Looks like a leaked live action photo has surfaced on reddit /r/Halo. Speculations have been made that this photo is either for a live action commercial for Halo 5: Guardians or for Stephen Speilberg’s Halo Television series.
The source of the image won’t be mentioned as it was promptly removed from the social media platform.
The photo depicts Master Chief laying at a base of a burned and scarred memorial, while Agent Locke approaches without his helmet. You can also see a camera crew personnel in the background on the right. The memorial reads “Duty and Honor Above All”, there are speculations this could be the same memorial seen at the end of Halo 3, but the Voi Memorial is made out of UNSC Pelican wing where as this new image clearly depicts a stone memorial. The pelican wing memorial could have easily been replaced by a more permanent memorial item since the events of Halo 3.
Another theory is that this image could be for a commercial that may function like the Halo 4 Scanned commercial, which was live action, gave us hints of Halo 4’s story direction, but not actually be canon in game.
Update: Microsoft has issued the following statement since the photo surfaced
“Xbox and Halo have a tradition of creating rich, narrative events to entertain and delight fans, including award-winning campaigns such as Starry Night, Believe, Remember Reach and more. We have no details to share at this time but look forward to exciting and surprising fans later this year as work continues on Halo 5: Guardians.”
At New York Toy Fair 2015 MEGA Bloks, Kotobukiya, McFarlane Toys, and BOOMco unveiled some of their new toys coming this fall 2015. Many of these are inspired by Halo 5 and according to James Monosmith, Marketing Manager for Halo Consumer Products at 343 Industries, “…some of the MEGA Bloks toys feature sneak peeks into the plot of Halo 5: Guardians.”
New line of Halo 5: Guardians Mega Bloks sets revealed at New York Toy Fair 2015. The line features:
Promethean Phaeton Gunship
UNSC Gauss Warthog, with the black and yellow look from Halo: CE rocket hog for the PC.
UNSC Scorpion Tank
According to James Monosmith, Marketing Manager for Halo Consumer Products at 343 Industries “…some of the Mega Bloks toys feature sneak peeks into the plot of Halo 5: Guardians.”
Here are the other toys shown off, featuring BOOMco nerf Halo weapons, McFarlane Halo 5: Guardians 10 inch Master Chief and Agent Locke figures, and more!
The entire 6 episode series of “The Sprint”, previously only available on the Halo Channel Xbox One App, is now available on YouTube.
343 Industries presents an unprecedented and exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the development of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. The Sprint lets viewers step into the lives and meeting rooms of the team that makes Halo 5: Guardians happen
343 Industries announced that Certain Affinity has begun development on the multiplayer map Relic for Halo 2 Anniversary. Along with this announcement they release concept art for the remastered map. Relic will be the 7th remastered map for Halo 2 Anniversary and is set to arrive “Spring 2015” and will be free for all players.
In the same community update 343 Industries announced that the Content Update Beta for Halo: The Master Chief Collection (which was only open for Xbox One Preview Members) has been cancelled. The beta would have delayed the public release of the content update and now testing will be done internally.
343 Industries released detail stats from the Halo 5 Beta and a list of post-beta changes and improvements to Halo 5’s Spartan Abilities, Sprint, Weapons, Presentation, CSR, and Matchmaking
SPARTAN ABILITIES AND MOBILITY
The results from the HCFP surveys showed that nearly 11% of HCFP participants felt that Halo should not have sprint. 77% of participants agreed/strongly agreed that Halo should have sprint.
Toggle Sprint and Spartan Abilities on/off in custom games
Increase base speed (faster base movement)
Increase strafe acceleration (faster, more responsive strafing)
Reduce top sprint speed (narrow the delta between base movement and sprint)
Modify Ground Pound controls to prevent conflicts w/ crouch jumping
General tuning & bug fixes for all Spartan Abilities (Thrusters, Clamber, Ground Pound, etc.)
The Hydra will be buffed to make it more effective out of zoom and ensure that it feels like a true power weapon.
Sniper Rifle: improve scope experience to making it less “clunky” and faster to scope
DMR: adjust position of the scope to improve visibility
Bring back the SPNKr Rocket Launcher as a legendary version of the weapon
Reduce bonuses for automatic weapons in Smart-Link & w/ headshots
Remove grenade detonation in mid-air based on weapon fire
Ability to turn on/off vibration feedback for weapons
General tuning and bug fixing for all weapons
The intro and a victory sequences will feature considerably fewer chest bumps and high fives.
Post-death replay: this will become an opt-in feature. After death, players will see a traditional follow-cam and have the option to view a replay of their death from the killer’s perspective (as long as the feature is enabled within the playlist)
Medals: decrease frequency and number of medals displayed in the medal feed
Spartan chatter: players will have the option to turn this on or off in the settings menu
Adding highlights to placed/dropped weapons to make them easier to see
General tuning for announcer and Spartan chatter to reduce the frequency of events and focus on the information that matters most to players
COMPETITIVE SKILL RANK (CSR)
Improved skill detection during placement phase
Improved skill matching
Improved team balancing
Prevent skill boosting
General bug fixing & tuning
Much faster matches
Better skill matching
Better feedback to players in the lobby and matchmaking experiences
Allow players to set desired datacenter for matchmaking (may impact matchmaking speed and skill balance)
Improved party vs party matchmaking
Hide CSR ranks until in match to de-incentivize quitting
Punish quitters with CSR penalties and matchmaking bans