Even though gaming is more accepted by the mainstream than it ever has been before, there are still many out there that typically wouldn’t give a video game a second glance. In order to appeal to these people, publishers spend a considerable amount of cash producing live action trailers that will grab their attention, like the recent live action Destiny: The Taken King trailer featuring an epic battle with Oryx. Now another major 2015 shooter has its own live action trailer, in the form of Halo 5: Guardians.
Debuting in the midst of a commercial-heavy broadcast of a game between the Denver Broncos and the Detroit Lions, this live action Halo 5: Guardians trailer is appropriately titled “A Hero Falls”, and teases the apparent death of the franchise’s iconic protagonist, the Master Chief.
The live-action trailer features a faux newscast announcing Master Chief’s death, which, according to the dialogue, occurs on October 27th, 2560. It shows how various citizens react to the tragic news before seemingly showing viewers Chief’s assumed final moments. As viewers can see, an explosion traps Master Chief beneath rubble, and fades out as the light on his helmet’s visor goes dark.
Watch the Halo 5: Guardians live action “A Hero Falls” trailer here:
While not quite as bombastic and over-the-top as the live action spot for Destiny: The Taken King, this Halo 5 trailer still should’ve captured the attention of NFL fans tonight. It trades action for a somber and depressing tone, teasing the death of one of the most recognizable characters in video game history. Dramatic as it may be, however, it seems unlikely that 343 would telegraph such a major plot twist a mere month before the game is set to drop.
Up until just recently, 343 has been suspiciously quiet about Master Chief’s role in Halo 5. In fact, the E3 2015 trailer focused almost entirely on Fireteam Osiris, the group led by Spartan Locke, as opposed to Master Chief. Furthermore, 343 has released a pair of mission opening cinematics these past few weeks, and as it turns out, the first level in the game is all about Spartan Locke and Fireteam Osiris. This will mark the first numbered Halo game in which the adventure does not begin with players in control of Master Chief.
The second cinematic that 343 has released is the opening cinematic to the second mission of the game. Entitled “Blue Team“, the second mission will see Master Chief and his partners attacking a human research facility that has been overrun by rogue Covenant Elites. So while Master Chief’s role in Halo 5 definitely won’t be understated, 343 has purposefully kept fans mostly in the dark about what Chief’s side of the adventure will entail come late October.
Are you impressed by the new live action trailer for Halo 5: Guardians? Do you think that 343 Industries will actually go through with killing off Master Chief?
Halo 5: Guardians is scheduled to release on October 27th, exclusively for the Xbox One.