Ok, so what I had heard was correct. But...I have serious issues with it:
This should answer your questions.Sincerely,
Didn't the first game (never played it since I really don't enjoy nor am good at RTS games) take place earlier in the series? And HW2 is now going to be after H5? So then, the characters are still alive? But how? Would they even have food on board to last many many years? And didn't the Flood do something? Even if I'll never play this, I'm hoping that 343i stops overdoing the use of the Ark(s). Big whoop, many characters are visiting one or the other like it's no big deal, now...
So the Spirit of Fire drifted to the Ark. Coincidence?
"Despite the measures imposed by the Chief Medical Officer O'Neil, at least one Flood infection form managed to infiltrate the ship at some point. At the same time, the Spirit of Fire had reached an unknown multiple star system and was drifting near a terrestrial planet."
- An infection form got on board? Well, that sucks. Based on everything we've seen in the Halo series, even one form can wreak havoc and destruction. So how are the rest of the crew still alive? They must have plot armor.
"In 2559, after 28 years of bring adrift, the Spirit of Fire came into orbit above Installation 00. There the crew encountered a violent mercenary group called the Banished."
- This is just ridiculous. I doubt that the SoF exited the bloody Milky Way galaxy in 28 years. Because that, my friends, is where Installation 00, aka the Ark, is located. I can't even suspend my disbelief about this. Can't 343i stop bringing the Ark(s) in at every possibility? Even super-special Olympia Vale got to go to one of the Arks and save the galaxy. Whoop-dee-doo. (Also, how did the Brutes get there?)
Forgive me if I am being frustrated and cynical. It's this kind of stuff that's making me get tired of the path 343i is taking the franchise.
Currently, there is only one Ark that we know still exists. There was a bigger, older one, but it was seemingly destroyed near the end of the Forerunner-Flood war.
How, exactly, is 343 shoehorning the Ark into the story? Including Halo Wars 2, they've only visited it in the modern Era twice.
Re-visiting plotlines and locations isn't a bad thing, and I'm sure the SoF didn't just 'drift' to the Ark. Wait until we actually get details about something before saying it's ridiculous.
It's also no less contrived than what we saw in the Bungie
game Halo 2 about the discovery of Installation 05. It literally just... appeared in the narrative. Supplementary materialso only cleared up why Regret'so flagship wound up there.
Look, I'm all for calling out developers when they do stuff we don't like, but this seems like a needless slam at 343 for not really doing anything different that Bungie. It's fine to like one better, but don't make double standards.