I know Frankie has stated that – in the Halo: Xbone trailer shown at E3 – Master Chief is wearing a cloak because he’s hiding (from whom or what and why, we don’t know), but I really have to wonder if that makes him any less conspicuous. I mean, if the audience’s reaction to the cloak’s hood being blown back – revealing the MC’s token Mark VI helmet – is any indication, the thing that makes John stick out the most is his armor. So…wouldn’t he be more inconspicuous if he wasn’t wearing a giant cloak over half a ton of armor and just wandered around in, say, a t-shirt and jeans? Which do you find more suspicious: an eight-foot tall humanoid wearing a heavy cloak that constantly hides his face, and that goes KA-TUNK KA-TUNK KA-TUNK wherever he walks? Or a tall, muscular, quiet guy in Levi’s?
Also, I’m assuming there’s some sort of tracking device on Master Chief’s suit – what with it being several million dollars worth of military hardware – so would a cloak really do all that much to help him avoid detection? He’s also living in a future where proximity detectors and motion trackers are fairly commonplace, so – again – how is the cloak helping him at all? Does it work like Neo’s trench coat in the Matrix where he’s concealed dozens of pistols and SMGs on his person, but doesn’t want anyone to know until he’s right on top of 'em? That’d actually be pretty cool if it were implemented into the gameplay, but – if Halo 4 is anything to go by – moments like that would probably be relegated to cutscenes or QTEs.
My point is this: it doesn’t really make sense for John to be wearing a cloak to hide his identity if he’s wearing half a ton of armor underneath it. Half a ton of armor that has become indicative of him, that makes a lot noise, and that cost the UNSC so much money to make there’s gotta be a tracking device on it somewhere.
I don’t think the Cloak had any canonical significance, it was mostly used to show suspense when everyone found out that it was the Master Chief when the trailer was shown at E3.
If anything, the Cloak would likely be for protecting the damaged armor from blowing sand. You’d be surprised how much sand can ruin stuff like a set MJOLNIR armor.
In all honesty, its a teaser trailer and I wouldn’t read too much into it. Im sure to an extent there is sime relevance but I think its too early to start speculation.
Remember the Halo 4 Teaser in 2011?
Forward Unto Dawn is randomly exploding all over. John wakes up, starts using the built in Zero-G thrusters and grabs a sticky detonator etc.
That wasn’t canon either.
The Halo Xbox One trailer isn’t canon at all, but merely showing off that there’s a new Halo game coming for the X1.
So what if it makes sense or doesn’t? As everyone above me so graciously pointed out, it’s a teaser.
Furthermore, it has two practical reasons for being there.
As Andycu5 pointed out, it was there to build suspense.
Because it looks cool.
All the justification for it you need right there.
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Soon we’ll find out who he’s hiding from or if he’s imitating someone (something) else. The cloak is not being used to cover his armor, which is already able to withstand a fall from orbit.
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Well thank you sir…
Should have provided a link to this to begin with, but it has been confirmed by Frankie that Master Chief is wearing the cloak to hide. From whom or what and why, we don’t know. Point is, I think it’s kind of silly. See OP for details.
Well, how would he even get the suit off in order to go undercover if he’s alone?
He needs special equipment for that.
Maybe the cloak isn’t such a bad idea…
And on the other hand, without the suit he’s screwed because he’ll be weaker, more exposed to the elements, with no way to get real time tactical updates, and no way to communicate long-distance. And if the plan is to bring an AI with him, he needs it.
> Remember the Halo 4 Teaser in 2011?
> Forward Unto Dawn is randomly exploding all over. John wakes up, starts using the built in Zero-G thrusters and grabs a sticky detonator etc.
> That wasn’t canon either.
> The Halo Xbox One trailer isn’t canon at all, but merely showing off that there’s a new Halo game coming for the X1.
Fact. Also, his cloak is protecting armor, which he’s obviously missing the chest/upper back piece(s), blowing sand can get in the internals are completely wreck circuits or whatever is inside MJONIR.