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Halo MCC Season 8 to feature new armor sets based on Norse and Greek mythology

Halo MCC season 8 will feature what 343 industries dubs “Mythic” and says “helps set the stage for more fun experimental themes to come in the future in this and other venues.”

Season 8 features some unique armor sets, new themed nameplates and sandbox skins for use in MCC Halo 3 multiplayer. Each armor focuses on “reimagining the core Mjolnir armor as alternate universe amalgams based on legendary ancient warriors.”

“We already have a huge number of cool, space-marine style armor pieces to mix and match into endless combinations” said Horia Dociu, Art Director for the Halo Publishing Team at 343i. “So, my intention was finding a whole different axis for people to customize their armor on. Introducing new armor motifs, in this case based on mythology”

Further fleshing out of the original “Asgard” concepts as we worked with partners like Liquid Development to move from concept to 3D.  – image via 343i

“Mjolnir and a few other mythological Norse names in our canon inspired an Asgard warrior concept, which came along with the horned helmets and all the other Viking associations history and pop culture have highlighted,” Horia continued. “While monikers like Wraith, Banshee, and Ghost felt like a stoic, dark-gothic lens through which to approach a classical knight armor take on our Spartans. Halo is all about the mythical warriors of the future, so what better way to reinforce the fantasy than to imbue the armors with the legendary visuals that have echoed for centuries in our own history of legendary warriors?”

Taking key words like “Wraith” and “Ghost” to serve as further inspiration for a more medieval theme – image via 343i

“As long as we stayed within the classic game’s armor template, we were able to tap some great historical and fantasy references to give the armors a lot of built-in attitude, Horia explained. “I wanted to bring in some new materials too, like silver, leather, and even fur, to push the variety, yet the main material and dye channels remain intact as the armors are predominantly painted metal, shield lights and all.

“I’ve personally been intrigued by the idea of lineage. The strength you pull from a feeling that your forebearers and ancestors pulled through and passed along that inner flame. It’s quite poetic and beautiful, Horia explained. “I think that’s why we love family crests, old flags, and insignias—it gives people a feeling of purpose greater than themselves. Thinking about futuristic soldiers who wear artifacts that were passed down from ancient times by warriors who fought with spears and stones, that’s just always been interesting to me- it’s a beautiful contrast and yet one that makes perfect sense. Who will wield King Arthur’s sword 1,000 years from now? It gives me goosebumps thinking about that.”

Below is a gallery of the new armor that 343i shared in their post. Enjoy!

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Belos Heran

Straight and true, the Chosen are honed and sharpened into a weapon thrust straight into the heart of Lacedaemon’s enemies.

Belos Syntrofos

Chosen generals of Lacedaemon’s mortal armies bear distinctive crests.

Belos Kereta

Goring horns are worn by Chosen who abandon reason and the assistance of others.

Belos Stheno

Chosen who succumb to bitterness are blessed and cursed to never walk a path of peace.

Belos Cerberus

The Chosen who guard the chthonic slipgates and initiated into their mysteries have no mortal ties, no binding vows, and no doubts.

Belos Leontokardos

A rare few Chosen live long enough to become transfigured, their bodies recast into forms more suitable for eternal war.

Blackguard Forsakendragon

There is no fall from grace, only an awakening to reality.

Blackguard Warfeast

Bitterness and pride alloyed into frozen iron.

Blackguard Tearfulbishop

The faith of the newly converted burns bright enough to consume any truth.

Blackguard Ashen Crown

It is better to rule in the shadows than serve in the light.

Blackgaurd Carrion Crow

Some are born to taste ill winds

Blackgaurd Sorrowful Visage

Fear can be honed to a sharpness keener than any blade.

Drengr Valdemar

War demands sacrifice of treasure and blood. The trick is to make sure that it’s not yours.

Drengr Skald

The Shapeless Horrors strike at the mind just as viciously as they do the body.

Drengr Dvalinn

The great beasts who browse among the limbs of the world tree inspire art and song.

Drengr Nari

Some tricks and jests are worth any price.

Drengr Thyra

It is the highest of honors for a lorespinner to spark hope in the darkest of nights.

Drengr Tyr

Loss and sorrow are fuel for the teller of tales.

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