Halo 5: Guardians To Feature New Spartan Character
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.17.2014
Who has a key role...
In an interview with Eurogamer, 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross said that Halo 5: Guardians will feature a new Spartan character named Agent Locke who has a "key role" in the game. The digital series Halo Nightfall, produced by Ridley Scott, will tell his origin story. The first episode will be included with Halo: the Master Chief Collection on November 11. Later episodes will be released after the game's launch. Here are highlights:
On the status of Master Chief: "He is human, he's always been human, but at the end of Halo 4 he really is reflecting on who he is and why he exists. That was very deliberate because the story we want to tell on Xbox One really is an important part and the main part of his hero's journey. It's more about what he's searching for versus what the UNSC is asking him to do. [Halo 5 is] a continuation of Master Chief's story."
On the future of Halo: "It does give you a more interesting entertainment experience. At Comic-Con we'll talk a lot more about what we're doing with TV and what we can do with it on Xbox One, and how we're viewing it. It's a lot more seamless going from game to different experiences. One thing we'll talk more about at Comic-Con is what we can do with linear on Xbox One that we couldn't do on 360. It's super exciting for us to think about a digital series and television. Halo 5 is a lot about his future, but as you'll see through all of the linear pieces we've woven through, his past is key to his future."
On the changes in the story: "We decided to do a little bit more detail on the Forerunners. We wanted to bring a new enemy class into Halo, so we spent a lot more time mapping out exactly what that culture. It does play a big role in Halo 5 and beyond. We also had a tendency to kill all of our characters besides Master Chief. We are not Game of Thrones, and we actually want to make sure going forward we have a larger cast of characters with which to tell stories. Stories need to stand alone, whether they're books, in the game, different animation and live action. The game has to stand alone and each of the stories has to stand alone. They are better together, but we're never making fans do the homework to make sure they understand all of these."