I’ll start with some background:
I was entering my teenage years when the 20-year anniversary release of the original Star Wars trilogy hit theaters. I knew nothing about the films prior to that, but they blew me away. Never before had I been so enthralled by anything. I immediately became a fan, and over time, a completely obsessed individual. I lived and breathed and ate up anything that was a part of the Star Wars franchise.
As I grew older, I didn’t deny that certain aspects of the Star Wars lore were of a far lesser quality than others, but I tried not to let it distract me from the parts that I loved. The Expanded Universe was where the largest portion of the “good stuff” was found, in my opinion, and I grew increasingly agitated as this content was slowly disregarded and retconned. After Disney acquired the Star Wars license, they finished what George Lucas had started and axed the entire Expanded Universe. The parts of the Star Wars franchise that had held my interest for years is now officially viewed as obsolete fan fiction. Yes, I know they are within their rights to do so. Yes, I know they wanted a clean slate. Yes, I saw Star Wars VII and was disappointed.
I had plenty of other interests/fandoms that I enjoyed over the years, but none that I immersed myself in like Star Wars. At least, not until I started to play Halo. I fell in love all over again.
I’m making it a point to play all of the games, read all of the literature, and find out everything there is to know about Halo. I feel like I did twenty years ago, but with a more grown-up story for a more grown-up me. However, I just can’t shake this unsettling feeling in the back of my head that I’ll watch the downfall of another captivating story after playing Halo 5.
I won’t repeat what’s already been said regarding the campaign – I’m sure most are well aware. I won’t comment on the writing, beyond the fact of searching for the name I kept hearing tossed around, and seeing half of the results are discussions about Halo fans’ dismay as a result. I won’t criticize the story we were given, because I’m trying to be optimistic and hope that the rest of the story to come will satisfy the loose ends. I understand that any franchise, especially one in which multiple sources contribute to it, will have its high and low points of storytelling, so I’m hoping this is the case with Halo 5. I honestly don’t hate it, but it’s been that “low point” thus far, in my opinion.
I know that I’m likely being neurotic, but I’m curious if anyone else (especially long-time Halo fans) is concerned that Halo may be steering in a direction of storytelling that may start disregarding what came before in order to make room for what will come, or are you confident that future installments of Halo lore will pan out more cohesively?