Fresh details have been released about Halo 5: Guardians, including the name of the mysterious "Mirror Chief" and how both Ridley Scott's digital series and Steven Spielberg's project will link into the upcoming game.
Speaking to Eurogamer, 343 Industries boss Bonnie Ross explained that the Spartan character revealed in the game's announcement art is called Agent Locke, and the Scott-produced series will tell his origin story.
The aim, according to Ross, is to give fans a handle on Locke "so when you end up with Halo 5: Guardians you have an idea of the background of this new character". Fans of Master Chief needn't worry however, as the iconic Spartan will remain the star of both the show and the upcoming game. Speaking about the journey he's about to go on in Halo 5, Ross explained you'll be going deeper inside his head than ever before.
"He is human, he's always been human, but at the end of Halo 4 he really is reflecting on who he is and why he exists," Ross said. "That was very deliberate because the story we want to tell on Xbox One really is an important part and the main part of his hero's journey. It's more about what he's searching for versus what the UNSC is asking him to do.
"[Halo 5 is] a continuation of Master Chief's story."
As for the Spielberg project, its story will take place concurrently with the events of the game. While Scott's digital series will releasealongside the Master Chief Collection this November, Spielberg's live-action show should arrive in autumn 2015 at a similar time to Halo 5. Though Ross avoided getting too specific, her hints seem to suggest the projects will be inextricably linked in multiple ways.
"Halo 5 is a lot about his future, but as you'll see through all of the linear pieces we've woven through, his past is key to his future," she added, cryptically.