Microsoft's E3 conference this year was packed with stuff to see, from Keanu Reeves appearing on stage during the Cyberpunk 2077 showing to the newest trailer for Halo Infinite, and with all that stuff going on it's understandable that a hidden message in 343's trailer wasn't discovered until very recently.
The hidden message in question was uncovered by Twitter user Xepyal, who made a QR code out of the blocks on-screen when Master Chief gets booted up in the trailer below (at around 3:30). Turning them into a square then allowed Xepyal to extract audio, which can be heard here.
"This... this is part of me. I don't know why, I don't know how, but it is me," says a rather ethereal voice in the trailer, and the community is guessing that this is pointing to the return of Cortana.
As Halo fans will know, Cortana has been with Master Chief on a number of adventures, often as a voice in his head during his various death-defying missions. However, in the last game, things started to unravel for the self-conscious AI, who was clearly beginning to be seriously affected by rampancy (which is when AIs start getting really grumpy with their fleshy, limited creators).
Based on the recording linked above (and the other, more obvious tease in the trailer itself), Cortana is likely to feature prominently in Infinite, but the how and why remains unclear.
For now though this is all speculation, and we'll have to wait until the game releases as a launch title for Microsoft's next Xbox (Project Scarlett) to find out what this cryptic message ultimately means. That said, at least we know we're going to get gradually bigger betas up until launch, which should keep us entertained.
What might this message mean? Give us your best theories in the comments down below.
Thanks, PC Gamer.
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