The mystery Spartan that sits atop the “Halo 5: Guardians” key art as part of the Xbox One game’s announcement Friday created much speculation online. 343 Industries’ Frank O’Conner and Microsoft PR man Rob Semsey chimed in to definitively tell everyone who it is not but could the answer be more obvious than that?
Much of the first round of speculation suggested that the mystery Spartan might be Commander Sara Palmer due to the similar build and visor (though not exact). O’Conner slapped that thought down on NeoGAF with a post that simply states, “It’s not Palmer and it is not a girl.”
That’s pretty much a two-fer rumor killer there as other speculation suggested that the mystery Spartan might be Cortana brought back to life through some magic of science that would allow her to kick ass alongside Master Chief. Alas, it is not to be as Semsey confirmed on Twitter that “It’s not.”
So we can rule out Commander Sarah Palmer, Cortana and any other female character from the "Halo" universe. That still leaves a wide range of possibilities but let’s not forget that “Halo 4” introduced the concept of creating your own Spartan. It’s possible that the mystery Spartan is meant to represent your creation / avatar in “Halo 5: Guardians.”
That would be a bold move but there’s one detail on that mystery Spartan’s suit that throws that causes doubt on this conjecture as well. There’s an Oni symbol prominently displayed on the Spartan’s left chest plate.
How this all works and where Master Chief fits in is still all very much in the air. 343 Industries will slow roll information out over the next year before what will likely be a big blow out of information early in 2015 to hype the fall release of “Halo 5” to the Xbox One. However, the first significant chunk of information about the game will come during Microsoft’s E3 media briefing scheduled for June 9. That’s will probably create even more questions though.