Halo 5 was just announced, and with it came a very cryptic trailer. We saw a hooded figure walking in a desert of sand or snow, alone. The figure was wearing robes, presumably to keep him warm or hidden. Something started to happen in front of him, rocks began to float and he looked down at a dog tag on the chain. This wasn’t a dog tag though, this was Cortana’s memory chip. The figure pulled back his hood to reveal it was none other than Master Chief. This is very odd, considering we last saw Chief getting his armor taken off aboard the Infinity.
What did we just see?
Well, looking at Chiefs armor, it looks like it has quite the crack in it, something that wasn’t there at the end of Halo 4. This means that for whatever reason, Chief had to get off the Infinity quick, and there was a firefight when he did it. We also see that he still has Cortanas data chip, which means he’s still holding on to her for whatever reason. We know from the end of Spartan Ops that Halsey is working with the Elite’s to take out the UNSC after what they did to her, but we also know she had a sweet spot for Chief, so that’s something we might see come in to play.
We also have the question of where exactly Chief is. We know Earth is safe, so that rules out that possibility, and Requim was destroyed at the end of Spartan Ops. Could this be maybe a new world completely, or possibly, a return to Reach? After being glasses, everyone moved away from Reach, and we saw it being recolonized at the end of Halo: Reach, so that too is a possibility.
The enemy we see rising up from the ground looks to be something of Forerunner origin, but there’s nothing stopping the Forerunners from being on other planets, or possibly even the remaining Halo rings? There’s a lot that could be. The enemy itself also looks to take the appearance of a bird, so whatever it is, it’s not a Forerunner we’ve seen before.
My guess is that whatever happened to Chief, it had to do with the scars Cortana left on his mind when she was corrupted. We know he still has her ingrained in there from the Halo 4 campaign, and if he’s carrying her around it’s a pretty big indicator that he’s still attached to her. He’s quite possibly trying to find a way to restore her, and this Forerunner could be just what he needs to do that.
Halo 5 is launching on the Xbox One next Holiday Season.
What do you think is happening? Give us your best synopsis in the comments, if you manage to get it completely 100% right, I’ll give you something for the Xbox One when it’s released.