In Halo 5’s Campaign, You'll Always Have Three Companions

These characters will show up during cutscenes and can be given orders when playing on your own.

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Whether you're playing Halo 5: Guardians alone or with others, the campaign will see you accompanied by three Spartans that can be controlled by other players or take commands from you.

The Master Chief's companions are members of Blue Team, according to Game Informer. Blue Team has traditionally been led by the Master Chief and is comprised of three others Spartans (Linda, Kelly, and Fred) who have been present in the overall Halo canon, but were never featured in the games themselves.

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These characters will appear during cutscenes, rather than simply being partners in combat who disappear any time the story is being advanced. When playing on your own, you'll be able to give these characters commands. Alternatively, you can have co-op players assume control of them, with each one having their own distinct loadout.

The portion of Halo 5's campaign that focuses on Spartan Locke will see him accompanied by a group as well, in this case Fireteam Osiris. They're tasked with tracking down the Master Chief and killing him or bringing him back after he and Blue Team are said to have gone AWOL. Locke's story is featured in the Halo: Nightfall series, and has been further expanded in the ongoing Hunt the Truth podcast.

Both Blue Team and Osiris look to be the new Spartans who were introduced in the game's cover art back in April.

Halo 5: Guardians is due out on Xbox One on October 27. Expect to hear much more about it during E3 next week.

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foxrock66

I dig this idea, but if it isn't split-screen co-op I aint down with it. If they do this right, and the rest of the game holds up, might finally be enough to make me buy an Xbone

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rikku45

I kind of like this, notthing what worse then playing coop with a friend and us both being masterchief.

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ponic3

I like this changed, and I'm not worried. When H2 came out, everyone griped about hating on the Arbiter, now with him in H5 or at least making a cameo the fans seem satisfied as a 'hooray it's the Arbiter!' especially after he had some time in H3 to show his stuff sort of speak even though he was just AI controlled for all of it. Blue Team I've often wanted to see them, being an avid reader of the Halo novels, so it'll be nice to see them in action, and it'll be great to be at the top of a team. I find not many games do that because of the complications inherit in it, but when done right it can really work out and make a cool 'comrade' like feeling between you and your squadmates. I liked H4 because of the character development in it, as I feel Halo have moved beyond simple video game stories and become that bit better. So I'm not incredibly worried because now 343 can try new stuff but they've also learned from any mistakes they did make in H4 (it being their first time and all)

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Ray1man2hot

Xbox lineup can sink ps4 this year and these ponies, media included are running scared. As much as they try to down play the greatness of xbox one they cant fool people from seeing the truth. Ps4 says its great, well show me dont tell me. Xbox is showing us great games so why isnt ps4. At this point PS4 is nothing but all talk and its time to put up or shut up. If that console doesnt get any quality titles by the end of this year ps4 is washed up. https://youtu.be/KkAXPElma1Y

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midnightrush93

@ray1man2hot: Seriously, man? Sony has at least shown actual gameplay of Uncharted 4, Street Fighter 5, The Tomorrow Children, Until Dawn, and now, Ratchet and Clank; most shown before this years E3. Also, take into consideration that unlike Xbone, Playstation has the benefit of the Japanese market, who've been releasing and will continue to be releasing sought after titles like Guilty Gear Xrd, Persona 5, and Disgaea 5.

I've barely seen any gameplay footage coming out of Microsoft, before this years E3. And I like how you make ultimatums for Sony to release more this year, when their console has been taking Xbone out month after month. Also Sony has released more exclusives this year than Microsoft this year, taking AAA, AA, and Indies into consideration.

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Iambattlecry

@ray1man2hot: Doubt Sony fearing Halo 5 and that YouTube link was pointless. Had no Halo 5 footage or screenshots, just some random dude talking lmfao.

And what a killer line up at the End of the year for Microsoft lmfao

http://m.ign.com/games/upcoming/xbox-one

Halo 5 look to be the only big exclusive at the end of the year that stands out. Not saying PS4 has a bunch of exclusives coming out because it don't lol. But it's clear to see that both consoles are relying heavily, on multiplat games at the moment.

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Iambattlecry

@ray1man2hot: Stop being a damn fanboy troll for a change. You good and God damn well that's not happening man. It's all opinions of, Xbox One couldn't wash up the PS4 with removing the Kinect, permanently dropping the price to $349.99. Gving a $100 along with trade in value of the 360. They were even taking PS3's, that's how badly they we're in need of sales. Then you had retailers giving out $50 giftcards with like 3 free games. Now if all that didn't wash up the PS4, did really think a few games at the end of the year will ?. Come on man ppl releastic and nirvana wishful thinking delusional fanboy bro, lol.

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pankar94

@ray1man2hot:

Just for a couple of months till uncharted's 4 release date.

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Lord_Sesshy

If you don't want to read the books I at least implore you to listen to the audio book about Halo: The Fall of Reach. It explains a lot about Blue Team. It's even on YouTube for free so it's not like you have anything to loss.

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DarkReign2022

So excited! Been asking for a squad that actually plays a role in the plot since Halo 2 and the ability to issue commands since H1. H3 did a good job having the different playable characters, but stopped short of doing it right. H5 is finally the game true Halo supporters deserve. I only hope the campaign pushes upwards of 15 hours at least.

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Blaise0fGl0ry

First people complain Halo is outdated and needs to change, now once we start seeing change everyone complains that they have compromised the game play. You just cant please anyone these days. Its funny that based on the beta everyone seems to think they have seen everything the MP has to offer. I think ill atleast give the game a fair shake before I judge. Halo deserves atleast that much.

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Mogan

Spartan Fred?

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davidsworld3

I hope this means the campaign is much longer than the other games...I still feel salty and always will how the first game is still vastly more fun than the other stories. They just did it perfectly it didn't need any fluff like these others have and fail to deliver when it comes to an amazing mp experience...halo 4 rather killed it for me.

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playniko69

thats great guys

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Marky360

Uh wow I don't know how to feel about this really. Sounds like they just turned Halo into Gears of War don't know if that's good or bad.

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pankar94

Halo was one of my favorite franchises out there but 343 did a massive change to gameplay. They made it more modern and fast paced like CoD. I have played the beta and I liked it but it isn't the old good halo anymore. Before one week I sold my xbox and bought a ps4. Halo was the only reason to get an xbox but I was expecting something like the old halo games. And I think the story of the old trilogy was way better than the story halo 4 start.

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mark_parch

@pankar94: so your not interested in any other games like forza, crackdown, quantum break, scalebound, fable, or gears

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pankar94

@mark_parch:

I don't count forza cause sony has gran turismo which I prefer .So about the other titles ,I like fable but I won't die without playing it.Gears is good to play split screen but I am not crazy about it.I don't like crackdown and I don't have an opinion about quantum cause we haven't seen a lot of gameplay.

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EdwardNygma

@pankar94: Agreed. I have thought about selling my Xbox One as well and I already own a PS4.

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Marky360

@pankar94:

I know exactly how you feel I played the Beta as well and hated it it felt like they CODernized it. It look as if they've turn the campaign into Gears of War. I'm willing to give Halo one more chance but if 343 had screwed up Halo 5 then I'm done with the series.

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davidsworld3

@Marky360: I feel the same it really doesn't make this game look all that appealing. I will wait to see if the campaign at least is alone worth playing first. If it's just another at the most 6 hours then I will wait till it's cheap.

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Marky360

@davidsworld3:

Good lord I hope its much longer then that Halo's campaign is it's bread and butter.

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pankar94

@Marky360:

Personally I like CoD. But CoD is CoD and halo is halo. I liked halo because it was slow paced and had big team battles. Now 343 focus more on small team battles to make it more competitive. Also you die too fast and that's the biggest problem for me.I don't say anything about ads scope because it is just a new animation of old scopes but the fast paced gameplay with easy dying belongs to CoD and not to a halo game.

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ElFlechero

@pankar94: I believe the small team battles only was just for the beta and that we will still have big team battles in the game.

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Marky360

@pankar94:

Couldn't agree more same exact feeling as you.

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BobTheBuilder25

Halo got me into gaming, I love all of them (yes even Halo 4).

But squads in the campaign? I want to be the Chief, not be the leader of some crew. This, in addition to Agent Locke's bad acting in Nightfall, makes me seriously worried about Halo 5.

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Marky360

@bobthebuilder25:

Yea I know right that guy was fucken terrible. Nightfall was painful to watch all the way round.

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BobTheBuilder25

@Marky360: @davidsworld3 lol

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davidsworld3

@Marky360: I didn't even watch the entirety of the first episode..the effects were hard on the eyes to the extreme.

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Marky360

@davidsworld3:

I think I got as far as ep 3 before I tapped out. The acting and shitty CG made me feel like I was watching something off of SyFy bleh

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HOLYSHMUCK

They better explain the backstory to these characters. I've played all the games and know the GAME story by heart. Im gonna hate if I play from Halo 4 to 5 and have no idea who these people are. "Read the books" "HELL NO!" The story needs to be AT LEAST explained in the game. I hope it doesnt just HOP us into the story expecting people to know blue team already.

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davidsworld3

@HOLYSHMUCK: They dont even make the books about chief or the other spartans it's all about those dumb forerunners who in the game are pathetic.

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Lord_Sesshy

@davidsworld3: Actually they do. Halo: Fall of Reach is pretty much about how Master Chief met Cortana and Blue Team.

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Marky360

@HOLYSHMUCK:

Agreed that's why I hate it when games expand their universe beyond the game into other mediums because I have no interest in the other mediums most of the time and feels like I'm doing things backward when reading them

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jwrebholz

@HOLYSHMUCK: I think they'll provide some explanation, but it's likely you won't get the whole story. I would say at the very least, read The Fall of Reach. It's quite good.

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Thewelhasp0is0n

Hmm still waiting for mcc to be fixed ;)

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Priestwithgun

Fetch the bone"

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HeartYouMeUs

This game is going to be soooo good, can't wait!!!!!!

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Priestwithgun

Fightatars

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EdwardNygma

Seriously?!?! That is so pathetically lame. Wow Halo has gone downhill.

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Marky360

@edwardnygma:

I'm still gonna take a wait and see approach but you maybe right. Either way you are definitely right Halo has gone WAY down hill since Bungie left.

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Fartman7998

Hmm. I'm not going to pass judgement on it just yet. It could be awesome, it could be lame, it remains to be seen. I always thought of Master Chief as a lone wolf, and the story sort of builds that up for you thematically. Oh well, here's to hoping it's better than Halo 4.

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Marky360

@Fartman7998:

Dude I agree with you 100% I feel the same way.

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ecrowe21

@Fartman7998: The games would have you believe he was always a lone man fighting against the odds BUT the books really emphasize the almost telepathic link Spartans have with one another. His team was awesome according to the books. Glad to see the books are being used in Halo..FINALLY!!!

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Fartman7998

@ecrowe21: Oh yeah? I like the idea of that. I guess that could be exciting in terms of gameplay, but I wish they would've introduced that sooner. The games really don't make any mention of that whatsoever.

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GeiaSou

wait gamespot is acknowledging an xbox exclusive #mindblown #nogears #urdead2me

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CaptainBerserk

@geiasou: Oh please don't be a butthurt, exclusives are reported as they come, as always.