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Master Chief's death is the official story; Halo 5's latest trailer lays out the unofficial one

Spoiler alert: Chief ain't dead.

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

It's all a big coverup, you see? Halo 5: Guardians continues to lay out the backstory in its live-action TV campaign, filling in some of the details on the broad themes we already knew. Namely, that Spartan Locke is hunting down Master Chief in what will assuredly amount to a big misunderstanding. With rifles.

Halo 5: Guardians launches Oct. 27 on Xbox One (not coincidentally, Oct. 27, 2560 is the date of Chief's faux-death, per the teaser that aired a week ago.) That's another three-plus weeks, so if you're a Halo fan, face the long slog with this montage of melee strikes, and check out our hands-on previews of the singleplayer campaign and multiplayer.

Halo 5: Guardians melee montage

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