343 Industries today explained how Terminals, in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, will hint as to the storyline of Halo 4.
Executive Producer Dan Ayoub explained that Terminals will be hidden throughout the game. When you find one, this will unlock a small video that once pieced together will reveal a large chunk of the Halo 4 story.
"So you guys may remember Terminals from Halo 3," he said. "They were very much like Easter Eggs in the game. You went through, found them and got some story info. It was usually just text on the screen. But it's not really that interesting to read text on a screen, so we're doing some very cool things with it.
"You'll hear Tim Dadabo, the actual voice actor for Guilty Spark from the original game. The Terminals are definitely setting the story for Halo 4 but we'll talk about that more in the future.
"We're giving Terminals a much more visual treatment, where we're telling each story in a graphical way. It's a lot cooler than reading text on a screen and also allows us to convey a lot more emotion in our storytelling. We've got Terminals hidden throughout the game and if you find them all you'll learn story about the Halo universe, the ring and also story elements of things you're going to see in Halo 4."
Halo: CE Anniversary will be released exclusively on the 360 this November.