A few weeks ago, 343 Industries released the opening cinematic to the very first mission in the Halo 5: Guardians campaign. This epic scene featured some insane action courtesy of Spartan Locke and Fireteam Osiris, as well as some humorous chatter between the characters, highlighting a major difference between them and the usually quiet Master Chief.
So far, 343 has been pushing hard for Fireteam Osiris, which is evident by the fact that the E3 2015 trailer focused on them entirely, and the game opens with players in control of Spartan Locke and his team, as opposed to Master Chief. Now, 343 has released the opening cinematic for the second mission of Halo 5: Guardians, and those that have been missing Master Chief in these pre-release videos will be satisfied.
This cinematic focuses on Master Chief and the Blue Team, a group of Spartans considered AWOL by the military. Their tone is much more solemn, with no joking between these characters, and they also keep their helmets on the entire time, which is in stark contrast to how Fireteam Osiris does things.
The cinematic is meant to open the second mission of the game, appropriately entitled “Blue Team,” and sees Master Chief and his fellow Spartans blast through zero gravity space toward an Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) research facility that has been taken over by rogue Covenant Elites. They make quick work of the Elites, and then the mission begins proper as the cinematic comes to close. Check out the opening cinematic for Halo 5‘s second mission right here:
It seems as though this cinematic leads into the leaked gameplay footage that the Internet got a hold of a couple of weeks ago. Previously, it was believed that the leaked campaign mission was taking place on a Covenant ship, but this cinematic reveals that it is instead taking place on an ONI ship overrun by Elites.
The more we see of Halo 5‘s campaign, the more exciting it becomes. 343 is promising a campaign that is twice the size of Halo 4‘s campaign, and that combined with the shifting story perspective between Master Chief and Spartan Locke means that Halo 5‘s campaign may just be the most fully realized Halo campaign yet.
Of course, this is if 343 is able to deliver on the hype, which some might doubt. The developer has drawn criticism for some of their decisions concerning the game, including the introduction of microtransactions, as well as dropping split-screen support for the first time in series history. That being said, the game looks incredible from a visuals standpoint, and it definitely seems like it will be an overall improvement from Halo 4.
What do you think of the new “Blue Team” opening cinematic from Halo 5: Guardians? Are you impressed with what you’ve seen of the Halo 5 campaign so far?
Halo 5: Guardians is set to release on October 27th, exclusively for the Xbox One.