I think the community is getting a little overzealous when playing up the connection between the books and games. A lot of people are saying Glasslands and Halo 4 will connect. While I don’t doubt that, I mean the UNSC Infinity was on the Halo 4 concept art wall for a reason, what that reason is though, I don’t know. None of us do.
However, I don’t think the connections are going to be as monumental or expansive as some of you guys think they are. Frankie said that you don’t have to read the books to understand the story between the games.
“We made a decision about two years ago, that every story we made from now is going to matter and have some connections and have some real resonance in the Universe,” he said in a recent interview. ”So if you’re watching one of the terminals in Halo Anniversary or you’re reading one of the books or one of the comics in the next few years, they’re all going to have a meaning. That doesn’t mean you have to buy a novel to understand the game – in fact we want to make absolutely sure that all of the stories are self contained; that they are fun to understand with or without the deeper resonances and connections – but if you invest in the Universe, you will get a pretty good return on that investment.”
-Frank O’Conner to EGM
Having the UNSC Infinity and Spartan-IVs and such on a full scale in Halo 4 kinda screams in the face of that established notion don’t you think? I mean, yeah, those of us reading the books will know what they are, but what about the vast majority of fans who don’t read the books? Quite the curveball for them.
Honestly, I predict more Halo: CE-Ghosts of Onyx connections to be honest with the games influencing the books. When Chief activated Alpha Halo, things on Onyx started to change, Dr. Halsey correlated the two based on the time between the events.
Just throwing that out there.