We are still more than six months away from the release of Halo 5: Guardians, but that hasn’t kept 343 Studios and Xbox from greasing up the hype train. This last week, the developer kicked off the Hunt the Truth campaign with a podcast and updates from a fictitious war journalist and photographer, Benjamin Giraud, who has been documenting the Master Chief's successes in battle.
However, thanks to the Hunt the Truth campaign, it seems everything we know about Master Chief may be a lie. Instead, as we’re learning from Giraud, there’s something very sinister about the Halo warrior and his history. That notion was made more clear tonight when two new trailers were released during the season finale of The Walking Dead.
The above trailer shows Lieutenant Commander Jameson Locke, a Spartan super soldier, sharing a few final thoughts before preparing to silence the Master Chief forever. In his monologue, Locke claims the Master Chief is responsible for the destruction around him, and that it’s his job to put down the Halo hero. Alternatively, the below trailer gives us Master Chief’s perspective, with the Chief speaking to Locke saying his mission is completed, but the Master Chief’s is only beginning.
So, which trailer shows the truth, and which is a fabrication meant to confuse us? Is Master Chief really a villain and the creator of so much destruction, or is that claim just propaganda, meant to turn people away from the hero Master Chief truly is? The answer is yet unknown, and it seems 343 Industries is leading Halo fans on a journey to discover the truth. We, along with the millions of other Halo enthusiasts, will continue to Hunt the Truth, leading to the launch of Halo 5: Guardians on October 27, 2015.
Those who have played the Halo games, and even enjoyed the associated books, comic books and shows, will have a hard time believing that Master Chief is indeed a bad guy. However, with Halo 5: Guardians being the ninth game in the franchise, we recognize the need for some controversy to keep the series alive and exciting.
In fact, if it turns out Master Chief is a villain, that opens the door for Microsoft and 343 Industries to introduce new characters into the mix to replace the Spartan warrior and take the series in a new direction. In fact, they could even use new characters to tell the same story from a different angle, exposing the Master Chief for who he really is.
However, we still find it hard to see the Master Chief as a bad guy considering he is the face of the entire Halo franchise. Moreover, it would be hard for many players to reconcile the fact that the man who has been a hero for so many for over a decade is actually a bad guy who needs to be put down like a rabid dog. I guess we’ll see as we continue to Hunt the Truth and prepare for the game’s arrival in the fall.
What do you think about the two new trailers for Halo 5: Guardians? Do you think Master Chief is truly a good guy, or has he been a villain this entire time? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Halo 5: Guardians is set to release for Xbox One on October 27, 2015.