If there's one thing that has always made Master Chief relatable, its Cortana. When you think about it, John-117 is just another deep-voiced hero that shoots bad guys. But it was the presence of a remarkably human AI that aided our immersion into this world and deepened our relations with the story and its characters.
She was grounding. She brought out emotions in Master Chief as the two of them sought to find answers to the difficulties thrown before them and mankind. They were a wonderful team, one that will go down in history in video games. But now with her passing in Halo 4, and Master Chief mourning this painful loss, her void is to be filled by Agent Locke in 343 Industries' Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo 5: Guardians, Agent Locke & Cortana
343 Industries, in the wake of the Master Chief Collection and its disasters (which may affect Halo 5), has chosen to focus their attention, for the time being, on the future. We know the Master Chief Collection has problems, and I think even 343 are tired of hearing it. Therefore, they've attempted to be optimistic and generate excitement for their upcoming (release date-less) XBOX One exclusive, Halo 5 .
How have they done this? By talking about Master Chief, Agent Locke and Cortana. "The Chief is the core hero in the story, without a doubt. Forget how long you play as each character or whatever – it’s really about contextualizing the Chief. As much as Locke is an important character in the universe himself, he’s also going to be a useful cipher for you to explore Master Chief’s character from an outside perspective.”
Basically, the studio shed some great light on Cortana and her relationship with Master Chief through three XBOX generations. Cortana gave us an outside perspective. Master Chief, to many, was a weapon. A means to an end. But Cortana knew of his deeply suppressed emotions and was able to freely express her own. She had extensive knowledge on this history of this universe and was constantly able to offer insight on the past and present situations.
However, one thing she could never do was let us know what was happening in the world around us in the present. What's happening on other planets? Have the Flood or Covenant made things difficult in other places in the galaxy? What are other wars being waged like? Agent Locke has the answer.
Halo 5: Agent Locke & a New Perspective
As opposed to filling Cortana's shoes, Agent Locke will be giving us a whole new perspective on the Halo universe. He'll be able to inform us as to what he has seen. We'll learn of the struggles that mankind faces in this hostile universe, adding another dimension to the world, but also to Master Chief.
How he reacted to Cortana was key in terms of insights to his character. How he goes along with Agent Locke will also grant us this insight. Will we hear more about his backstory? About his indoctrination and military training? And is Agent Locke gearing up to fill Master Chief's shoes? The future remains unclear, especially in the hands of 343 Industries.
So what do you think [Halo](movie:559680) fans? Are you pleased about the new dimension that Agent Locke will bring to Halo 5 on the Xbox One? Could this be the last release date for Master Chief? Or will we see him return once more in Halo 6? Be sure to let us know in the comments!