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Spartan super-soldiers face off in Microsoft’s live-action Halo 5 ads

Master Chief and Spartan Locke go head-to-head in two new teasers for Halo 5.


Dennis Scimeca


Posted on Mar 30, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 5:01 am CDT

Halo fans must wait seven months to discover why two Spartan super-soldiers, Master Chief and Locke, are pointing guns at each other in a pair of live-action commercials for Halo 5: Guardians.

Microsoft has released two new spots for Halo 5 that show what looks like a climactic scene in the game’s storyline, with each spot showing a different point of view. The company also announced that the Xbox One-exclusive game would be released on Oct. 27.

The new spots continue a tradition of live-action Halo commercials that began with Halo 3’s “Believe” ad campaign.

In Halo 5, Spartan Locke, one of the new generation of Spartan warriors, is hunting Master Chief, the last surviving original Spartan and the hero of the Halo series. We know Locke is on the hunt for the Chief because of cinematics from Halo: The Master Chief Collection and scenes from Halo: Nightfall, the digital feature that shipped with the game.

The new spots suggest that Locke may gain the upper hand against the Chief at some point during Halo 5. They also suggest that Locke might lose such a confrontation.

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The new commercials build on Microsoft’s Hunt the Truth alternate reality game and the associated audio series about a journalist in the Halo universe investigating Master Chief’s background. The audio series is scheduled to run up to E3 2015, which takes place June 16-18 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Screengrab via Xbox/YouTube

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*First Published: Mar 30, 2015, 11:51 am CDT