If a new Metroid happens, here’s how I’d like to see it handled.
A. Make it M-Rated, I’ll explain why below
B. Introduce survival horror elements to it #makespacepiratesandmetroidsscaryagain
C. I’d love a deeper dive into worldbuilding, give us crazy cyberpunk planets, spooky abandoned ships, Lovecraftian abomination caves.. Show us what life is like inside Federation Territory and outside of it. Give us 23 billion new species. Show us why the Space Pirate Empire (?) has this huge vendetta against the Feds.
D. Gives us back our likeable side/background characters; More Rundases, more Admiral Danes
E. Give Samus humanity but do it the Halo 4 way. Make her world weary, crass, anything you want her to be (Just not a frail waif that needs Daddy Adam’s permission to breathe)
F. mORE CHOZO STUFF. REMEMBER HOW AWESOME THE FORERUNNERS IN HALO WERE, NINTENDO THESE ARE YOUR FOREUNNERS
G. STOP HOLDING US IN SUSPENSE AND JUST MAKE THE DAMN GAME ALREADY
They stand barely separated by the reach of their great arms, surrounded by the swirling mist, the sough of the light breeze, the rhythmic lap of wavlets.
“There is no hope, continuing with your strategy, not in our time, not in this galaxy,” the Ur-Didact says. “That is a cold, simple fact.”
“I hold another opinion.”
“Your privilege… Manipular.” The Ur-Didact’s expression is disdainful. “The Halos? Violating the Mantle all over again, with even greater destruction! Wiping out all intelligent life across this galaxy! By itself that proves you are a poor version. You’ve altered your strategic vision.”
“According to circumstance, as every commander must.”
“Don’t you feel the truth of it? We gave the Precursors reason to retreat into madness. A passion for vengeance. And the Gravemind gave it all right back to me. I am filled with that passion, that madness, that poison! If we fire Halo, we lose everything.”
The two Didacts stand opposite each other, barely moving, barely breathing, as if sizing each other up. Their armour is evenly matched. Their weapons are identical, their defences, identical.
I just had an image of 343I making a literature adaption of Halo 4 but changing the story to fit their stupid “mentally ill people are bad and genocidal imperialism is ok” retcon and I have never in my life felt such primal and acute fear.
For the record, I am a firm believer that Sangheili have tongues because
A) It’s in the concept art for Halo 4, the tongue was even modeled
B) It makes the most anatomical sense: They’d need tongues to keep their teeth moist and prevent them from cracking
C) The tongue is essential in forming the sounds central to their language and english, which they speak very well (S, L, D, Z, K, N, T)
D) They’d absolutely need tongues to eat. With the configuration of their jaws, food would just fall out of the bottom of their mouth without a tongue. Unless they stand on their heads to eat, which is a terrible idea.
E) Imagine the bleps and mlems and funny sleeping faces
“My finest opponent, the Mantle accepts all who live fiercely, who defend their young, who build and struggle and grow, and even those who dominate - as humans have dominated; cruelly, without wisdom. But for all of us, there is a time like this… …And for you, that time is now. Know this, relentless enemy, killer of our children. Lord of Admirals. Soon we will face the enemy you have faced, and we are afraid.”