If there is one trailer that Microsoftâ€™s most devoted fans will be discussing after the companyâ€™s E3 2013 press conference, it is without question the announcement of Halo 5.
Featuring a cloaked Master Chief navigating his way through a barren desert before coming face to face with a Promethean colossus, the teaser trailer confirms that Master Chief and the Halo brand are still leading the companyâ€™s charge.
There were likely many viewers â€“ including those in attendance at the press event â€“ who first thought the shrouded figure traversing an alien world was an early sign of what the alliance between EA and Star Wars would produce, but the trailerâ€™s closing moments prove that even Master Chief requires a disguise every now and then.
Considering the rise of a massive Promethean from beneath the sands, the disguise doesnâ€™t work. And clutching the data drive that once held his AI partner Cortana, itâ€™s clear that the relationship between the two isnâ€™t gone just yet.
Thereâ€™s little information provided in the trailer beyond the fact that it strongly reflects the teaser trailers for both Halo 3 and Halo 4; new setting, reveal, and the Chief preparing to do what he does best. Weâ€™d advise against assuming that Halo 5 â€“ dubbed simply Halo in the trailer itself â€“ will feature any enemies that size of skyscrapers, but we wouldnâ€™t rule it out either.
Following the trailer, Bonnie Ross took to the stage to remind gamers of the upcoming live-action Halo TV series, which together with a new game will help the series take the next step Microsoft and 343 Industries rely on. The company has always claimed that â€˜where Halo goes, so goes Microsoftâ€™ â€“ so saying that a successful and staggering Halo 5 will help Microsoft build momentum would be an understatement.
At this point the game is without an official title, advertised in the trailer as simply â€˜Halo,â€™ and later in Microsoftâ€™s official press release as â€˜Halo Xbox One.â€™ Neither of those seem likely for a finished product, so weâ€™d bet 343 and Microsoft have yet to decide on a subtitle. Read into that what you willâ€¦
What do you think of the announcement trailer? Do you hope that the new Promethean construct is only for dramatic impact, or are bigger, badder enemies something that youâ€™d like to see Xbox One make possible? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Weâ€™ll keep you updated as more information on Halo 5 arrives.
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