When it comes to core Halo games, we all know who the big star is. It’s Master Chief, a Spartan of sparse words and maximum action. A Halo game with the Master Chief is about as unthinkable as a police officer without unnecessary prejudice. But it may be time for a new Spartan to take over. And you could say that the next big hero of Microsoft’s heavyweight franchise, is a Locke for the role.
In an interview in X-One magazine (via Reddit), actor Mike Colter explained that he would be the star of Halo 5: Guardians. “Yeah, I’m a playable character in Halo 5,” Colter said.
Once Halo: The Master Chief Collection is released, and then Halo 5 comes out shortly thereafter, you’re basically going to be playing a game with me as the primary character. I’ll have some cool weaponry, and some cool abilities, because by that time I’ll be a Spartan IV.
Colter, who will be appearing in the upcoming Halo: Nightfall series next month on the Halo channel, was coy about any other details. But he did tease that his Agent Locke wouldn’t be as cut and dry as Master Chief was in the morality department. “What’s not known, is whether I’m a friend or foe,” Colter said.
The relationship between Master Chief and Jameson Locke is going to be interesting. Because what’s the outcome? Is he dead or alive? Because that’s usually what a manhunt comes down to, dead or alive, but you won’t know what the purpose of finding Master Chief is [right away].
Or what will happen if we do find him, what condition he will be in, and where he’s at mentally. But I’m sure that’ll be a plot twist in Halo 5.
I doubt that Locke will replace Master Chief entirely, because we all know just how volatile the Halo fanbase can be. But I like the idea of Halo 5 being more than just a Master Chief experience. And if we’re going to play the game with a story that runs parallel to itself between the two Spartans, then that could be a neat hook to keep the next Halo game interesting.
Last Updated: October 7, 2014