Please note there are major spoilers below.
343 Industries, the developers behind the next hit in the Halo franchise, seem to have antagonised their fans… by revealing the primary antagonist for Halo 4 accidently in their new trailer.
This is a result of the inclusion of the game’s script as part of the footage for the trailer. Naturally, the frame only lasts for a split-second, but with modern technology allowing us to pause videos at our leisure, it seems the inclusion of key narrative points has proven to be unwise.
We can confirm therefore, that Master Chief will be up against Didact, an individual who is held in high regard in the Forerunner society, due to his rank of supreme commander, which enables him to control the entire Forerunner military.
For those that need a recap, the Forerunners are known to have built the Halo Array’s, one of which you visit in the first entry, Halo: Combat Evolved. With the Covenant regarding Didact to be a supreme being, they attempt to wake him from a statis-like condition.
Didact may be familiar to those who exhausted gameplay in Halo 3, as a conversation between Didact and the Librarian can be found inside the Terminals upon access.
Dr. Halsey, a character from Halo: Reach, maintains a recurring role in Halo 4 by assisting Cortana, the A.I construct who assisted Master Chief throughout most of the franchise.
It appears that Master Chief, with Cortana in tow, will eventually face off against Didact, with the script offering extra context for this encounter:
Didact: “Compassion for mankind is misplaced.”
Chief: “I’m not doing this for mankind.” Chief then charges at Didact.
Cortana rushes towards Didact and jumps all over him (legs, arms, chest, back).
Several takes of “Cortana” tackling and climbing on random objects at full speed.
Didact is attacked by Cortana. He attempts to swat at Cortana as a means of self defence.
Didact unclenches his fist and drops Chief.
Check out the full length trailer below, which explores key development features, as well as seeing whether you can find the exact moment referenced above.