A new trailer for 'Halo 5: Guardians' is here, titled 'A Hero Falls'. Click the link below to view the trailer and read a full breakdown of the trailer that includes how it ties into all the information for the plot of Halo 5 we have so far!
November 15, 2001 was the day the world changed forever. It was the day one of the most iconic heroes was brought into our lives; The Master Chief. Halo: Combat Evolved was a world-wide success, and eventually we got Halo 2, which introduced to the world not only the next chapter in the Master Chief's epic journey, but also introduced another unlikely hero; The Arbiter. On top of all that, it brought the world something never before seen in the Halo universe; multiplayer. This would change the dynamic that would defined what it meant to be a FPS forever.
After that, we got a number of amazing and thrilling installments in the ever-growing franchise; Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, Halo 4 and so much more. Novels were written, comics were published, even an audio series (HuntTheTruth) was created. But does the newest installment, Halo 5: Guardians, spell trouble for our Spartan hero? We're not sure. But what we do know is that Master Chief's story IS coming to an end, and that Halo 6 is already being written!
Now I know I have already made a massive spoiler in the title, but frankly, what fan doesn't want to know that their favorite character is leaving the franchise very soon. But what lies below this paragraph includes MAJOR SPOILERS that I haven't posted above, so if you do not wish to see them, stop reading here.
Let's get to it.
The Biggest Halo News...Ever
The monumental news came today, September 25, 2015 from Game Stop revealing that not only is Microsoft already doing "serious, real planning" for the sequel to Halo 5: Guardians, but also they are planning for the series to continue through the next DECADE. Yeah, that's right. The next decade. Furthermore, they already know how the Chief's story is going to end. This is confirmed by development director Frank O'Conner, who talked about Halo 6 (or whatever they will be calling the sequel to Halo 5: Guardians) in an interview. Here's what Frank O'Connor had to say:
"We do kind of know what's going to happen in the next game pretty well at this point," O'Connor told GamesRadar. "We're doing serious, real planning and even some writing on the next game already, and that's a luxury--we've never been in that position before." "We know what’s going to happen in the next game, and we kind of know what's going to happen to the Master Chief ultimately," he explained.
But that's not all. Back in 2013, Microsoft gave us the following quote after news that Halo 4, 5 and 6 would be a trilogy (The Reclaimer Trilogy):
"While we originally said trilogy, we've actually expanded this to more of a saga, so we don't want to limit the Reclaimer story within a trilogy," Microsoft confirmed back in 2013.
What we can gather from this right here is that Microsoft and 343i have so much of story set in stone that they didn't feel a trilogy (3 games) was enough to do it justice, thus expanding it beyond just 3 games.
Let's see what we can gather from this quote.
The Future Is Decided, And It Looks Grim For Chief
Not only is the sequel to Halo 5: Guardians being written, but it appears that they already know the entire direction of the story line for future installments. How can we tell? Well, not only are they writing the story for what we will temporarily call "Halo 6", but they expanded the Reclaimer trilogy (Halo's 4, 5 and 6) into a "saga". This expansion means that rather than just 3 games that will incorporate one on-going plot, it will be more than 3 games that will deal with that plot. That's a hefty amount of planning, and to so confidently make that change they clearly know where the direction the story will take, which at some point includes the departure or death of the Master Chief.
The Direction of Halo's Future
According to Game Stop, O'Connor then went on to say that, looking beyond Halo 6, Microsoft knows, at a high level at least, what's going to happen in the Halo universe a decade from now. Recently, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said Halo has staying power similar to other juggernaut franchises such as Star Wars and Spider-Man. Spencer said he thinks Halo will still be popular 20 years from now in 2035, something that 343 studio head Bonnie Ross agreed with as part of the GamesRadar interview.
She said that the work done on the Halo franchise by Bungie with Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach laid "the fictional foundation for the next 20 years" of Halo.
"You can look at the ending of Halo 4--and where Master Chief is, and obviously we had to know where we were going to take Halo 5 and Halo 6 with that," she said. "You have an epic sci-fi universe and we have multiple ways that we can go with this story, but all the pieces are laying there. The canvas is there for us to paint."
O'Connor wasn't ready to commit to any specifics about Halo 6 or other future games, saying,
"If you start making those stepping stones too rigid, then you're not being realistic about the game development process."
But O'Connor, who has worked on the Halo franchise for more than a decade, first at Bungie and now with Microsoft, said the story planning team already has a good idea where Master Chief's story will end.
"We know what’s going to happen in the next game, and we kind of know what's going to happen to the Master Chief ultimately," he explained.
After all that, it's safe to say Microsoft's Halo franchise will be going no where anytime soon, we may see the sequel to Halo 5: Guardians a lot sooner than we think, the Reclaimer trilogy entails so much story that they had to expand it into a saga, and Master Chief's departure from the story is set in stone. With all that in mind, I am extremely curious to see what the future installments of the franchise have to offer to the story, and when/how the almighty hero Master Chief will make his exit from the Halo universe.
Be sure to stay tuned for any more information and updates on all things Halo!
Halo 5: Guardians will release at 12:00 am October 27, 2015 for Xbox One.