiler. the video is though.
  • Fuzunga - September 17, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    So I didn't read the text, but I'd just like to complain that the headline was "minor-isly spoiler-esque." Thanks guys.
  • Jadernader - September 17, 2010 10:20 p.m.

    wow thats pretty fucking cool gracias amigo
  • yoyoguy - September 17, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    i wasnt going to play it anyway but i really appreciate easter eggs like this
  • twishart - September 17, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    Master Chief being in a Halo game is hardly a spoiler. And if that's the end of the game, it looks kind of meh. Is the ending really any good?
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - September 17, 2010 10:05 p.m.

    It's an Easter Egg, not a spoiler. It's possible to completely miss it.
  • ChrisCultista - September 17, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    Dont need to play it now.
  • RampageUndeaD - September 17, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    pretty cool

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