February 19, 2015
Live-Action 'Halo 5' Trailer Image Sets Up A Battered Master Chief

Microsoft has a habit of releasing live-action trailers for Halo that set the tone for the upcoming game. An image from a trailer shoot for Halo 5: Guardians hit the internet Thursday that definitely sets a new tone for the upcoming Xbox One exclusive.

The image supposed from the Halo 5 trailer shoot first appeared on the Halo sub-Reddit. It shows what appears to be a monument that's been savaged by a battle. A battered Master Chief is lying against the base while Oni Agent Jameson Locke stands in front of him in his full Spartan IV armor minus a helmet. You may notice a guy standing off to the right of Locke in the background, but he appears to be part of the production crew using a smoke machine.

Halo 5 Guardians Commercial (Xbox One)

Speculation around the location and significance of the monument began almost immediately. Some thought it may be the monument from the ending of Halo 3, but that does not appear to be the case. Others suggested that this may be on the planet Reach, where the Spartan program was born and Master Chief forged.

The "Duty and Honor Above All" imprint on the monument suggests that this was or is a human-held world, like Reach, versus one of the Halo rings.

The live-action trailers for Halo have not always been part of the canon of the game they were being used to promote. The closest have been the Halo: Reach trailer that establishes why Noble team needs a new sixth team member and why Kat has a mechanical arm. The Halo 4 land the flashback portions of the Halo 4 trailer.

The setup for Halo 5: Guardians that has been established from comments by 343 Industries and the cut-scenes from the Master Chief Collection is that Master Chief disappeared sometime after the events of Halo 4. Agent Locke is searching for the legendary Spartan and the Arbiter is more than willing to help as there is something out there that threatens the existence of humanity and the Elite.

Master Chief is apparently the key to understanding and stopping this new threat, but he appears to be wearing out as a machine of war. He's spent almost his entire existence fighting and the ending of Halo 4 has left him questioning his future and his purpose.

Halo 5 is due out sometime this fall for the Xbox One. The multiplayer beta in December reaped a lengthy list of changes already documented in this article for Inquisitr.

[Image via Reddit]