Trivia / Halo: Reach

  • Ascended Fanon: It's hard to say if this was Bungie's plan from the beginning, but Dr. Halsey's journal was the first indication that the fanon theory of Halsey being Miranda's mother was true, before it was later outright confirmed in subsequent Halo media.
  • Bonus Material: Gamers who pre-ordered or bought the Legendary or Limited Editions got a large amount of extra goodies, ranging from exclusive armor pieces, flaming helmets, avatar items, a real-life replica of Dr. Halsey's journal, to even a big ol' diorama of Noble Team.
  • Doing It for the Art: Even though Reach was never originally planned, it's clear from the many new features and remarkable polish that Bungie was by no means phoning it in.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda:
    • When the game was just coming out, the lack of a Legendary ending and apparent confirmation from Bungie in a commentary video that there WAS some sort of bonus ending led to massive amounts of speculation on how it could be unlockednote .
    • A whole mess of rumors surround the Data Pads littered throughout the levels, as well as hidden switches off the normal paths.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to Bungie, the original plan called for NOBLE Team to escape the glassing of New Alexandria by hijacking a Covenant Scarab, then letting the player pilot it out of the city.
    • And the huge-scale battle cutscene at the beginning of "Tip of the Spear"? That might have been partially playable, judging from some cut content videos.
    • Concept art and demo videos exist for a "Warthog of the Seas", aka a speedboat with a turret.
    • Remember Sára Sorvad, the orphaned lady from the first level? She was going to accompany NOBLE Team as a science advisor.
    • Other ambient wildlife was planned, such as alien porcupines and squirrels, but they had to be cut out several weeks before release due to issues with their AI.
    • The enormous Gùtas that appear on Nightfall were to appear on other levels. The Covenant would use some as mounts, and there was an assassination where the player could board one and toss a grenade in its mouth.
    • Speaking of boarding and grenade assassinations, it was originally going to be possible for the player to do the same to Hunters.
    • NOBLE Team was originally going to be comprised of seven members, but was later slimmed down to six. Two ideas for Noble-7 remain as Development Gags: Thom-A293 is the deceased Spartan who Noble Six is replacing at the start of the game, while Rosenda-A344 is mentioned in background materials as a possible substitute for Emile should NOBLE Team be deployed against Insurrectionists.
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