In late November 2019, Valve released a themed Stickerpack for CS:GO dedicated to the release of the new Halo game series on Steam. Today, we are going to have a closer look at these stickers, their appearance history, and the Halo game itself.
Halo: Combat Evolved was the first game in the series, which was released in 2001 and became a real blockbuster among the Xbox users. However, it was its sequel that has truly changed the industry. In Halo 2 released in 2004 developers introduced a matchmaking system, which helped players to avoid searching for individual servers or creating a lobby, as it was in CS 1.6 or WarCraft III. Finding an opponent became a matter of a single click. Similar algorithms work now in CS: GO, the new Call of Duty, or any other modern network shooter.
Usually, the player plays for Master Chief, who had been trained within the framework of the SPARTAN-II project. This character is a cybernetically-enhanced supersoldier, who is packed not only with muscles but also with knowledge of tactics and strategy. The Chief sticker is an image of his helmet with a specific yellow visor. The Spartan sticker, respectively, is dedicated to his training program.
Mister Chief is the first known image of this character created back in 2004 by some of Bungie’s employees. Despite the low quality of the drawing, it quickly became a meme and received the status of an unofficial mascot of the series. The sticker shows Master Chief with a vicious expression on his face.
The Legendary sticker is very similar to the achievement badge that can be obtained for passing the game at the maximum difficulty level. Most of all, the sticker resembles the achievement badges from Halo 3 or Halo: Reach. On this sticker, you can see the skull of an elite fighter of the so-called Covenant, a union hostile to humanity. The skull is painted on top of two knives.
Killjoy, Extermination, Assassin, and Incineration are medals you could get in the game for certain actions. Killjoy was given for an interruption of a series of enemy’s kills. It looks like a crossed out smiley, but in CS:GO the sticker contains only a reference to the original image.
Extermination is difficult to obtain because this medal is awarded for the kill of four opponents with an interval of up to four seconds between frags. The medal itself is an image of a red skull, which you can find in this sticker placed inside of the letter “O”.
The Assassin medal was awarded to the player who held a special finishing move on the opponent. It was necessary to kill the enemy with a melee strike from behind. The image of the knife from this medal is present in the CS:GO sticker and is placed inside of the word “ASSASSIN” as a substitute for the letter “I”.
Incineration was given for killing the enemy in the fire. The main difficulty in obtaining this medal was that you needed to kill a burning enemy, who had been set on fire by another player. This medal was issued only in Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST. It shows a skull on fire against a sixteen-pointed star. In the CS: GO sticker, only the skull remained and the star was excluded from the design.
Another sticker is Noble. It uses the logo of a special military unit of the human army from Halo: Reach. This squad consisted of graduates of the SPARTAN-III program and one representative of SPARTAN-II. During the game, the squad was almost completely destroyed, but this did not prevent the sticker from appearing in CS:GO.
By creating this set of Halo stickers, Valve tried to stick to the original ideas. In the case of the Noble, Chief, and Legendary stickers, the design team simply copied and adapted the images from the games, but the stickers based on medals were noticeably redesigned and contain only references to their original images.