Microsoft is to release a new live-action Web series for Halo, before the launch of “Halo 4″ later this year.
The company’s Xbox gaming division is apparently spending big on “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” which will play exclusively on Machinima and online community Halo Waypoint in the weeks leading up to “Halo 4′s” release on Nov. 6.
According to Variety, the project represents “the largest investment” Microsoft has made in live action to date.
The Web series’ director, cast and other details are currently well under wraps and won’t be known until San Diego Comic-Con which takes place this July.
All that is known about “Forward Unto Dawn” at the moment is that it will play out over five weekly installments, around 15 minutes each, telling an original story about the game’s Master Chief and how he inspired a young UNSC cadet who will eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC Infinity spacecraft. Introduction of the new character will tie in with the plot of “Halo 4,” while providing a flashback to the beginning of the “Halo” franchise’s war between the humans and the evil Covenant.
“Every time we do a live-action commercial the audience says, ‘We want to see more so that we can explore the ‘Halo’ universe a little bit more,” said Frank O’Connor, franchise development director at 343 Industries. “Demand grew more and more out of the two little vignettes we’d previously produced.
“We needed a way to ensure there was a way for people to get onboard this universe without feeling intimidated.” As a result, the Web series is “an origins story that teaches you about a lot of different facets of the (‘Halo’) universe.”
We’ll bring you more details on the web series once Microsoft decides to talk about it.