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We're close enough to Halo 5: Guardian's release for Microsoft to send out the opening cinematic. Even if you don't like Halo, you'll still enjoy this video.
The video opens with Spartan Locke and the rest of Fireteam Osiris being briefed inside a Pelican dropship. Five human colonies have been hit by Forerunner attacks recently. The UNSC has been contacted by scientist Catherine Halsey, who says that she has information on these attacks. Unfortunately, she's a hard person to talk to. She's being held by Covenant forces.
One of Fireteam Osiris' members is Edward Buck, played by Nathan Fillion. Buck is a former Orbital Drop Shock Trooper who appeared in Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach. He's now a Spartan like Locke so we'll see a lot of him during the campaign.
Fireteam Osiris' mission is being inserted behind enemy lines to retrieve Halsey. During their rescue mission, they may have to deal with Convenant commander Jul 'Mdama, who is reportedly with Halsey. Considering this is a video game and all, I wouldn't be surprised if players fight him at some point.
(Fun side note: the soldier giving the briefing seems to be Spartan Palmer. Players previously became Palmer in Halo 4's Spartan Ops campaign and twin-stick shooter Halo: Spartan Assault.)
The Fireteam then leaps out of the Pelican and glides down to the battlefield. We're then treated to ample footage of these supersoldiers tearing up Covenant and Forerunner forces. They glide down a snowy mountain with their suit's thrusters and shoot or punch anything in their way. The trailer reminds us just how powerful the Spartans are within the Halo universe.
As we know from other Halo 5 trailers, Locke's mission will ultimately take him on a hunt for Master Chief. The former hero is believed to have turned traitor. The truth is more complicated, though, as players will learn through playing some of the campaign from Master Chief's perspective. I'm sure Locke and Master Chief will eventually team up against a common foe but it should be fun to watch them tussle before that happens.
Halo 5 will launch worldwide on Xbox One on October 27th. If you're looking to pre-order, you have the option of buying a $100 limited edition or $250 collector's edition.
What did you think of Halo 5's opening cinematic?