Halo 4 is already on the way. Talk about gratitude. After turning Microsoft’s first console into little more than a Halo Television Adapter and solidifying the Xbox brand as a legitimate player in the video game world, the house that Master Chief built has done little to give the Spartan a break.

No self-respecting Corrupt Eater really counts Halo 3: ODST as a significant attempt at giving the man some time off. It’s just not reasonable to trust a game with that many initials in it. And even though Halo: Reach was a solid entry into the franchise sans-Chief, deep down we all know it just left us longing for the big MC.

Of course, let’s also not forget about those of us who need our semi-annual Cortana fix. There’s only so much fan art and cosplay we can ogle before we need the real deal version of that digital devil in a blue cyber suit. It seems our prayers have been answered, but when Master Chief saw that Halo 4 teaser trailer at E3, he was probably looking for the number for the local chapter of the Spartan Union. All I can say is to suck it up there, big guy. The life of a console mascot is tough work; just ask Mario.

Microsoft will put the Chief back to work in Halo 4, just in time for Holiday 2012 on the Xbox 360.

Halo 4 Game Rant Webcomic Issue 042

Comic by Zac Landry.