April 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM ET
Almost immediately after Tuesday's news that "Halo 4," one of the year's most anticipated games, is coming out Nov. 6, a related announcement was teased by late-night funny man Conan O'Brien.
On Tuesday night's show, he revealed his involvement with the project: O'Brien and his longtime second banana Andy Richter will be supplying voices for two in-game characters:
As the video above details, O'Brien and Richter will assume the role of two Marines that Master Chief, the series protagonist, encounters. Both will be "living out a real moment" said Frank O’Connor, the franchise director for "Halo."
Whether this will be a central part of the narrative, one filled with emotion and poignancy, or as an aside to the action, something just for laughs, remains to be seen.
It will also be interesting to see how O'Brien plays his role. It must be assumed that the voice-acting session that ends the clip above was just for his show, though perhaps some of it will end up in the final game, in some fashion?
There is also speculation as to how his character will appear. Going by O'Brien's interpretation, it's a Marine who is essentially a glorified "clerk in a loading dock," or one who is "a coward" and has "a gun, but I don't know how to use it." One who might also have red hair as well.
Matthew Hawkins is an NYC-based game journalist who has also written for EGM, GameSetWatch, Gamasutra, Giant Robot and numerous others. He also self-publishes his own game culture zine, is part of Attract Mode, and co-hosts The Fangamer Podcast. You can keep tabs on him via Twitter, or his personal home-base, FORT90.com.