Halo 5 Guardians looks set to turn the series right on its head. We know the game has new elements like dash-dodging, clambering, and sprinting by default. We know that the shield won’t regenerate while dashing and a whole bunch of other information but we didn’t know the release date — until now.
Released only a few hours ago on the Official Xbox Twitter, was a video sporting the tagline “There are two sides to every story”, and the #HUNTtheTRUTH hashtag. The video—shot in live-action portrays Agent Locke from the Halo: Nightfall tv series. He is talking to someone who has betrayed humanity, in return for their own selfish reasons. he talks about how they once revered this person as a hero and their saviour. Locke retrieves his pistol and aims at the person, lying beneath a statue of Master Chief. He mentions his surprise at being the one to end it all before the camera pans to reveal he has been talking to Master Chief this whole time. The screen then cuts away to display Halo 5: Guardians with some calendar date below it. The date is October 27 of this year. It’s likely that this is the release date but is it too soon to tell? This #HUNTtheTRUTH campaign was being teased at cryptically prior to this possible release date for the game, but what is even more interesting is the second video that’s been released.
The second video trailer has flipped everything upside down. It displays the same tagline and hashtag as the previous trailer, but the story line is flipped—possibly a metaphor for the actual game image itself with Master Chief and agent Locke being two sides of the same coin. The trailer continues this fashion, showing Master Chief talking to Locke asking if everything he did was worth all the destruction. He asks him if in the end, was everything worth what he has created. The camera then pans down to Locke in the same position as Master Chief was previously. It’s unsure which one is the true sequence of events, or if even both of them are happening in different realities, but like the previous trailer, the date October 27 is displayed at the end of the game’s title. This would support the idea that October 27 will be the release date of Halo 5: Guardians, but we’re still not comfortable to call this confirmation. The game, however, looks set to blow away expectations of the follow on from the highly successful Halo 4. Guardians look to be a worthy successor.
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