‘Halo’ co-creator shows off chaotic weapons and never-before-seen concept artwork from the original game
Halo Co-creator Marcus Lehto took to Twitter to reveal a few features – including a harpoon gun – that never made it to the final version.
Since Friday July 9, Lehto has been posting behind-the-scenes footage of an older version of the original Halo on PC. Before posting the videos, Lehto teased the “I think nobody has seen” guns.
The videos delve into content that was in the works in 2000 and include demonstrations of weapons like the “microwave gun” and “the excavator”.
One of these weapons, the Microwave Gun, is tested on two hapless fictitious enemies who are quickly eliminated without leaving a trace. As the gun never made it into the end game, Lehto laments that “the microwave gun would have been hilarious.”
I found these Covenant weapon prototypes in my old Halo 2000 PC that you might like.
c concussion gun
c particle beam rifle
c microwave gun
– Marcus Lehto (@game_fabricator) July 8, 2021
The first build also included a harpoon gun, which leaves large projectiles sticking through the target. Like a Twitter user notes, the skewer – a weapon to come in Infinite halo – seems “more or less a giant oversized version of this idea”.
Viewers will also spot a giant Dune-like worm in the background of this video, which Lehto says “is one of the strangest things I’ve ever tried to put in the game.”
Lehto also shared an original concept art for Master Chief – seen below – and a video looking at a first design for the protagonist in the third person. Again, spotted fans that the design was later used down the line – this time to Halo 2ODST troops.
Here is also the original concept for reference. pic.twitter.com/6THxf2FuXO
– Marcus Lehto (@game_fabricator) July 10, 2021
Lehto also shared designs for a stealth tank, a variant of the Scorpion that was cut before the development of the Xbox Edition began.
There is also a shuttle bus type vehicle in the background of a video, which was simply called “Ground Transport C” at the time.
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