Halo 5 Guardians: Agent Locke Will Contextualise The Universe In A Way Cortana Couldn’t

“Locke is going to help solidify and contextualise the stakes.”

Posted By | On 01st, Mar. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @@Martintoney2012

Cortana is having "issues"

Given the amount of controversy that still circles around The Master Chief Collection and its utter flop of a launch, that has yet to be fully rectified, 343’s Frank O’Connor has recently thrown out some bold statements regarding Agent Locke’s narrative importance. Cortana, being the core upon which the Master Chiefs characterization is constructed, was and still is a favoured character amongst fans that brought depth and humanity to the Chief, despite being an AI herself.

O’Connor has said that Locke will give us a look at the Chief in a way that Cortana couldn’t. Speaking about Locke’s importance in the game and where Chief stands in the conflict. “I would say definitely not – that it goes back to your last question about how you humanise the Chief. We don’t want to do that; we want the Chief to be in some ways above the fray – he’s literally a legend in the universe he inhabits. Locke lets us humanise the boots on the ground without messing with the Chief – the irony is that Locke is going to do some of the heavy lifting for people’s need for better storytelling and characterisation without altering the Chief,” he said to GamesRadar.

He goes on to say, “The Chief is the core hero in the story, without a doubt. Forget how long you play as each character or whatever – it’s really about contextualising the Chief. As much as Locke’s an important character in the universe himself, he’s also going to be a useful cipher for you to explore Master Chief’s character from an outside perspective.”

Whereas Cortana delivered us the larger scope of the war by filling us about key moments in the history of the Halo universe, she was so close to the main event that there was no room to allow her to elaborate on the ongoing events across the conflict at large. Speaking about this, O’Connor said, “Locke is going to help contextualise the universe in a way that Cortana necessarily couldn’t. She was so close to the Chief and had the big picture historically, but she didn’t necessarily have the big picture of what was going on elsewhere in Earth’s conflict. Locke is going to help solidify and contextualise the stakes, as well as the legend of the Master Chief.”

Take from this, what you will. Personally, I’m concerned with the fact that he said “Forget how long you play as each character or whatever”. This makes me think that the Chiefs playtime may be cut short or that there may be a Halo 2 scenario going on here.

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  • I wouldn’t mind it being another Halo 2 experience if it broadens the universe and ups the stakes tremendously…

    • d0x360

      I dont think the comment meant anything about length of play time for each character. What he was saying is it makes no difference to the story how long you play as one or the other as the whole point of Locke is to flesh out the chief and give players another side of the story. Trying to answer who the Spartans were from someone who isn’t a spartan. Humanity saw them as a mysterious force with no history. They saw them as living tanks, tools, weapons… Not people.


    Since they have resurfaced; 343i should have used Kelly, Linda & Fred to serve this purpose. They were in action while 117 was in stasis. There was no need to create Locke. The other 3 would have been more welcomed by fans of the Haloverse. They also could have told a few stories of the early Spartan 2 program. Cut scenes of their early training on Reach would have been so sweet, to see.

    • ProjektGX

      That would have been awesome! 343i could still add them to the game as more side characters, but i can see why it probably was easier to create a new character instead of pulling in characters from the books.

    • d0x360

      You are missing the point. Locke was outside the spartan universe. He’s already human where as the Spartans were treated as machines, tools. They were dehumanized as children so other Spartans can’t give you an outside perspective of master chief. It wouldn’t work the same way. Locke and humanity see Spartans as a mystery, some secret force with no background. Its a totally different perspective.

    • Just_Some_Guy

      I’m really hoping that kelly linda and fred get some actual screen time this time around, but at the same time I agree that an outside perspective is the best. Even just looking at Forward Unto Dawn, it’s clear that looking from perspective can be used to great effect.

  • jamie welc

    Master chief approves

  • Mark

    For me, Agent Locke is a very exciting change to the story. Sometimes, the only way to admire a Legend, is to watch him from the distance, or hear about him. This is a beautiful change to me. Refreshing. I look forward to this. Feels sorta needed to me.


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