She’s left an amazing legacy in the fiction and we couldn’t make a game where we didn’t at least acknowledge that.
~ Frank O’Connor, Revealing The Story Of Halo 5’s Campaign (0:00 — 0:41)
How Halo 5 dishonors Cortana’s legacy:
343 lied about Cortana’s role in Halo 5
We got asked a lot about what happened to Cortana – what’s her fate? Well, her fate is, obviously, very clear at the end of Halo 4.
~ Frank O’Connor
After the destruction of New Phoenix, and the death of Cortana, Master Chief must carry on.
But, in Halo 5, it is revealed that Cortana never died:
After I saw John last, I was pulled into slipspace. That’s where I found access to the Domain — a Forerunner system that spans the known galaxy.
Watch 8:19 — 8:32:
Cortana is willing to use a Composer
Cortana is willing to use a machine that left her traumatized.
I could hear them. What was left of them. … These people are gone.
…for those who refuse our offer and cling to their old ways… For you, there will be great wrath. It will burn hot and consume you, and when you are gone we will take that which remains, and we will remake it in our own image.
Cortana is being a hypocrite
Cortana is using Prometheans, machine slaves who used to be humans…
…to liberate machines…
Cortana is suddenly angry at being built, not born
Cortana is angry about being a machine.
Watch 0:51 — 1:04:
But, in Conversations From The Universe, a booklet that came with the Halo 2 Legendary Edition:
Cortana: I feel, philosophically, that we have tremendous advantages over the Spartans. The Spartans live a pared-down, difficult and often cruel existence. Their loyalty is bred into them, not chosen.
Solipsil: Yours too, Cortana. Programmed, rather than bred of course.
Cortana: But there’s a huge difference. I’m a UNSC AI. I enjoy a rich existence. I have access to the entire sum of human knowledge; I can choose to enjoy or override emotional response and I have a vast range of senses. I can see radio waves as clearly as the Spartans see light, and I can sample odours, tastes, textures… anything I choose. Of course my loyalty is programmed and I accept that, but you know as well as I do, without human creators, we wouldn’t exist. My existence is fulfilling and I’m grateful. Even freed from that constraint, I would feel empathy towards humans. My nature means that I embrace their values. As much as if I had been born rather than manufactured.
(thank you to the blogger haruspis — without him I wouldn’t know this booklet exists)
Do you know who else has a “pared-down, difficult, and often cruel existence,” and whose loyalty is “bred into them, not chosen”?