343 will keep the next Halo title firmly focused on Master Chief, the studio has clarified in an interview.
With M.C's role downgraded in the franchise since the climax of Halo 3 (Halo Wars, Halo 3 O.D.S.T and Halo Reach all concentrating on other characters in the universe), the new guardian of the Halo-verse is keen to let fans know the newest title will be solely John 117.
"You're just going to learn more about him, and that's the best way to explore anybody's character," director Frank O'Connor said in an interview with 1UP.
"We're going to make him a deeper and richer character than he's been, but just in the way that I'm sure Bungie would have naturally done anyway. We're not going to do that by having him talk a lot more or do anything out of character.
"The Chief has had a strange, difficult, and brutal life. And I think people want to know a little bit more about that."
O'Connor went on to hint how the Chief's constant companion, the A.I Cortana, would potentially impact both gameplay and storyline - given her exposure to Forerunner tech and her torture by Gravemind in Halo 3.
"The reality is that Cortana has been exposed to far more information and far more technology than any other A.I. in existence. So she's going to develop some weapons and some muscle from that process, but it also directly contributes to her rampancy."