This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:
BY GRIMBROTHER ONE
TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
Bewildered buzz bridged two Xbox franchises this week during the Halo World Championship Tour at X Games Aspen 2016when Killer Instinct’s latest character tease seemed to imply the impending inclusion of a particularly popular character from our own beloved universe. We can’t officially confirm who it is yet, but it’s highly likely that it starts with “A” and rhymes with “Marbiter.” Other than that, you’ll get no more hints from me!
Seriously though, trust me when I say that it’s something that I’m personally very eager to talk more about, and talk more we shall. Today is not that day, but soon. In the meantime, you might as well watch the tease over again and see what details you can pick out before we properly blow the lid off this project in the near future.
On the Halo Waypoint forums recently, a couple of community members were inquiring about character reference material for Cortana, specifically regarding the evolved way she manifests as in Halo 5: Guardians. I thought it sounded like a pretty good idea so I sent up the signal flares to some of the talented folks in the game and art department to see what we could pull together. The result is a pretty solid collection of renders from multiple angles that we hope fans will find useful as reference material from everything from cosplay to fan-art. As a bonus, I spammed 343 Industries’ Brian Reed and Tim Longo with infuriatingly annoying internet memes until they provided some cool contextual nuggets to pair with the aforementioned art assets.
HFFL: This is a fantastic suit of armor. I can’t wait to see the cosplays that come from this!!
BRIAN: And from a fiction standpoint, it’s not actually a stretch, particularly when you take into account the myriad of new abilities she gains thanks to her access to the Domain. In the first draft of the ending she was going to wear a flowing gown, have long hair, etc. She’d be very regal, very “powerful high queen.” Very obviously different than she was.
HFFL: Hmm, I’m VERY glad she didn’t get that makeover. Instead of going with the queen of old look, she looks much tougher in this rendering. Very much a powerful woman/leader.
TIM: When Chief first sees Cortana again he says “You’ve changed” and that was both as a reference to her appearance andto her behavior.
GRIM: Were there any specific inspirations, whether in-Halo or out of it, that inspired particular details?
BRIAN: We talked at first about how she might model herself to be more like a Spartan, since she’d go for the greatest symbols of strength that she knows.
TIM: And that led to discussions about maybe she would assume a Forerunner design. We really show that she was leaning on her past with John and her future as holder of the Forerunner’s Mantle. So we started by layering new ideas on top of her design from 4, trying to build on who she was while also showing who she had become.
BRIAN: The big moment for me was when one of the artists, and I think it was on the Axis side, worked the Forerunner’s Eld symbol into the design. The Eld is the visual representation of the Mantle, so having her wear it was a nice way of having her own it too, from a symbolic standpoint.
HFFL: If you didn’t catch that at first folks, look again. You will see the symbol between her neck/chest. Once you see it, it will be instantly recognizable to you (if you’ve played Halo for any length of time, before Halo 5).
GRIM: Speaking of Axis, how was the process working with them?
TIM: Axis is phenomenal. Great work.
BRIAN: I first got to know them during Halo 4 and Halo 4: Spartan Ops. They came back for this scene, as well as the opening and closing scenes.
TIM: The Cortana work for the cinematics was all preformed and captured at Profile/WB in Los Angeles. Profile then made adjustments to the face shapes with feedback from our character team and Axis. Final facial animation tweaks were then done by Axis animators with direction from Steve Dyck and Brien Goodrich here at 343.
GRIM: Any thoughts on being excited about how the community might be able to use such references; cosplay, fan art, etc.
HFFL: Ha! Didn’t I just mention this above?!
TIM: I’m excited to see what our fans can do with these references. We’ve met plenty of body-suit Cortanas in the last few years, and they’re always amazing with the blue makeup and the wigs.
BRIAN: I met one woman who dyed her hair blue just for the costume. That was either Halo Fest or San Diego, I forget.
TIM: Really? Like, instead of just a wig?
BRIAN: Dedication to the art, man. I love it. I hope this new design gives the cosplayers new elements to be excited about. I don’t know how they’re going to pull off the glowing hard light armor bits.
TIM: I hope someone just goes nuts and sets up like LEDs and fiber optics and they just go for it and do the full glowing armored thing.
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