Halo 5‘s Intro Is Full of Spectacle and Fanservice
Microsoft has released a new trailer for Halo 5: Guardians this morning, showcasing what appears to be the upcoming Xbox One game’s opening cinematic. It’s an interesting trailer, managing to showcase everything the Halo franchise has become after nearly 15 years: bombastic, busy, and a little confusing.
It’s also missing one key component: Halo‘s hero, Spartan supersoldier Master Chief.
The three-minute video features the new deuteragonist, Spartan Locke, who’s going to be filling in for the Master Chief as the resident gun-with-a-camera-attached for parts of the game, which releases October 27. Alongside him are his squad of armored warriors, Fireteam Osiris, made up of a couple new faces alongside Sgt. Buck, a character played by fandom-favorite Nathan Fillion, reprising his role from 2009’s Halo 3: ODST.
Their mission is to save and/or kidnap a defecting human scientist (who, by the way, invented the Spartan supersoldier program of which series hero Master Chief is the star student) from an alien fanatic. It won’t make much sense to anyone who hasn’t followed the series lore with a fine-toothed comb. What will make sense, however, is the spectacle. Fireteam Osiris skydives onto a Covenant armada, throwing enemies around and generally acting less like first-person shooter protagonists and more like frantic space ninjas with guns.
Also: purple explosions.
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