2014 is going to prove to be a big year for Microsoft’s signature Xbox video game franchise Halo. Not only is the company releasing Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a bundle of the original game, its remastered 2004 sequel, 2007’s Halo 3, and 2012’s Halo 4 on Xbox One, but they’re also giving fans a hands-on look at the next game with the Halo 5: Guardians beta, as well as the premiere of a new live-action Halo series: Nightfall. The series just got its very first trailer, which you can check out below.
Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall follows the origin story of legendary manhunter Jameson Locke (actor Mike Colter) and his team as they are caught in a horrific terrorist attack while investigating terrorist activity on the distant colony world of Sedra. Led by Locke, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) agents are forced to coordinate with a Sedran commander with a remarkable history and deep-rooted mistrust of ONI. As the plot unravels, they’re drawn to an ancient, hellish artifact where they’re forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives. Agent Locke is a new character in the Halo universe poised to play a major role in Halo 5: Guardians, releasing on Xbox One in 2015.
This will be the first thread of live-action Halo material that will also have narrative connections to the announced Halo TV series, being produced by Steven Spielberg. Although a feature-length Halo film had lingered in pre-production under the guiding hands of producer Peter Jackson and would-be director Neill Blomkamp, eventually those plans were abandoned. The franchise did ultimately make a live-action debut with the release of the webseries Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, which led up to the release of Halo 4 on Xbox 360 in late 2012. For more on Nightfall as it develops, be sure to keep your eye on GeekNation!
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