‘Halo 5’ gets a release date, two new trailers

March 30, 2015 | 8:06 a.m.

Two new trailers, each showing similar events from a different point of view, give a peak into the potentially opposing storylines of “Halo 5: Guardians.” The bad news? They’re live-action and don’t tell us how the game actually looks. The good news? “Halo 5: Guardians” now has a release date.

“Halo 5: Guardians” is set to launch Oct. 27, and all indications are that it will showcase a more human quest for its stars. The teasers premiered during AMC’s finale for “The Walking Dead” on Sunday.

In one, future solider Spartan Locke is seen walking toward a statue of “Halo” hero Master Chief, but the voice-over indicates that Master Chief is now viewed as a traitor. Toward the clip’s end, we see a wounded Master Chief as Spartan Locke raises his weapon.

The other, below, flips the script, as Master Chief slowly approaches a near-dead Spartan Locke in the same apocalyptic setting. “Hunt the truth,” the trailer says, although it’s likely a safe bet that the game won’t kill off Master Chief.

“Halo 5″ will find its technologically enhanced super soldier Master Chief at a crossroads. “Halo 4″ ended with the franchise’s hero mourning the loss of Cortana, a nearly sentient artificially intelligent computer program that would appear in holographic form.

Although the core “Halo” games have all explored man’s relationship to machines, as Cortana grew more lifelike — and less interested in wearing clothing — the focus of the series shifted to take on broader existential and emotional sci-fi narratives.

“I think most of you know what happened at the end of ‘Halo 4,’” said 343 Industries’ general manager Bonnie Ross in unveiling the game last spring to members of the media. “Master Chief lost his best friend, and he’s in a very different, challenging place. He’s questioning everything. He’s questioning his past, his purpose, what he’s fighting for, why he’s fighting.”

– Todd Martens | @Toddmartens | @LATherocomplex


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