The first gameplay demo of Halo Infinite spawned one of 2020’s top memes: Craig, the deadpan Brute. The meme, which took on a life of its own and earned the approval of Xbox’s Phil Spencer, was tied in with the criticism that this gameplay demo attracted–Craig’s cold, uncaring eyes were emblematic of the less-than-stellar visuals on display in the video.
Now, 343 Industries has delved into the game in a new Halo Waypoint update, and there’s news on Craig. Neill Harrison, the director of art management at 343 Industries, has revealed that the Brute will look very different in the final game, and that the version we saw was far from a finished model.
“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,” Harrison says. “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.”
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