Halo 5: That mysterious character is not Cortana

It's an entirely new male character, executive producer Josh Holmes says.

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The mysterious blue-visored character featured opposite Master Chief in the recently released image for Halo 5: Guardians is not Cortana or Sarah Palmer, a Spartan soldier from Halo 4 and Halo: Spartan Assault. Executive producer for the Halo series at developer 343 Industries, Josh Holmes, wrote on Twitter today that this person is actually an entirely new male character.

"For everyone speculating about the mysterious Spartan in Halo 5: Guardians, he’s not Palmer (or Cortana!). He’s a NEW character," Holmes wrote.

Who could it be? Holmes didn't say. Halo 5: Guardians was only just announced today, and apart from some technical and high-level details, 343 Industries isn't saying much about it.

The single (non-concept art) image released so far for Halo 5: Guardians gives fans of the series a lot to think about. Why is Master Chief featured on the bottom, with the new character up top? Is Microsoft in some way trying to tell us something by positioning the characters that way?

It's too early to know for sure, but Microsoft says it will talk about something Halo-related during its E3 2014 press conference on Monday, June 9. Halo 5: Guardians launches fall 2015 exclusively for Xbox One.

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Discussion

87 comments
banderson2291
banderson2291

My guess, ONI agent Locke (or however you spell it) is the man that we see interrogating Dr Halsey at the beginning of h4. "The others before you were navel intelligence but you.... you're something different." Dr. Halsey.

Using hybrid Mjolnir/promethean armor and all the Intel on the master chief that he could scrape together between his Halsey/Arbiter interviews he is tasked (by ONI) to replace , return, or remove the master chief.

banderson2291
banderson2291

My guess, ONI agent Lock (or however you spell it) is the man that we see interrogating Dr Halsey at the beginning of h4. "What are you after? The others before you were navel intelligence but you.... you're something different" Dr. Halsey.

Using hybrid Mjolnir/promethean armor and all the Intel on the master chief that he could scrape together between his Halsey/Arbiter interviews he is tasked (by ONI) to replace , return, or remove the master chief.

cynicritic
cynicritic

FYI to all the sub-fans... The books are not canon. Only the games are canon. The books contradict the games, the games are the true events and the true lore. If they let you book fans count we would all end up with Chief vs Superman like what happened with Predator... But it's cute you take yourselves seriously...

neawng83xx
neawng83xx

Interestingly the image appears as if the new character is looking in to a lake... looking it it's refection. Which could suggest that it will be the Poler-Opposite of the Chief. A bit like Neo vs Agent Smith in The Matrix.   

neawng83xx
neawng83xx

I think the character could be Chief's enemy. That is if 117 does go rogue in order to some how get Cortana back, ONI will no doubt need to eliminate The Chief or recapture the AI. And I don't think John will like the way the UNSC is heading. Totally gears up for dominance of the Galaxy, all in the cause for peace, USA style.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

A new character sounds great, as long as it completely original.

ooblah10
ooblah10

It'd be cool if you played as this new character like halo 2 style, swapping between chief and arby

bartz1181
bartz1181

I wonder if it has something to do with Bornstellar.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

A rushed Halo that will feed the hungry and give back a glimmer of hope for X1. 

Maxx_the_Slash
Maxx_the_Slash

It's definitely a female, considering all the female Spartans have smaller armor that accents their waist and arms.


If it's not Cortana or Sarah Palmer, maybe it's Kelly from the novels and the Package cartoon from Halo Legends (and shown in the live action Forward Unto Dawn movie).

June-GS
June-GS

@Microsoft, even if it's intentionally designed as such, there's a reason why everybody including my granny mistook that character as female: No real-world MALE warrior, much less a fictional Spartan, could possibly have armored man-boobs and delicate wasp-waists like that. And even the color theme? It's almost... cute. Kinda reminds me of Starcraft's Nova's bluish palette. Almost like, if Master Chief & Cortana (or Sarah) had a daughter. Yes, honestly, that's how feminine your character design looks. Come to think of it, why not make the character truly female? That'd be a pleasant surprise. Besides, you still have more than a year to adjust the story. LOL

redfrey
redfrey

Since the new spartan has the ONI symbol on his armor, I'm going to guess he'll be trying to kill the Master Chief because of his associations with Halsey.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Sarah Palmer sucked! (just putting it out there)

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Why in gods name would that be Cortana? Are people that thick? The Cortana in the game is AI for a start not a physical person, and the person who she was modeled after was about 60 (or you know old in a Sci-fi setting about 120 or something) during Halo 4. Why would she be wearing combat armour?

crotapiasiglos
crotapiasiglos

I don't care what he says... it looks female to me!

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

lol its copy-chief like the dark samus in Metroid xD

voreo
voreo

Not cortana? Must be J.A.R.V.I.S.

Lightning__Evil
Lightning__Evil

The new character looks awesome but I hate that its a guy. I totally thought the new Spartan looked female in this image and there are plenty of strong female Spartans in the novels and other supporting material for the franchise. I would have liked to see them use some character from the supported lore rather than a completely new character. We need a main female character in Halo 5, preferably Cortana.


I can't say I really care yet as to what this character's role will be but if they end up doing a forced co-op partnership sans Dead Space 3 or recent Resident Evils' I'm out. I think they're smart enough not to do that though and I'd welcome a switching story mechanic like with the Arbiter in the second game or if the character isn't playable.

maybock3000
maybock3000

Bring back Cortana, you bastards!!!!

tduhon07
tduhon07

The end of Halo 4 made it seem as if Humanity itself (or at least portions of it) may be the next battle for Master Chief.


That new character you see may very well be an antagonist Spartan. Perhaps a "replacement" for the Chief, or even a rival that will ultimately end up on opposing sides as the story develops.

I do believe certain elements of ONI or UNSC likely feel threatened by the Chief. Like Lasky says, it feel funny when Chief salutes him, because he's accomplished so much compared to those who are suppose to command him. That was okay when Chief was across the Galaxy, but now he's home, and he's a figure that people can rally behind. I think those elements will use the guise of creating a "new and improved" Chief to try to get rid of him.


"You either die a hero..." You know how it goes.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

I'm intrigued, and I sense a somewhat darker overall tone for this new entry.

PizzaWizard13
PizzaWizard13

Unless it's a standalone spinoff (Halo 3: ODST) then I say drop the "Guardians" from the title. But, since they did this I'm assuming there is a big reason why Guardians is in the title. But that doesn't help my OCD.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

A new male character? I honestly thought it's a female!

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

I know most of you haven't seen a woman in awhile, but those shoulders are far too broad to be a female figure. Even a marine...I just hope they don't force some type of uber-edgy rebel character in our faces. Would be neat if we play as both.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

Well, there was only one other that had the same 'hyper-lethal' rating as the Chief, but I highly doubt they'd bring back Noble Six.

neawng83xx
neawng83xx

@bartz1181 Very interesting idea!!! I have read the books. And humanity IS heading the way of the Forerunners. 

packers904
packers904

@SIDEFX1  How is it rushed? They have done a 3 year cycle to make halo games historically. And this time it will be the full 3 years. Halo 4 was relatively rushed, but 343 did an impressive job with it nonetheless, i am excited to see what they do with the full 3 years.

wallacom
wallacom

@SIDEFX1  Halo 4 2012. Halo 5 2015. Three years is a decent time

neawng83xx
neawng83xx

@Maxx_the_Slash I think it will be a new enemy using Promethean technology, a new and more powerful enemy to hunt down the now rogue John-117 and also to recapture the revived AI Cortana.  

krissym
krissym

@Maxx_the_SlashThe post has already been confirmed that its a male - hence not Kelly. Although rumor has it that she is making an appearance. The thing that interests me is the ONI symbol which is intriguing if you're reading the Escalation series and also caught the hooks in the Spartan Assault game that fills in that blank. What interests me personally is that the helmet is eerily reminiscent to the Promethean Knight face shield not to mention that their suits were also feminine in appearance.


neawng83xx
neawng83xx

@redfrey Agree. I think it's a new enemy. Chief has already taken down The Covenant. Flood and Protheans. A new enemy is needed and it will have to be engineered just as the chief was. 

neawng83xx
neawng83xx

@tduhon07 Yep. You've put it better than I could have. Agree with your theory.

NTM23
NTM23

@tduhon07  I don't agree with your entire theory as to what it may be, but it's close enough. I agree with all of it, but I'm still not sure about the whole other spartan being the antagonist. I mean, perhaps, but it could also be that, but more deep than simply "good old spartan vs. bad new spartan".

rasterror
rasterror

Especially when they were explaining how the Spartans were emotionally and mentally unstable without their AI companions. Maybe they created a better Spartan that doesn't have that flaw. And seeing that Cortana is gone Chief is now lost and you saw the at the end of Halo 4. We'll see what happens. In a year and a half. :-(

neawng83xx
neawng83xx

@PizzaWizard13 Guardians was a bad choice. In Bungie's new IP Destiny you will play as a Guardian. This similarity is a bummer. I think Destiny will be Halo evolved and Halo 5 will just be a poor imitator. 

Zloth2
Zloth2

@RC-Sev Have you ever seen the "Haloid" video?  Look it up sometime.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

@stage4saiyanGeez, I hate the "rebel character" that thinks it's okay disobeying orders.

rasterror
rasterror

Have you seen a woman on steroids or on testosterone? Seeing that the Spartan program is like being on steroids times 100 I don't think see why it could be a female.

Ensabuhnur
Ensabuhnur

@Draken_Domingo  nope he is very dead and playing out that final scene in reach was sad and futile.  That whole game was sad, which is what made it so awesome

Ensabuhnur
Ensabuhnur

@NTM23 @tduhon07  Also noted is that this spartan has an Oni insignia on so he is likely spec op

rasterror
rasterror

And if they stopped making it where is Kill Zone gonna get some of their ideas from?

rasterror
rasterror

Either way it's spelled, it's still generic.