At E3 2015, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer promised that the upcoming lineup of exclusive games for Xbox One will be the strongest in the history of the Xbox brand. While the jury is still out on that claim, there’s no doubt that the Xbox One has a considerable lineup this year, especially thanks to the juggernaut that is Halo 5: Guardians.
Unarguably Xbox One’s biggest exclusive title this year, Halo 5: Guardians has potential to be the most epic Halo adventure to date. To those that still need convincing, 343 Industries has released the game’s jaw-dropping CG opening cinematic, which should get any fan’s blood pumping in anticipation for the game’s release later this year.
The Halo 5 opening is absolutely stunning, and does a good job of highlighting some of the new abilities that are being added to the game, such as the ground pound. It begins with some amusing chatter between some of the game’s central characters, and then segues into a furious showcase of fast-paced action against both Covenant forces and the Promethean enemies from Halo 4, before coming to an abrupt halt that leaves viewers wanting more.
While every Halo game before Halo 5 opened with players in control of the legendary Master Chief, judging by Halo 5‘s opening cinematic, it looks like players will first take control of Fireteam Osiris. Led by Spartan Locke, the central character of the Halo: Nightfall web series, Fireteam Osiris also features Edward Buck (of ODST fame), Holly Tanaka, and Olympia Vale. The mission of Fireteam Osiris is to hunt down Blue Team, and by extension, the Master Chief himself.
343 is really pushing hard for Spartan Locke and Fireteam Osiris, as evident by their dominance in Halo 5‘s opening cinematic, as well as by the fact that they were also the centerpiece of Halo 5‘s E3 2015 gameplay trailer. There are clearly big plans for these characters, and it will be very exciting to see their story play out along with the plight of the Master Chief led Blue Team, especially if the other cut-scenes in the game maintain the visual quality and adrenaline-fueled excitement of the opening one.
With a campaign said to be twice the size of Halo 4 and 343 claiming it will have Master Chief’s biggest story to date, there is a lot riding on Halo 5‘s success. Some fans do not have faith in 343 Industries, whether that is because they were disappointed with Halo 4 or they are annoyed at some of the decisions made about Halo 5 (most notably, the game’s lack of split-screen), but now’s the time for 343 to prove the doubters wrong. And if this epic opening cinematic for Halo 5 is any indication, it looks like they have a good chance of doing just that come October.
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Halo 5: Guardians will release worldwide on October 27th, exclusively for the Xbox One.