I’m a Halo fan. It’s the reason I bought an Xbox. Halo 4’s multiplayer was disappointing, but Halo 5’s beta showed 343 is at least willing to listen to fan feedback.
Last night, Microsoft and 343 dropped two live-action trailers for Halo 5: Guardians. First, the release date. Halo 5: Guardians will release worldwide on October 27. Microsoft has a lot of confidence to release it right beside Star Wars: Battlefront (assuming an October/November release date) and Call of Duty. And, they should. Halo is still a big name for Xbox. It will sell millions of copies no matter when it releases.
Now, the trailers. The first one is titled ‘All Hail.’ Spartan Locke approaches a fallen Master Chief and describes him as a betrayer. Locke continues to criticize Chief and says he must save ‘us’ from Chief.
The second trailer is titled ‘The Cost.’ It’s just like the first one except this time it’s Master Chief approaching a fallen Locke. “Is this what you wanted? Is this what you were looking for? Was everything you compromised, everything you’ve done – worth it? Was it?” says Master Chief.
“You’ve completed your mission Spartan Locke. Mine is just beginning.”
A Xbox blog post reads, “Which version is true? Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?”
Yeah, I’m siding with Master Chief on this one. He saved Earth a few times.
“We wanted Halo 5: Guardians to be the game that pays off the epic promise of the Halo universe in scope and scale and drama,” said Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries. “We want to amaze players with the sheer size of the worlds and battles they’ll experience, even as they question everything they thought they knew about its heroes, marvels and mysteries. #HunttheTruth is only the beginning and we can’t wait to debut the game to Xbox fans around the world at E3 this June.”
These two trailers are badass. June can’t come quick enough.
343 Industries is using an episodic narrative audio series to dive into Master Chief’s past. Benjamin Giraud (played by Keegan-Michael Key from ‘Key and Peele’) “slowly unearths startling new revelations about who the Master Chief really is.” New episodes release each week in the lead up to E3.
Halo 5: Guardians Story
An official summary reads:
Peace is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked. And when humanity’s greatest hero goes missing, Spartan Locke is tasked with hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy.
In the first teaser, we saw Master Chief holding what looks like Cortana’s data chip.
That’s about all the official information out there about the story. We will get our first major look at Halo 5: Guardians’ story at E3.
What did you think of the trailers above? Are you as pumped as me for Halo 5: Guardians?