In an interview with hip-hop site, Complex
, Cliffy B talks about hip-hop's influence on his career and Gears of War 3
, but also managed to let a nice nugget of info fly regarding his quest to get Master Chief into the game as an Easter Egg.
"I'll let you in on a secret. I actually approached Microsoft on getting Master Chief into the game, but those guys are kind of squeamish," Cliffy said when asked what the chances were of seeing either Commander Shepard or Master Chief in the game. "One of Halo’s successes is that it’s a soft M. Gears pushes it further. I’m creatively comfortable with that, though it can limit what you do. If you had to break it down, I'd say that Gears is like Mortal Kombat and Halo is like Street Fighter.
"But if we were to get Master Chief, we'd get his model, put him in a COG suit, make it blow up, and do some test animation work," he continued. "We'd have to see what his head looks like being blown to smithereens or how his arm would look getting sawed off. Then we'd package up the test footage, put it on YouTube, and let the fans get a kick out of it because everything is meta these days. That’s why Gears is packed with Easter eggs. That’s the kind of metagame we have to think about in a post-Red Dead Redemption world."
The rest of the interview is basically Cliffy being his usual self, which you either love or hate, but it's a decent read, regardless.
Gears of War 3 is due for a worldwide release exclusively on Xbox 360 this September 20.