The first Trailer for Halo 5 Guardians begins with little fanfare: a wind blows across a desert, a figure walks across the sand dunes wrapped in a heavy clock. It could be any time, or any place.
Slowly though, we notice the unusual landscape and the ground begins to shake. Something is rising from the ground; a giant Owl shaped robot. The traveler's hood falls from his head and we see the familiar battered helmet of Halo's protagonist, Master Chief.
It was a suitably enigmatic trailer for a game about we still don't know all that much about. So let's go through all the information released so far and try to pin down exactly what we DO know about the upcoming Halo 5!
Halo's new character: Agent Locke
When the box art was released for [Halo](movie:559680) 5 Guardians, the thing that first struck most people was the prominence of a new character. He also seems to be in a desert, as Master Chief was in the trailer, but he is occupying the central role in the picture.
Could this be a new playable character? A new MAIN character? Or an antagonist, who acts as some kind of distorted mirror image of Master Chief?
Since then, more details have been leaked. The character is called Agent Locke, and while he may be playable in part, Master Chief will remain the central character of the story.
Agent Locke will have a big part to play, though.
It seems that Halo 5 will see both the Arbiter (a playable character in Halo 2) and Agent Locke are searching for Master Chief.
As part of their build up to the Halo 5 release, Microsoft have brought out the "Master Chief collection", a reissue of all the other main Halo games, making them compatible for the X-Box One. What's more, they have reportedly gone back into the previous titles planting easter eggs which prefigure both the involvement of Agent Locke and the direction of the plot of Halo 5 Guardians.
And it is in the trailer for this that we learn most about the new character's mission.
The narrator seems to be Arbiter, who is talking to Agent Locke about his mission to find Master Chief. As he says:
To find him you have do more than walk in his footsteps... I tell you this not because I trust you, Agent Locke, but because all out lives are at stake....the seeds of our future are sewn in his past.
The other place we can expect to learn details of this new, mysterious Halo character is in the Ridley Scott produced live-action, digital series Halo Nightfall, which it said to tell the "origin story of an all new character", who must be Agent Locke.
What is interesting is that both Agent Locke and Arbiter seem to have a slightly ambivalent status within the game, neither being completely trustworthy. Not only does Arbiter say "not because I trust you" to Agent Locke, but himself delivers a speech hinting at his moral ambiguity in the third trailer we will examine:
Catch that? It's the same voice, as we can only assume that he is talking once again to Agent Locke:
I have had many names in this long war. The humans knew me as the destroyer. To the Covenant, I was Supreme Commander. The Prophets named me Arbiter. And your Master Chief calls me Friend. How well do you know your friend, human? And what will you call me when you learn the truth of what I have done.
Watching these last two trailers, you can't help feeling that for at least some of the upcoming game, you will be able to play as Agent Locke, and search for Master Chief, who himself is wandering in the deserts of the ruined Lesser Ark searching for what he needs to restore Cortana.
But do you agree? What do you think the story will be for the upcoming Halo 5 Guardians and what role do you think Agent Locke will play? Write in with your thoughts below the line!