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Halo 5: Guardians is slated for release on October 27 2015. To keep the hype train rolling, the tidbits keep coming.

Previously we’ve had the dramatised journalistic ramblings of hunt the truth, and we’ve had those dramatic two-sided TV commercials; this time, it’s some new artwork. Specifically, according to the press release, it’s “Crucial key artwork.” Crucial and key? Sounds jolly important! So, just what have they sent us?

Well, first we’ve got a mean and moody shot of all-around great guy and repeat universe-saver Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 – or the “Master Chief” to you or I – facing off against UNSC Naval Intelligence Agent Jameson Locke, the first confirmed playable character of Halo 5: Guardians, and key Master Chief-doubter. It’s in portrait orientation, so it’s seems likely they’re teasing the pack shot for Halo 5: Guardians when it is released exclusively on Xbox One on October 27 2015. And here it is:

Halo 5: Guardians pack shot teaser

And then we’ve got this landscape shot, which is ostensibly the same as the above image, and is most likely a poster. It also includes a few mystery SPARTAN super-soldiers overlaid on the Chief and Locke, perhaps suggesting that they’ll each have teams facing off against one another in the deadly feud that has been alluded to in the Halo 5: Guardians TV commercials:

Halo 5: Guardians poster teaser

Anything else of note? These Halo 5: Guardians images are freaking huge, for one thing! We’ve trimmed them down for the sake of loading times, but they were six thousand pixels on their shortest edge and nearly 10MB a piece, which is abnormal for regular press shots; this lends weight to the theory they might be basing pack art or posters on them. Oh, and there’s a giant monster in the background, looming over a ruined city, that looks uncannily like Ultima Weapon from Final Fantasy VII

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