The image of Master Chief punching Kirby is certainly enticing (Pic: Microsoft)
Martin O’Donnell, the former Halo composer, has said that he’d be happy to contribute music if Master Chief was in Super Smash Bros.
There are still three DLC characters yet to be announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, following last month’s inclusion of Final Fantasy 7’s Sephiroth.
One popular choice among fans is Master Chief, the star of the Halo series. And while there’s no signs of a confirmation, the former composer of the series seems to be down with the idea.
During an appearance on the Kiwi Talkz podcast, Martin O’Donnell, who created the music for the original Halo trilogy of games, as well as Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach, was asked if he would be open to composing a remix if Master Chief were to be in Smash Bros.
‘I’d love to be asked,’ says O’Donnell, ‘That’d be great. I haven’t been asked by Microsoft to do anything in the last decade or so, so I’d be surprised because Microsoft, of course, still owns the IP and they for some reason have not asked me to do anything… But if Nintendo asked me that’d be great, I’d love to do that.’
Despite his games never releasing on a Nintendo console (although a DS version was planned at one point) some fans will argue that there is enough of a precedent for Master Chief to become playable in Nintendo’s fighting game crossover.
Nintendo and Microsoft have cultivated a friendly, working relationship over the years, which is what led to both Banjo and Kazooie and Minecraft’s Steve being included as playable fighters.
And with Master Chief becoming a skin in all versions of Fortnite, including the PlayStation and Nintendo Switch versions, it does seem that Microsoft is open to the idea of letting him appear on rival platforms.
As for whether O’Donnell would be approached to contribute music to Smash Bros., that’s also not entirely outside the realm of possibility.
When Banjo and Kazooie were added to the game, the original composer of the Banjo-Kazooie games, Grant Kirkhope, was contacted and he provided a new remix of the first game’s Spiral Mountain theme.
In the meantime, Microsoft’s main focus is likely on releasing Halo Infinite, which was supposed to be a launch title for the Xbox Series X/S but had to be delayed and is now planned to release this autumn.
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