Halo Infinite brute Craig became one of the most infamous Xbox memes of 2020 following his appearance in a gameplay demo earlier this year, but now 343 Industries has confirmed he'll look very different in the final game.
In a post on the Halo Waypoint blog, art director Nicolas “Sparth” Bouvier explained that Craig was "never intended to be seen in that condition", and that he - along with various other characters - will be undergoing a "significant makeover".
"Firstly, I can confirm that the facial animation on NPCs was not fully implemented in that build, which resulted in Craig’s incredibly deadpan/lifeless look. All characters are modelled in a neutral pose, prior to blendshapes & animation being applied. So, poor old Craig was never intended to be seen in that condition which is not something that was evident during the gameplay. It was only later, in the close-up freeze frame of his one bad moment, where it came to light and the legend of Craig was born.
There’s been further work done on the material fidelity and more variety added for Brute faces, we’re also working to add some hairdos and beards which was something we hadn’t gotten to in July. So, whilst we have come to love our dear old Craig, he’s certainly undergoing a significant makeover."
While Craig was originally used as a tool of highlighting Halo Infinite's supposedly poor graphics back in July, the brute quickly took to many fans' hearts, and even Xbox boss Phil Spencer has shown his admiration for him.
It sounds like Craig is going to be pretty much unrecognisable in Halo Infinite by the time the full game releases, but even if we never get to see him in his original form ever again, we'll always have the memes...
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