Spectacular Halo 5 Guardians Trailer Arrives

With the Halo 5: Guardians release date coming next month officially, Microsoft is once again teasing the upcoming first-person shooter with all new mechanics. Forgot video documentaries and extended commentary, this time, developer 343 Industries is wetting appetites with a gorgeous looking video taken straight from the game’s story.

Microsoft spent the better part of the weekend teasing the new Halo 5: Guardians release trailer, but it wasn’t until late Monday that the trailer went up on video website YouTube. The three-minute long trailer doesn’t feature longtime series protagonist John 117. It doesn’t even mention the Halo installations. Microsoft tells readers on its Xbox Wire website that the video isn’t even a trailer at all, but the first thing they’ll see when they dive into the single player campaign on Halo 5: Guardians release day.

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The video begins with a briefing on a UNSC drop ship. The leader of Fire Team Osiris, Spartan Jameson Locke appears in front of the camera with his helmet off. So is the rest of his team, which consists of Olympia Vale, Holly Tanaka and Edward Buck. Vale and Tanaka are new, but Buck was featured in a previous game, Halo 3: ODST. It appears he’s left his old team of hell jumpers behind for the mechanized armor and dangerous missions that only being a Spartan can provide.

As the ship is soaring through a planet’s atmosphere, Fire Team Osiris gets a mission briefing. They’re tasked with snatching Doctor Catherine Halsey from the Covenant enemy and bringing her back to the UNSC Infinity for debriefing. Allegedly, Halsey has information that could be very useful to the on-going war between humanity, Covenant and Prometheans.

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The need to get whatever information Halsey has is made my important by the mysterious destruction of multiple human colonies. The entire team suits up, and leaps out of the drop ship, using the jets built into their Spartan suits to maneuver through the crowds and around a waiting battle force of thousands of aliens and dozens of ships floating just above the planet’s surface. The entire team lands on the planet’s surface with a smooth tuck and roll.

As they continue sliding down what appears to be a huge mountain, Fire Team Osiris begins taking out any alien thing that moves. The takes downs go a bit farther than just weapons contact, 343 Industries added a new ability in Halo 5: Guardians that lets players use their suit’s jets to hit the ground hard and knock out enemies around them. This move is called ground pound and a member of Fire Team Osiris uses it effortlessly. It’s at this point that a piece of a ship slams into the mountainside behind the entire team, creating a huge avalanche that they have to avoid at all costs.

All told, the three-minute set-up video provides what could likely be the only details we’re allowed before Halo 5: Guardians release date on October 27th. It doesn’t reveal too much about the overall game, but does set up the story nicely. It’s also a pretty good show piece for the games’ cinematics, though many would argue users shouldn’t expect the gameplay itself to look as visually stunning as what’s in the trailer.

Read: Which Halo 5 Guardians Edition Should You Buy?

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He’s not shown in the opening cinematic, but John 117 will have a huge role in Halo 5: Guardians just like he has every other game in the Halo franchise. He has a team of his own: Blue Team. We already knew that the story would involve the two teams having to go head-to-head. This cinematic reveals that somehow Halsey is involved. She was the chief scientists in charge of the original Spartan program and John 117s augmentation.

Microsoft is already taking pre-orders for Halo 5: Guardians in its Xbox Store for as little as $60. Amazon has pre-orders available for physical copies of the game and the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition Xbox One bundle.