With a major tease barely a week behind us and less than a month to go until Halo Infinite's big showcase as part of Microsoft's Xbox 20/20 stream for July, a newly revealed collection of Halo toy may have just given away a big plot point. Consider this your warning for potential spoilers: if you have not completed Halo 5: Guardians or do not want to risk being spoiled for Halo Infinite, turn back now.
First, for context, late last month 343 Industries posted an audio teaser that seems to confirm a popular fan theory that also began with an early look at some Mega Construx building toys. The in-universe message 343 released came from the Banished, a splinter faction of the Covenant that served as the main antagonists in Halo Wars 2. It looks like the Banished will be one of, if not the primary enemy force in Halo Infinite. A picture from April of a Banished Hunter in a Mega Construx set seems to back this up, and new images of other Mega Construx sets show more Covenant units and vehicles in the Banished's red-and-black color scheme.
Upon closer inspection, though, one of the Covenant figurines may also give away the fate of a major character from Halo 5: Guardians. As spotted by eagle-eyed Halo fans (via GamesRadar) in pictures that have since been removed from Mega Construx's website, you can see a Brute character wearing what appears to be Spartan Jameson Locke's helmet as a reclaimed shoulder pauldron.
Properly introduced in the live-action series Halo: Nightfall, Locke was portrayed by Mike Colter and later voiced by Ike Amadi in Halo 5: Guardians. As the leader of Fireteam Osiris, Locke was Halo 5's other major playable character besides Master Chief, and the story of the game saw Osiris chasing the Chief and the members of the Spartan Blue Team until the rise of the threat posed by Cortana and the Created.
So far, nothing we've seen of Halo Infinite has suggested that Locke or Osiris team will play a major role in its story—the switching between the two Spartan teams is an oft-criticized element of Halo 5's campaign—but it's certainly possible that they could play a role. With the E3 2019 trailer (said to be the very beginning of Infinite's campaign) showing the aftermath of a massive UNSC defeat at a shattered Halo ring, it's quite possible that a high-ranking Banished warrior could have taken Locke out.
Given that this is a tiny toy, it's still too early to draw conclusions about Halo Infinite's plot. The Banished seem to be involved, yes, but this glimpse of a helmet that looks like Locke's could be a bit of artistic license or even just a reuse of the same design (Locke's armor wasn't wholly custom, mind).
The months of scrutinizing building toys and Nerf guns for Halo Infinite details should be coming to an end soon. Microsoft has yet to confirm when the Xbox 20/20 event for this month will be held, but sources tell Videogameschronicle that it's scheduled for July 23.