After much speculation and waiting on pins and needles, fans finally get their first glimpse at Halo: Nightfall in the first trailer and set of screenshots released by 343 Industries.
Initially released at San Diego Comic Con, Halo: Nightfall’s trailer is a titillating first look at what viewers can expect from the upcoming live-action series. Taking place between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall brings a brand new character into the fold, famed ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence) manhunter Jameson Locke, who plays a pivotal role in the branching storyline being told across both Halo Nightfall and Halo 5: Guardians.
In Nightfall, Locke finds himself caught up in a bizarre biological attack when he’s tasked with investigating a mysterious element fatal only to humans. When Locke and his crew discover a strange artifact amidst all the fighting, the situation changes. Locke and his crew begin to question everything, eventually being forced to choose between their loyalties and their lives.
It’s harrowing subject matter to be sure, but that’s to be expected with Ridley Scott serving as executive producer. Halo: Nightfall is being directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, whose film credits include Heroes, Under the Dome, and Falling Skies. Mike Colter (Zero Dark Thirty) stars as Locke, and he’ll take up the role again in 2015 as the voice actor and motion capture performer for the character in Halo 5: Guardians. Based on this heavy investment in the Jameson Locke, it looks like 343 Industries is poisitioning him to stand with Master Chief, Sergeant Johnson and Cortana as long-lasting icons of the Halo universe.
If the trailer or the first screenshots from the series are any indication, Halo fans are going to be in for a real treat, especially given the fact that the series will be made available with the Halo: Master Chief Collection when the anthology hits stores November 11th.
While almost every AAA franchise under the sun has its own expanded universe, comprised of novels, comics and more, Halo has been one of the most successful in this regard. Even though its major motion picture never made it to theatres, the Halo book series has arguably been more of a hit than any other game-based stories, and Forward Unto Dawn was a surprisingly good web series unlike anything else a game developer has produced. There’s certainly enough behind Halo: Nightfall to push it toward success, so let us know what you think of this new extension of the Halo franchise, and how it ties in with the familiar characters we all know and love.
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