E3 2014: Halo 5's Mysterious Spartan Named Agent Locke; Backstory Coming in Nightfall

More on the new character will be revealed in Ridley Scott's upcoming digital series.

The mysterious character seen in the Halo 5: Guardians teaser image above is named Agent Locke, and he'll be featured in acclaimed director Ridley Scott's upcoming digital Halo series.

Locke's identity was revealed to Polygon by 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross, who said he'll have "a key role in Halo 5: Guardians." That much was to be expected, given that the blue-visored Spartan was featured opposite the Master Chief in the Halo 5 teaser image released last month. Microsoft and 343 avoided saying who he was at the time, only confirming that it was a new male character, not Cortana.

Mysterious as Locke remains for now, we won't have to wait until Halo 5 is released next year to learn more. "We're using Halo Nightfall to basically tell his backstory and tell his origin story," Ross said.

Nightfall is the episodic digital series from Scott that Halo: The Master Chief Collection buyers will get full access to. It was reported just last week that filming was underway in Ireland. Ross confirmed filming has wrapped up in Ireland, with Iceland next on the schedule. She also said it's not mandatory viewing: "You don't have to watch this, but knowing this will kind of tee you up for all the new things that are going on in Halo 5: Guardians," she explained.

The Master Chief Collection will include more new story content than just Nightfall. Hidden terminals are being added to Halo 2, and by finding them, you'll be able to watch animated stories that follow the Arbiter's story. Additionally, a new prologue (taking place before Halo: Combat Evolved) and epilogue (taking place between Halo 4 and Halo 5) are being produced to further flesh out the universe.

Microsoft confirmed rumors this week when it announced The Master Chief Collection during its E3 press conference on Monday. The collection includes all four Halo games to star the Master Chief and, as we've since learned, will offer new skulls, as well as saved films and Forge support--but only in the games that originally supported them.

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37 comments
death4us2
death4us2

Halo 4 should've been named something else since it is a alternate universe spinoff.  I think they should just drop Halo and make it into a movie or series because as a game I don't think 343 has the ability to make Halo the top game as Bungie did.

Spankthesmurfs
Spankthesmurfs

Im an xbox only fan and I haves always been but if this is starting to show that they are slowly weeding master chief and cortana out in halo 5 im buying a ps4 the next day and not ever touching xbox stuff again!!!

Master chief and Cortana made xbox what it is today, if they fade them out then screw 343!!!

bourne714
bourne714

I CAN NOT WAIT TO PLAY THIS!  For me, when I think of my favorite past time in video games, Master Chief is right there at the front of the line.  Followed by Mario and Sonic.

xgraderx
xgraderx

Agent...doesnt sound military to me and thats the arbitor standing in front of him by the window isnt it?Has anyone done a breakdown of this trailer yet?

alexbartle
alexbartle

sounds like Prophet from crysis unless i am very much mistaken

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

I hope Nightfall's good... Would be a bit of a drag to watch the backstory of a character to a game I'm most definitely going to buy... And for the show to suck

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

So far this guy sounds awesome, VIVA HALO!!!!!

nsprenkels
nsprenkels

sad that it isn't comming to pc.. 

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

The Master Chief Collection is the collection end all collections. As a long time and die hard Halo fan, 343 has so far shown that they can handle the greatest gaming franchise of all-time. Counting down the days until Halo 5 and Chief's collection! Long live Halo!

garlic1080
garlic1080

I can't wait for halo 5 :) :) loved all of the other games 


please dont mess it up

ScaredySquirrel
ScaredySquirrel

I loved Halo 4, campaign and multiplayer. The multiplayer got some much needed changes and it's by far the best looking game on Xbox 360. I can't wait to start playing Halo 4 multiplayer on dedicated servers. No more game delays because the host doesn't like the way a game is going, I'm in!


spartanx169x
spartanx169x

What are they meaning by Digital series? Is it all CGI? OR just available for Digital download from Xbox What does it mean?

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

They're different characters, but that image reminds me of the Fable series covers

As if Locke is the alternate, evil version of Chief

jttwister9
jttwister9

As if all 4 halo campaigns and all their multiplayer wasn't enough they give us a free movie series from ridley scott would easily pay in the hundred for all this content. Thank you microsoft for not only making it but making it only 60 dollars. 

Foppe
Foppe

Clearly Master Chef from an alternative universe.

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

"he is more than the sum of his actions"


*I squeel like a girl*

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Ok,i have always to smile when i hear the name Locke.

In german it means curl

jv303
jv303

I actually loved Halo 4, and I'm glad this is happening - because, honestly, this whole thing is getting a little convoluted. They didn't do a very good job explaining why humanity and the Covenant are at war again, and they tried to introduce a few new characters... now they're introducing ANOTHER new semi-protagonist....

Hopefully, this will get everything to make some damn sense.

ModifiedCPU
ModifiedCPU

hopefully, they can make this Halo better than the last one.. >.>

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@Spankthesmurfs 


While I don't think that's going to happen for a minute, I think it's foolish of you to limit yourself like that. What's wrong with a franchise changing over time? 343i has already made it very clear that Halo 4-6 are very much going to be about Master Chief. He's the main player here, and if you watch the CGI trailer from last year's E3, Chief pulls out the chip that Cortana is usually stored in, but she's obviously not there. I think Halo 5 is going to be all about his struggle to get her back because he loves her. Cortana is pretty much the most human part of Chief.

jayjay444
jayjay444

@xgraderx Yes theres a breakdown on Youtube and that is the Arbitor, If you played Halo 4 remember the "Agent" questioning Dr Halsey at the start of the game, do you think that could be Agent locke? just a theory of mine so far there could be a connection there. 

rasterror
rasterror

The story in Halo 4 was my favorite. The ending almost brought a tear to my eye.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@spartanx169x meaning the series will be available for streaming and download, not in a time slot on a TV channel 

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@Spartan_418 


Reminds me of that, too, but the evil character is always displayed on the bottom, so maybe Chief is the evil one. :)

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@jttwister9 


Totally agree. This is a sweet collection and a great value. The only other game collection that I think comes close is The Orange Box.

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

@jv303 I'll never forget those words from Cortana: "A lot can happen in 4 years"...


Hopefully we'll find out why we're at war with the Covenant again.

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

@jv303 Halo 4 was awesome. I didn't play the campaign, but put many tens of hours into the MP until my disc broke. I'm psyched that they are putting in the MCC, @ 1080p 60fps. Like... what a frikken awesome deal.

rasterror
rasterror

I thought Halo 4 had the best story out of all of them.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@Spartan_418 @spartanx169x  Ah, I was thinking that  and maybe they said it and missed it. But then I got to thinking hey maybe its like the Movie Avatar . Thanks.

jayjay444
jayjay444

@PSYCHOV3N0M @jv303 


I'll make this as short as I possibly can, Elites in Halo 4 are in a civil war with each other like the UNSC and Insurrection. The Elites we fight in Halo 4 still believe the Forerunners are their gods - there called the Storm Faction. The Elites we are currently allied with or have a peace treaty with are the Arbiters faction.


Yes, the game does a piss poor job of distinguishing the two, which it really should have done so in the beginning so players wouldn't be so confused about it. While Halo 4 isn't about the Covenant, more clarity about events between Halo 3 and Halo 4 would have greatly helped players.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@rasterror  I agree...except for Halo 1. Nothing will ever beat that classic.

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

@rasterror My guess is he didn't play for the story. Sad because it did have a great single player.