After viewing the E3 2019 trailer and after hearing comments from various 343 staff about the project, there are a few concerns I would like to address for any 343 staff who may be reading and for the community to discuss. First, even though 343 has said that the story will follow on from the continuity from Halo 5, what will that mean for our older characters besides Chief? The ones in question being the Arbiter and Blue Team. The reason I bring these characters up in particular is they are integral parts to Master Chief's "family" in the story as we know it. The Arbiter, for example, has become sort of a friend to the iconic super soldier starting with his epic redemption story in Halo 2. Bungie worked so hard in only introducing this new character at the time, but also in building that emotional connection between Thel and John out of Thel's own journey throughout the course of Halo 2 and 3. It was masterfully done, and even though we see the Arbiter in Halo 5, I felt the Arbiter and Chief bond was downplayed. It is imperative that the Arbiter continues his story with Chief as we have seen before. As for Blue Team, they have been with us in the expanded media since the very beginning. Even though they have only been seen in one game with Chief, they are still the closest thing Chief has to blood relatives in this universe. They have been training together so long that they almost seem to communicate telepathically at times. This bond is an epic timeless bond that was also downplayed and not properly done in Halo 5. 343 needs to realize that yes the story needs to focus on the Chief, but it also needs to focus on these important elements as well. Lastly, the art direction looks great so far, however, if 343 does bring back Blue Team and the Arbiter, they need to apply that classic Spartan II look to the rest of Blue team and of course bring back the classic elite design. The Halo 2 or Halo Wars 2 design of elites I feel would also fit, however, it would be a safer bet to just stick with the classic design of elites but updated for the times. Those two important points in the art direction cannot be stressed enough, and 343 needs to take it seriously into account for this next chapter.
I agree wholeheartly. Post Halo 4, basically none of the characters were handled like so. Some of them were tossed aside, killed off in a anticlimatic way, reintroduced but not developped at all. This needs to change ASAP. Even it is Chief story, the other characters needs to be in the game and have their own time.
I'm worried too about Chief himself to become a one liner again and not be developped.
As for the style, it would be weird if only Chief has a retro style, but the others have new suits. I always felt the Blue Team armors were blandest at best before their redesign in Halo 5, but since 343 is going back to the retro look of the past, then it wouldn't fit them with new style alongside Chief with the old one.