Microsoft's Halo video game series has been relatively quiet of late, with the last major tentpole game of the franchise, Halo 4 releasing back in 2012. However, if you're a fan of Xbox's flagship franchise, then you better suit up because there's a lot to look forward to in the coming months and years.
Most notably, the Halo series will take a full-fledged jump from the video game to the television world, with two live-action adaptations currently expected. We've yet to see anything from the Steven Spielberg produced [Halo](series:965954) television series, but today we got the first look at Ridley Scott's 'digital feature' Halo: Nightfall.
The series, which is expected to follow the same formula as Machinima's Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, has debuted an initial trailer ahead at the San Diego Comic-Con, and as I'm sure you'd agree, it's not difficult to see the influence of Scott - who serves as executive producer - in the production. Take a look below:
Halo: Nightfall tells the story of Jameson Locke - a "legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Earth’s most powerful and secretive military branch" - who is sent on a secret mission to uncover a new terrifying biological weapon. The Halo franchise director Frank O'Connor explains that Nightfall takes place predominantly on a "scrappy" backwater colony and will explore the political and personal tensions that exist there.
Furthermore, the character of Locke will eventually be tied into the upcoming Halo 5 video game, where he will be a playable character, although 343 Industries - the game's developer - would not state if he is a friend or foe of Master Chief. O'Connor went on to claim that the series is "kind of the origin of a superhero in a way".
A [Halo](movie:559680) live-action adaptation has been on the cards for years. Several major directors, including Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson tried to tackle a Halo feature film, but these plans fell through due to budgetary and creative issues. The success of Halo's extra-curricula web-shorts, however, injected new life into the venture and perhaps persuaded the executives to try this different approach to content.
The initial trailer certainly looks intriguing, I particularly like the emphasis on tension, instead of simply showing mindless action scenes of Marines running around splattering aliens. Hopefully this suggests Halo: Nightfall might be a bit deeper than most video game adaptations.
Halo: Nightfall will become available to Xbox Live users on November 11th, as well as being packaged with the upcoming re-release Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
What did you think of Halo: Nightfall's debut trailer?