[18] Cortana's name is a variant of Curtana, the sword used by the legendary Ogier the Dane, just as the titular AI character of Bungie's previous game Marathon 2: Durandal is named after the legendary sword Durendal. [47] Microsoft released a beta for Cortana in April 2014 with the developer release of Windows Phone 8.1. [30][31] Taylor was a college acquaintance of Joseph Staten, and he recommended her as a possible voice for Cortana to audio director Martin O'Donnell. [16] Said story writer Joseph Staten, "we needed a character who could consistently guide the player through the game, and an onboard AI was something that could always credibly accompany [them]." [31], Bungie introduced the Halo series publicly in 1999 by sending the Cortana Letters, a series of cryptic email messages, to the maintainer of marathon.bungie.org, a fan site for one of Bungie's previous series, the Marathon Trilogy. Cortana defends the ship from the Covenant until she is given to the supersoldier Master Chief to prevent her from falling into enemy hands. They only knew each other for a short amount of time, less than 4 months by the time of Halo 3. The character was modeled and animated using motion capture and talent at 343 Industries and Axis Animation. For Halo 4, Taylor performed her lines in the same room as Steve Downes, the voice of Master Chief, for the first time in the series. Chief and Cortana are successful, but become stranded in deep space aboard the human ship Forward Unto Dawn. Master Chief reunites with “Good” Cortana and, with the help of Mendicant, rebels, and UNSC forces, they take out the Gravemind. [25] The character's motion capture was performed by Mackenzie Mason. FUN FACT: Cortana is also the name of a video game character in Microsoft’s popular Halo gaming franchise. It takes place during Halo 4's campaign and is canon-compliant. Two edges of the same sword, they compound the functionality of each other. The strategic use of cryptic messages in a publicity campaign was repeated in I Love Bees, a promotion for Halo 2. Master chief has cortana who stays in his head in a chip like form, doom guy near the end of the game has Vega (an A.I) go into a capsule button like form and attaches it to him (for a short time) Game developer Bungie first introduced Cortana—and Halo—through the Cortana Letters, emails sent during Combat Evolved's production in 1999. So, in your spare time you can actually talk to Cortana and below I am sharing 350+ funny Cortana questions and commands to make your conversation with this Windows Virtual Personal Assistant more interesting. He holds onto her and depends on her like a child does their mother when they're in trouble or when they're scared or anything, really. John and Cortana bonded over the test of AI integration with Mark V armor. Cortana helps direct human survivors scattered across the ring and assists the Master Chief in his missions. Cortana activates a distress beacon, but she knows that years could pass before rescue comes. Cortana is said to resemble Halsey, with a similar attitude "unchecked by military and social protocol". For more Easter eggs, ask Cortana to tell you about various elements of … IGN called Halo 4 "really Cortana's story", as saving the galaxy is of lesser importance to the Master Chief than saving Cortana, and Cortana's humanity is ultimately the game's focus. The fragment was successfully reunited with Cortana's main self on Pillar of Autumn before the ship escapes the planet, leading to the events of Combat Evolved. They only had a few months together, not counting the time he spent in cryo-sleep. She'd be very regal, very “powerful high queen." [10], At the beginning of Halo 4 Cortana wakes the Chief as Forward Unto Dawn drifts towards a Forerunner installation called Requiem. I hope that's something we see him deal with in the next game. : 25 of Gaming's Greatest Sidekicks", "The 50 Greatest Female Characters in Video Game History", "Top 50 Hottest Game Babes on Trial: #36. Even though he will have to defeat her at some point, there's no doubt he's going to hate it. Chief's actions and reactions to Cortana's rampancy and his personal quest to save her after she finally goes completely nuts really gave Chief's character some new facets that nobody had really seen before. Cortana's survival is revealed in Halo 5, when she calls Master Chief and his fellow Spartans of Blue Team to the Forerunner world Genesis. Cortana makes a small appearance in the last levels of 2010's Halo: Reach, set shortly before the events of Combat Evolved on the planet Reach. [67] The Daily Telegraph's Tom Hoggins agreed, calling Cortana "the flickering blue heart of the game's plot", and Hoggins and reviewers for The Globe and Mail and Eurogamer singled out the character's writing and performance as high points of the game's campaign. "[73] Similarly, Patrick Dane of Bleeding Cool defended the game's divisive campaign and Cortana's turn to antagonist as an "inspired choice", driving a wedge between the most important character relationship in the games. [27], For Halo 5, Cortana's appearance changes significantly. Cortana was created using a flash cloned copy of Dr. Catherine Halsey's brain. Examples include things like his hands shaking, and his actions definitely show that he's extremely affected by her rampancy. Is it because they didn't know that the Gravemind would Slipspace High Charity to the Ark? But then the Gravemind doesn't kill Master Chief when he could have easily close up one of his bio-tunnels. Microsoft also released Cortana virtual assistant on the Xbox One, Windows 10,[47][48][49] iOS, and Android platforms. ", "Microsoft unveils Halo's Cortana as Siri-style Windows Phone digital assistant", "This is Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Siri", "Microsoft unveils Cortana for Windows 10", "Cortana: Now available where and when you need her, no matter what smartphone you choose", "Thanks Buddy! [71] Complex's review praised the use of motion capture for Cortana, as they were given "new life" and new depth from the technology and performance. When he first received her on Reach he viewed her as "a weapon to destroy the Covenant"...and then John saw Reach (the closest thing the Spartan-IIs have a home) fall, fought his way across a galaxy destroying superweapon against an alien hegemony and horrifying parasite. Humanity is locked in a losing war with the alien Covenant. She assists in the battle against the Didact, a rogue Forerunner who hates humans. And in a large sense, Cortana is an extension of him, I believe. "[65] While Cortana's role was greatly expanded in the game, Stuff.co.nz noted that the character "has inexplicably had a sexy makeover". He didn't have the same closeness with Johnson, who he still respected, and Miranda was a superior officer. Furthermore, Mendicant may or may not know of a cure for the Flood. And when she died, she was one of the few non-Spartans he truly mourned for. They went through so much in such a short span of time (in the first three games) together. During gameplay, Cortana provides backstory and tactical information to the player, who often assumes the role of Master Chief Petty Officer John-117. "They wanted her to be like the girl next door, your best friend that you want to hang out with," she said. As others have explained they were friends. Her course leads Autumn to the massive ringworld Halo, built by a mysterious race known as the Forerunners. The Gravemind sends Chief and Cortana to the Covenant city-ship of High Charity to stop the Covenant from activating Halo; Cortana infiltrates High Charity's computer systems to assist Chief, ultimately staying behind to destroy the city and Halo should Master Chief fail in his mission to stop the Covenant leadership. Cortana is a fictional artificially intelligent character in the Halo video game series. What Cortana is talking about in Halo 3 is the scene in The Fall of Reach where she is selecting "her" Spartan for Operation: RED FLAG, which she was made for, the Pillar of Autumn retrofitted for (and being stationed at Reach for), and why the Master Chief was on the Autumn for (you think they just keep spartans around for nothin'? In the video games, Cortana often serves as an advisor and assistant to the player character, hacking alien computer systems and decoding transmissions. As a child, John had brown hair, freckles, and a small gap between his front teeth. [45] IGN noted that Cortana toys are lacking among Halo's merchandising. [46] Jen Taylor provides the voice for the virtual assistant. He attended the Elysium City Primary Education Facility Number 119. [74] Conversely, Matt Peckham felt that the plot twist of Cortana's actions "feels strangely underwhelming",[75] while Ars Technica and Kotaku considered Cortana's return, and her plans to use alien technology to remake the galaxy, unbelievable and unearned. I think John became close with Cortana as she is an AI clone of Halsey, who he sees as his mother. That's bound to drive people (or supersoldiers and human-like machines) together. [39] In an interview, McLees noted that the first action figure was supposed to convey an older appearance than was depicted in the games. [46] Deborah Harrison, one of Cortana's 'personality designers', met with 343 Industries and added more confidence to the personality. [51][52][53] Tom's Hardware named the character one of the 50 greatest female characters for the character's determination and fearlessness, which meshed perfectly with the game's protagonist. Tell Cortana to turn off Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and she'll do it... if supported. Here they are together: And Cortana is to. [11], In Halo 3, Cortana appears to the player in broken transmissions. Cortana is a virtual assistant developed by Microsoft, which uses the Bing search engine to perform tasks such as setting reminders and answering questions for the user.. Cortana is currently available in English, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese language editions, depending on the software platform and region in which it is used. Despite her role in voicing other video game characters, including Princess Peach, she is not a gamer. [60] Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian argues that Cortana had gotten "more and more sexualized in every new installment";[61] 1UP.com noted that as Cortana's sanity waned in the video games, her clothing appeared to decrease as well. Cortana was always there for Master Chief in the Halo games, and now she’s always there for you on your phone, but only if you want her to be. Why did Master Chief leave Cortana on High Charity? Cortana assists Master Chief in destroying the ring and escaping. "[24] Cortana's new appearance for Halo 4 was one of the game's most dramatic changes. Cortana's first game appearance is in 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved. Cortana, Chief and human forces travel to another Halo ring, Delta Halo, where Master Chief and Cortana encounter the Flood intelligence Gravemind. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. I think Chief sees Cortana as not just a close friend and battle partner, but in a sense, a mother figure. Voiced by Jen Taylor, she appears in Halo: Combat Evolved and its sequels, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, and Halo 5: Guardians. [13] Cortana also appears in the novelization of Combat Evolved, Halo: The Flood, and the following novels Halo: First Strike and Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, as well as the animated series Halo Legends and live-action television series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. After receiving those gruelling augmentations, Master Chief spent some of his recovery time on board the UNSC Atlas in… [2] When the Covenant attack and overwhelm the human planet Reach, Cortana plots a course for the human ship Pillar of Autumn derived on coordinates found in an ancient alien artifact. Cortana (voiced by Jen Taylor) is an Artificial Intelligence construct created by Dr. Catherine Halsey (The creator of the Spartan-IIs).She is the Master Chief's companion throughout most of the Halo series. [50], Cortana is one of Halo's most beloved characters,[15] and has appeared in numerous lists of video game's best sidekicks. Inserted into Halo's Control Room, Cortana looks for a way to use Halo as a weapon against the Covenant, but realizes that the ring serves as a prison for the parasitic Flood; activating Halo would mean destroying all sentient life in the galaxy to prevent the Flood's spread. Cortana helps the Master Chief to survive the near-lethal exercises designed to test the Chief's armor. 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But in … [19] Franchise development coordinator Frank O'Connor commented that Cortana is not nude, as a digital representation has no clothes or privates. [26] Art director Kenneth Scott was responsible for Cortana's final design. [40] The character is also featured in the first series of Halo 3 action figures, distributed by McFarlane Toys,[41][42] Funko vinyl figurines,[43][44] and in a limited-edition silver-plated statue by Weta Workshop. [5]:218 Cortana is described as having a sardonic sense of humor[9] and often cracks jokes or wryly comments, even during combat. 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[31] Starting with Halo 3, Taylor felt the role involved more drama and less jargon,[34] and over time, her relationship with the character changed. /r/HaloStory is a place for people to go to discuss the story and lore of Microsoft's hit sci-fi franchise -- Halo. She's as important to him as Blue Team and Halsey. Her course leads Autumn to the massive ringworld Halo, built by a mysterious race known as the Forerunners. DISCOVERED: A tiny Master Chief in your Xbox One S (Image: IFIXIT) This strange Cortana news also comes after it was discovered last week that the new Xbox One S is hiding a small Master Chief logo INSIDE the new Xbox consoles. I also understand that they've been together for a lot of Chief's career but I don't see why he'd react the ways he did. Cookies help us deliver our Services. As Master Chief prepares to go into cryonic sleep to await rescue, Cortana confides to him that she will miss him. I'd say he looked at her as family as much as Blue Team is. 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