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Halo 5: Guardians has the vague release date of late 2015 at the moment. 343 are currently busy fixing up the Halo: Master Chief Collection, which may delay Halo 5 ever so slightly. But what will the plot be? Is Master Chief on a journey to revive Cortana before Agent Locke can hunt him down?

Halo 5 is undoubtedly going to be the game that will eventually pull every Xbox fan (and even Playstation fans) over to the NextGen console. For those that are still holding off, it would be a sin to miss 343's latest addition to the Halo franchise. Naturally, we have a long while to wait and there's plenty of speculation, gameplay and trailers awaiting us!

Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5: Guardians

One thing that everyone is wondering about, is whether Cortana will feature in Halo 5. Will 343 go back and revive her after making us all break down at her loss? Will Master Chief be on a mission to bring back the "woman" that he loves? Let's discuss Cortana and Halo 5!

Halo 5: Guardians - Can Master Chief Revive Cortana While Running from Agent Locke?

There are plenty of rumours and slander surrounding what sort of sights we'll be granted to see in Halo 5. The trailers have given us only small amounts of information, and the only gameplay we've seen comes from the beat test of the Multiplayer. But there is one thing that we feel safe in guessing, the data chip Master Chief was clutching in the Halo 5 trailer is probably the storage device that once held Cortana.

Halo 5 Multiplayer
Halo 5 Multiplayer

Is he carrying it around as a memento, a reminder of her brave spirit? Is he mourning her loss and clutching onto the past by keeping it safe? Or is he in fact on an adventure to bring her back to her former state? Is he suffering hardships to bring back the only being that understood him and kept John-117's link with the emotional world intact?

If Master Chief is indeed on a journey to reanimate that what we'd want from 343 Industries? To just go back on the revelation they unveiled in Halo 4?!

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Aaaaawesome Halo Art
Aaaaawesome Halo Art

Personally, I loved the bravado that 343 Industries displayed as they stepped up and took charge of one of the most beloved franchises of all time. Bungie had been the only ones to make a canon Halo game, and in my opinion, 343 did a stellar job. Their greatest attribute was that they showed they weren't afraid to take the story to new places and show us enemies we'd never seen and also kill off one of the series' most beloved characters.

It was fresh and it was exhilarating, let' hope they can get that multiplayer fixed up good and quick for Halo 5! No server issues please 343. So, in terms of Cortana and Halo 5, I love the idea of Master Chief pining over her loss. If it effects his combat abilities and he sees flashes of her, wonderful! It'll grant a level of emotional depth to John that we crave to see.

More awesome Halo concept art!
More awesome Halo concept art!

Though I feel, that even if Cortana appeared at the end of Halo 5, in the credits or something, they'd be undermining the achievements they accomplished with Halo 4. Why would you just go back on something like that? Yes, it'd be great to see Cortana again, but the send off she received was so perfect that I have no desire to see that ruined by her revival...but who knows. Maybe they could do it justice?

What do you want to see in Halo 5? Would you be interested in seeing 343 Industries revive Cortana in Guardians? Let us know what you think in the comments!


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