I was thinking about the Flood, due to their appearances in the recent Escalations comic, and then, I thought of what their return would mean for Halo games. Not in terms of story or narrative, but in terms of mechanics. Mainly, Halo: Reach’s assassinations and Halo 4’s Promethean weapons.
I can see anti-Flood assassinations being particularly gruesome, as combat forms are notoriously tanky, and would probably require being torn in half before they dropped. The knife’s not going to cut it this time (Punpunpun), so we might get some serious displays of Spartan strength.
Then there’s the Promethean weapons. Obviously, as they are designed specifically to deal with the Flood by causing burning and disintegrating corpses to prevent their reuse, they will be devastatingly effective against Combat/Pure forms.
Speaking of Pure Forms, I’m betting we’ll be seeing some new ones. Why? Because of the Halo 4 Flood models. Bash them all you like, it’s hard to deny that the MP models look much more intelligent that the combat forms of old, possibly hinting that we might be facing a fully-developed extra-galactic Flood invasion, possibly signalled by the forms aboard the Spirit of Fire, with all the intelligence that goes with it. This leads me to believe we may see entirely new pure forms, possibly a ‘Soldier’ form that operates in teams, coordinating offense over a variety of ranges.
And with soldiers, come guns… I find it hard to believe that a sufficiently developed Flood infestation would not, given enough time, start producing their own armaments for their stronger soldiers. Imagine a Flood Gun! Organically made, throbbing and pulsing in your hands, firing devastating blasts with damage over time if it breaks your shields. I’m betting the reloads would be disgusting, though.
Anyway, what are your thoughts on these ideas? Please discuss!