Say goodbye to the Master Chief you know and love, because he won’t be the same in the upcoming Halo 4. Frank O’Connor, the Halo franchise director, stated in a new interview that Chief’s armor will get some serious changes in the new game.

“There’s some fairly radical modifications to his armor, Some of those are an artistic evolution, but some are connected to the story. We just can’t talk about it yet. He’s been in space for a long time.”

If that’s not enough, the lovely AI Cortana is also expected to evolve in the next installment:

“Seven years is the lifespan for a smart AI before it enters a state called rampancy,” O’Connor said. “Cortana was getting close to the end of her natural lifespan at the end of Halo 3 but she has been exposed to far more information than any other AI in existence. She’s going to develop some muscle from that process but it also contributes to her rampancy – that much information makes things worse.”

As the new Halo will be the first of the new trilogy developed by 343 industries, O’Connor promise that 4 will bring the same sense of discovery we can expect from the franchise, as well as some new surprises:

“The most important thing for me in the whole series is the sense of wonder and mystery. We’re definitely going back to that air of exploration, and putting in some surprises that I think people will like.”

Lets hope that the new design will fit our favorite space marine, when Halo 4 will lunch on Q4 2012.

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