Initially, game developer Team Ninja wanted, and asked very politely, for Master Chief in Dead Or Alive 4. Well, we (Bungie) balked at that. Master Chief is busy, fictionally speaking. We left him at the end of Halo 2, involved in a very large scale galactic conflict with world-ending repercussions. Fictionally speaking, he just wasn’t available for fisticuffs.
But we loved the idea of seeing a Spartan fight, unarmed. You have to figure they’d be pretty serious pugilistic contenders right? Half ton of bio-mechanically enhanced armor-clad uber-trained soldiering nightmare? Has to have at least a decent right hook.
So we created Spartan 458 â€“ Nicole. And she’s quite a lady. If you define “lady” as ferociously violent killing machine. Nicole was born in the year 2531 in the city of New Legaspi on Mars. At six years of age she was abducted by agents of the Office of Naval Intelligence and conscripted into the Spartan II program. The Spartan II program was the UNSC’s highly successful military project to augment and hone perfect soldiers.
SPARTAN-458’s unit was preparing for a classified mission on Nassau Station when the ONI stealth ship Apocalypso tumbled into real-space â€“ being carried along in the wake of a freak slipspace anomaly. The anomaly intersected Nassau Station; creating a semi-stable “bubble” in the space/time continuum on its way back to the 21st Century.
For the time being Nicole-458 is trapped in the 21st century; guarding Nassau Station’s secrets with all but lethal force (she realizes killing someone in the past could have dire consequences), waiting for the “bubble” to collapse and hopefully returning her to the year 2552.