Halo 5 Guardians Kicks Off Microsoft's E3 2015 Press Conference

Desperately Seeking Master Chief.

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Microsoft's E3 2015 press conference started sensibly enough, with the franchise that put Xbox on the map: Halo.

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While no major plot reveals were made, the new gameplay trailer further conveyed the likelihood that Halo 5: Guardians will be a significant character departure not seen since Halo: Reach, a game that didn't even feature Master Chief at all.

Led by Spartan Locke, his squad (with the acting and facial capture of Nathan Fillion) is in search of Master Chief, who has since gone missing in action. Set in a stronghold littered with an injured Covenant, the gameplay clip implied that the once main villain of the franchise is in the midst of their twilight years. The five-minute gameplay footage had all the trademarks of Halo: the assertiveness of a shotgun, new weapons like a beam crossbow, the reappearance of the Prometheans, and a brief escape sequence from a collapsing environment. The emphasis on a squad without Master Chief was effective in connecting this campaign mode with the much talked about Halo 5 Guardians multiplayer.

The presentation wrapped up with the reveal of Halo 5 Warzone, a highly customizable multiplayer platform that pits up to 24 players head-to-head, as well as against AI bots. Expect levels larger than your average Halo map.

Halo 5: Guardians is set for release on October 27, 2015. Check out all the news that happened at the Microsoft conference right here.

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