When Halo 3: ODST and then Halo Reach came out without starting Master Chief after Halo 3 (Halo Wars does not count) the fans were asking a few questions about him.
Now after an interview OXM UK, Spencer said the following:
"The key question for me in managing the studio and the creatives is 'what is Halo?,' making sure Halo lives up to what I think gamers fell in love with [playing Combat Evolved]... What does that mean? Playing Master Chief. We kind of lost our way a little bit, I’ll say. And that’s why I wanted to make sure that at the unveiling of Halo 4, you knew you were playing Master Chief, that John was back. Because Master Chief is the John Wayne character of that universe, and that’s who you want to play."
Now since the company is refocusing the Halo Series for the fans, do you think that Halo CE Anniversary Edition and Halo 4 will live up the hype as well as Master Chief starting again on both games? Is playing as Master Chief even necessary for the franchise to thrive?