So online 4 player co-op is in. We know that now. But with that revelation comes even bigger news. No longer will players simply play through the game as carbon copies of Master Chief. Instead, two all new heroes have been created and woven into the story, accompanying the Arbiter and the Chief on their latest epic.
But who are these two new Elite characters?
Well, here’s some handy background info on players three and four, who from now on shall forever be known as:
PLAYER 3 (Sangheili)
Name: N’tho ‘Sraom
Affiliation: Fleet of Retribution/Special Warfare Group/Special Operations
History: N’tho ‘Sraom is the youngest member of his Special Operations unit and is one of a growing number of human sympathizers amongst the Sangheili youth. He is a fairly typical young male adult Sangheili—he began compulsory military service at the end of adolescence, and remains unmarried with no close, non-familial relationships outside of his martial order. N’tho Sraom refused to stand idly by while the Prophets replaced Sangheili units with Jiralhanae packs, and now bears deep resentment toward those Sangheili politicians who landed his kind in their current predicament.
Although N’tho ‘Sraom’s romanticized nationalism is emblematic of all Sangheili, he has developed a healthy respect for humanity—not for their physical abilities or martial prowess, but for their audacity and resolve.
PLAYER 4 (Sangheili)
Name: Usze ‘Taham
Affiliation: Fleet of Retribution/Special Warfare Group/Fleet Security
History: Although Usze ‘Taham was born into a respected merchant family he was fathered by Toha ‘Sumai—one of the preeminent swordfighters of this age. Usze graduated with honors from the top War College in the Iruiru region of Yermo, Sanghelios (a distinction he shares with Rtas ‘Vadum). Shortly after receiving his first post within the Covenant Navy he was offered a place on the Prophets’ Honor Guard but he declined citing “lack of practical experience”. In truth, he had no desire to be part of a largely ceremonial unit, and at the end of his third combat tour, Usze ‘Taham again refused the post—even though his superiors warned him such behavior could be misinterpreted as apostasy.
Since that time Usze has evaded countless punitive actions, at least two assassination attempts, and served with distinction for two additional tours before the Schism. Following the dissolution of the Covenant, he was approached by the Ascetics to become one of their liaisons within the Navy.
Apparently each of the characters will have the same abilities – with only starting weapons differing (Elites will start with Carbines versus Battle Rifles for example, depending on the mission being played). But this is a BIG deal. What exactly does this mean for the single players out there, and how will the game experience differ? Like Gears of War before it, it would now seem that online co-op is going to be the only way to get the most out of the story campaign.
I wonder how exactly the additional characters will be handled when only one person is sat, controller in hand?
Get the full story over at Bungie.net.
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