The lights go down and all is darkness. Then the familiar chorus of ages past begins to echo and rise, and on screen we see something we have not for a decade. We see the Master Chief in his old MJOLNIR Mark VI armour, dragging the jagged bomb and launching it and himself out into the vacuum of space.
Yes folks, this is the iconic scene from the beginning of Halo 2.
The video begins to get static and we slowly see the image of another figure watching this hologram of the Chief. He is a tall dark figure, armoured to the brim and the only light exuding from the blue of his helmet visor. He is watching the hologram intensely, as a voice narrates.
I know that voice, I thought to myself. Where have I heard that voice? And then it hit me. Could it be? Could he finally have returned? Yes folks, he has.
The voice tells the armoured figure, identified as Agent Locke, that to find Master Chief, he must do more than simply hunt him and follow in his footsteps, he must understand him, and understand his past. The hologram of the Chief with the bomb reaches its conclusion as the Chief sends the bomb flying into the Covenant ship. BOOM.
Locke walks forward and in his visor’s reflection, we see the speaker of the voice.
His final words…”I tell you this, not because I trust you Agent Locke, but because all our lives are at stake. Because the seeds of our future are sown in his past”.
And then I had a complete fangasm.
‘Halo 5: Guardians‘ sees the Master Chief turn away and leave the UNSC behind and set forth on his own quest of self discovery after the tragic loss of his A.I. counterpart Cortana, however he is being hunted by a new character known as Agent Locke, someone with affiliations with ONI, the dark and mysterious organisation that has been behind the scenes from the beginning of the Halo series.
AND THE ARBITER IS BACK IN HALO!!!!!
Sorry, I’ll sit back down.
This was not all 343 Industries had to show us though, oh no.
They then officially announced ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘ , collecting ‘Halo: Combat Evolved’, ‘Halo 2’, ‘Halo 3′, and Halo 4’, all remastered for the Xbox One, containing every map ever made for each game, and possessing over 4000 gamerscore for Achievement hunters. For the first time ever, the entire main Halo saga will be available on one console. Amazing. Just like the Arbiter said, revisit the past to prepare for the future
AND THEN!!! They revealed ‘Halo: Nightfall‘, a new mini-series produced and developed by Ridley Scott himself (‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Gladiator’ etc.) and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (‘Battlestar Galactica’, ‘Heroes’). The mini-series will lead into ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ and introduce the backstory of a key character from that game (Agent Locke perhaps??)
This is essentially what they did with ‘Halo: Forward Unto Dawn’, and I LIKE this folks!! (You totally couldn’t tell, be honest)
To finish off, they showed a trailer for the ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ multiplayer beta, which will launch in December and be available to you when you purchase ‘The Master Chief Collection’.
Overall folks… WOW. I admit, I’m a huge Halo fan, I always have been, I liked the first game, and then ‘Halo 2’ made me a believer and I’ve been hooked ever since. The mythology and characters are just so rich.
So the Halo presence at E3 has been phenomenal in my own personal opinion, a new trailer for the next chapter in the series, a remastered collection for next gen, a mini-series by Ridley Scott, and the return of one of my favourite characters, the Arbiter.
All in all, I’m a happy Spartan. And now I REALLY need to get an Xbox One. Like really.
Just to throw it out there though folks… is it possible that this Agent Locke could be, dare I say it, the protagonist of the new game, and Chief could be… the villain?? Sound off with what you think in the comments.