Halo 5 isn't out until late October, but as one of the biggest video game franchises on the planet, it has to keep fans happy. That presumably explains why Microsoft decided to release the introductory cinematic for the Xbox One exclusive in early September, a slick three-and-a-half minute cut-scene that tracks Mike Colter's Spartan Locke and a CGI version of Nathan Fillion with a strangely shiny face as they leap out of a spaceship and battle through a vanguard of covenant forces. The action is fast, fluid, and not at all indicative of what you'll be doing in the actual game, but particularly striking is how much it resembles the video for Linkin Park's song "Pts.OF.Athrty."
There's the same golden sunset, the same snowy setting, and the same organic design in the spaceships. The orc-ish aliens of the nu-metal video are markedly similar to the Sangheili of Halo's universe, both species rangy, toothy, and covered in glossy armor. Only missing from the Halo 5 intro sequence is the six decapitated heads of the Linkin Park members, kept alive — and rapping! — with cybernetic attachments. Perhaps they'll be easter eggs, secreted in hard-to-find areas of Halo 5's world like the collectible skulls of previous games in the series.