There are going to be a lot of references to the plot of Halo 4 in this post, so for those that haven't played 343 Industries' latest instalment in the Halo franchise, I suggest you skip ahead. But as we know, 343 took us on an emotional journey with Halo 4, one which saw a character from the very first game die before our eyes. Cortana's passing will be something that will shape the Master Chief in Halo 5, and she may actually be appearing too.
But even if the voice of Jen Taylor doesn't return for Halo 5, she will be heard by millions of people around the world thanks to Windows 10. Microsoft has their answer to Apple's Siri, and it will be the voice of Halo's Cortana. But how intelligent is this AI? What will Cortana bring to our lives, how does Jen Taylor feel about it, and will I basically be living the plot of 2013's greatest film, Her?
Halo 5, Cortana & Microsoft's Windows 10 AI
At the end of July, Windows 10 will be unleashed upon the world, and with that will come one of the computer industry's most advanced AIs. If Microsoft has their way, she could be on over a billion machines within a year. Cortana is going to be helping a lot more people than Master Chief! But Microsoft want to make her more than a database for every question you may have, she's been given a personality. 2001: A Space Odyssey anyone?!
She can sing songs, recite jokes and basically be a bit strange. They've given this AI some really peculiar little "emotions" but I think we're a long way from falling in love with her. Perhaps philosophical discussions regarding the nature of being will be reserved for a later version of Cortana! But some people seem to think Jen Taylor is unhappy with the position.
The reason that Microsoft hired Jen Taylor for the position of playing Cortana on Windows application is simple; they want you to like her. Cortana will be in charge of a ridiculous amount of information about you - you want to feel like you're in good hands. Taylor's voice has brought life to an AI in such a beautiful way in the Halo series, but I wonder how well that will transfer over to our world.
"You will develop a relationship of sorts with this machine. Who knows? You may even fall in love!" - Dan Tynan, Tech Columnist
I'm sure all of us who enjoy Halo and are looking forward to the XBOX One release date of Halo 5, are excited for this development. Basically just so we can ask her questions that Master Chief has. Microsoft have made it clear that this is not the same AI seen in Bungie's games, but that's not going to stop us from trying!
Do You Think Cortana & Jen Taylor Will Be in Halo 5?
In the first teaser that we saw for Halo 5, Master Chief was seen holding the chip that contained Cortana. He appeared to be venturing somewhere with great intent. Is he searching for a way to bring her back? Will we hear the voice of Jen Taylor in Halo once more? Let us know what you think in the comments below and if you're excited to try out Microsoft's Cortana AI!