The Prequel to the Prequel of Marathon?

by Steve Bowler on April 26, 2008 · 7 comments

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...and John 117 begat the Chief who begat the nameless one...

So rumors are being thrown about that there’s going to be some sort of prequel to Halo, now that Bungie’s split from Microsoft.

It doesn’t seem entirely out of the realm of possibility, if you consider that Halo is probably the prequel to Marathon (Bungie’s previous sci-fi trilogy). This old article did a decent enough job of pointing out just how close the Halo and Marathon universes actually are to each other, and while its author felt it was some sort of sequel, it seems obvious that Halo is more probably the prequel to the Marathon trilogy. Despite all of the other similarities, the end of Halo3 pretty much sets up this “super soldier” who is awakened from a cryostasis every time the ship’s AI needs a hero to step up and battle alien evil, which is exactly how Marathon starts (if I’m not mistaken).

So while Xbox360Fanboy seems to think that this alleged prequel Bungie’s supposedly working on won’t have a Master Chief in it, I have to disagree. I think we’re going to see them describe how a man named John 117 works his way through the ranks, and becomes the faceless hero millions of people have projected their own personas upon.

At least, I sure as hell hope they do.