Halo 2 switched between Master Chief and the Arbiter while Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach excluded everyone’s favorite Spartan altogether. Will Halo 5: Guardians for the Xbox One be another attempt to expand the Halo universe beyond Master Chief’s imposing figure? That may be the case, according to an interview with Agent Locke actor Mike Colter.
“Yeah, I’m a playable character,” Colter stated in an interview with X-One Magazine posted on Reddit. This bit isn’t particularly surprising, as this was already confirmed during the San Diego Comic-Con in July. What we didn’t know is to what extent Agent Locke would be playable. It looks like it may be a significant portion of the game.
“Once ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ is released, and then ‘Halo 5’ comes out shortly thereafter, you’re basically going to be playing a game with me as the primary character,” Colter said of his Agent Locke character.
That’s a game changer, if accurate. The Halo: Master Chief Collection trailer from E3 already suggests that Agent Locke is on a mission to find the Master Chief. The purpose behind the manhunt looks to remain a mystery even through the game.
“What’s not know, is whether I’m a friend of foe,” Colter explained. “The relationship between Master Chief and Jameson Locke is going to be interesting. Because, what’s the outcome? Is he dead or alive? Because that’s usually what a manhunt comes down to, dead or alive, but you won’t know what the purpose of finding Master Chief is [right away]. Or what will happen if we do find, what condition he will be in, and where he’s at mentally. But I’m sure that’ll be a plot twist in ‘Halo 5.'”
The mental state of Master Chief was definitely put into question at the beginning and end of Halo 4. It’s been further questioned in a recent story arc in Dark Horse’s Halo: Escalation comic books. 343 Industries is building up to Master Chief’s disappearance, so it should be a hot topic among the Halo fan base once it happens.
As for what Halo 5: Guardians players will be able to look forward to with Agent Locke, Colter says that he will “have some cool weaponry, and some cool abilities, because by that time I’ll be a Spartan IV.”
Agent Locke will be introduced as an Oni agent in the live-action Halo: Nightfall episodic series that will be included as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection due out for the Xbox One on November 18.
Update: A Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer, “As we’ve said before, Locke plays a primary role in Halo 5: Guardians. The Master Chief remains an integral part of the game’s story and as a playable character.”
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