According to an article on Gamesradar.com, blogger site AGB spotted the listing in the Microsoft Online Store for the next gen Halo game. The listing with a product description, having since been pulled down read as follows:
“In possession of a mysterious data chip, Petty Officer John-117, aka Master Chief, confronts a new battery of challenges and tests in a Herculean effort to stay alive in a galaxy where sentient life is mercilessly hunted.”
Is the mysterious data chip reffered to above what we see the Chief holding in the E3 2013 teaser trailer for the next gen Halo game? Which in all likely hood is a chip to hold Cortana, which gets inserted into the back of Master Chief s helmet.
If you've been up to date with the Halo: Infinity short CG films, provided through the first season of Spartan Ops. Then you may remember in episode 9 titled “The Key”, where the Librarian hands Dr. Catherine Halsey- creator of Cortana, Master Chief's AI companion, and of the Spartan Program including Spartan-117 aka The Master Chief, the two halves of a key.
The key when in its whole form, and not in halves, will project a map indicating all locations of Forerunner technology. Think along the lines of an arms race, but instead of years of research, and study in a particular field of science. Everyone is literally, and in real time, racing to get to the superior tech first.
Could this key from the Spartan Ops episodes be the mysterious data chip spoken of? If so, how does it end up in the hands of Petty Officer John-117 aka the Master Chief? Last we saw, one halve was in covenant possession, while the other halve was left in a laboratory aboard the U.N.S.C. INFINITY. Under the carefull watch of Dr. Glassman in an unknown quadrant of the universe.
If you remember the U.N.S.C. INFINITY had to perform an emergency jump (travel through a tear in space/time) to escape from being pulled along with the forerunner world Requiem into a nearby sun. As we have seen from several emergency jumps executed through out the Halo lore. They can be extremely unpredictable, and reliable only in that you will almost certainly find yourself in the midst of some alien conspiracy involving the decimation of life as we know it, in the universe.
Maybe Season 2 of Spartan Ops will fill in some of the gaps? Confirming, or debunking the association of the Key from the Spartan Ops Episodes, and the mysterios data chip mentioned in the product description that was pulled from Microsoft's Online store for the next gen Halo game. If the product description has any validity, of course. By the way I'm not confirming a season 2 for Spartan Ops. Although one would be appreciated.
I've provided a link to the Halo Waypoint site if you want to catch up on the Spartan Ops Episodes you might of missed; or maybe you you just want a refresher?
On a side note. While source searching for this article I happen upon this fascinating YouTube video. Where the user goes into why he believes Cortana may be returning. Not only does he believe Cotatana will be returning, but that she will indeed become human. Take a look.