Ever since the original Halo, Cortana has been an important part of the Halo series, helping Master Chief by giving him advice or making a joke or two along the way. However, as the series has gotten bigger, fans started to notice that Cortana was wearing next to nothing at all, almost to the point of being naked, with fans wondering why that is. According to franchise development director Frank O’ Connor, not only is this design intentional, but it’s a part of who Cortana is a character.
“She’s not really nude…but that’s what it makes you think of,” O’ Connor said in an interview with GamesRadar. “So one of the reasons she [chooses to appear without clothes] is to attract and demand attention. And she does it to put people off so that they’re on their guard when talking to her and she has the upper hand in those conversations. “It’s kind of almost like the opposite of that nightmare you have where you go to school in the nude. You’re terrified and embarrassed and she’s kind of projecting that back out to her audience and winning intellectual points as a result.”
The latest game in the Halo series, Halo 5: Guardians, is available now exclusively for the Xbox One.