“Halo 4” introduced an entire new race of enemies for Master Chief to battle, the Prometheans. An interview with 343 Industries released Monday confirms that “Halo 5: Guardians” for the Xbox One will see their return.
Warning: This article will discuss characters and events that happened in “Halo 4” and the Spartan Ops missions. If you are concerned about spoilers, please do not continue.
"We decided to do a little bit more detail on the Forerunners," 343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross told Eurogamer. "We wanted to bring a new enemy class into ‘Halo,’ so we spent a lot more time mapping out exactly what that culture. It does play a big role in ‘Halo 5’ and beyond.
In the “Halo” universe, the Prometheans are the warrior class of the Forerunners who built the Halo rings as well as the Shield World Requiem seen in “Halo 4.” The losses to the Flood resulted in the construction of Requiem and converting Promethean soldiers into the machine-based warriors in last game.
At the end of “Halo 4,” the Didact was defeated and fell through what looked like a slipspace portal. He’s not confirmed dead but the question of how the Prometheans might return is possibly thornier.
In the final Spartan Ops episode, Requiem was destroyed presumably along with all of the remaining Promethean Knights and other classes. It’s unknown how or if they will return but there are still other Forerunner installations scattered across the galaxy including the Lesser Ark.
In the “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” trailer, the Arbiter speaks with Agent Locke about something that is a threat to everyone. Could this be the return of the Didact and the Forerunners or does it involve the Elite leader Jul M’dama who was last seen escaping with a Covenant splinter group and Doctor Halsey.
“Halo 5: Guardians” will not be released to the Xbox One until fall 2015. “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” will hit the console first in November and include a prologue and epilogue that will help lead into the sequel along with the live-action “Halo: Nightfall” that will be used to introduce Agent Locke.