To mark the UK launch of Halo 5: Guardians, the game’s star, Master Chief, has decided to make his presence known in London.
A series of explosions were seen and heard close to the O2 Music Arena in London and photos released by Microsoft show Master Chief and a new character in the series, Spartan Locke, in pursuit of him (actually, Spartan Locke looks like a bit of a spare part in the above image, but we’re sure the chase is on). Neither of them look especially bothered by the explosions, of course; they’re much too cool for that.
Celebrations are continuing tonight as the game’s London launch event will see fans come together at the Camden Roundhouse for a two and a half hour livestream of the game. The livestream will feature a tournament between the UK’s biggest gaming YouTube stars and fans; a live in-game walk-through from the game’s developers; as well as giveaways, special guest appearances, and more. If you want to be part of this you can tune into the event live from 7.30pm here.
This event will hopefully tide UK fans over until “Halo 5: Live,” a six-hour live broadcast, starting at 10pm GMT, that will connect millions of viewers around the world, allowing them to watch, comment and virtually participate in multiple launch celebrations held in key international cities. The six-hour broadcast will feature exclusive gameplay reveals, celebrity appearances and live interviews with the 343 Industries development team. You can find out more about the event here.
It all seems like an awful lot of fanfare, but considering The Halo franchise is worth $4.5 billion in worldwide sales and has sold more than 65 million copies to date, it’s safe to say the newest game is kind of a big deal.
An Xbox exclusive, Halo 5: Guardians will be released worldwide on October 27th.
Main Image via Microsoft