After months of speculation and teasing purchasers of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, late yesterday Microsoft finally revealed more information and a special trailer for Halo: Nightfall. That’s the new digital series that’ll debut this November.
The trailer for Halo: Nightfall pretty much reveals everything long-time Halo fans will need to know about the series. In the show, a terrorist organization is planning a series of devastating attacks. These terrorists aren’t using traditional weapons like bombs and guns. Instead, they’re mining an element that is particularly harmful to humans. Halo: Nightfall will focus on a team of agents from the Office of Naval Intelligence as they try to track down whose using the element and eliminate them.
Mike Colter, who was a big part of the Zero Dark Thirty film that swept The Academy Awards nomination ceremony back in 2012, will play the ONI team’s leader, Jameson Locke. This being a television show set in the Halo universe, very quickly the team is drawn to an ancient artifact that could very well take their lives.
All told, the trailer doesn’t seem too bad, and the show is covering something away from the central-core of the Halo universe. Some users were worried that the series might be a retread of other live-action things Microsoft has produced based in the Halo universe.
Agent Locke is a completely new character introduced for this series. Watching Halo: Nightfall won’t be the only way that users can seem him in action though. Microsoft says that Agent Locke will be a playable character in Halo 5: The Guardians.
If the Office of Naval Intelligence sounds familiar, it’s because the organization has played a central part in other spin-offs from the core Halo experience. In Halo 3: ODST players are sent into the city of New Mombasa on the orders of an officer from the Office of Naval Intelligence. The team’s entire plan goes sideways thanks to the ONI officer’s decision to not completely brief them before they leap into the war zone. An entire mission in the game tasks players with retrieving essential data and then blowing up the office tower on Earth that ONI calls home. ONI officers are featured heavily in the Halo books as well.
It’s also worth noting that this isn’t’ the first time Microsoft has created live-action additions to the Halo franchise. The company created Forward Unto Dawn to promote Halo 4. Halo: Reach’s entire advertising campaign consisted of live-action shorts.
Halo: Nightfall producer Ridley Scott hints that users can expect some level of interactivity when the show arrives saying, “… we’re pioneering a new medium in terms of interactive storytelling on Xbox.” What that means exactly remains unclear, but it’s entirely possible he’s referencing how Halo fans will get to watch the live-action version of Locke and then play as him in Halo 5: The Guardians.
Halo fans will have a lot of different ways to get their hands on Halo: Nightfall. Earlier reports indicated that Microsoft planned to make the show available to Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Surface owners. However, that was before Microsoft announced that it’d be shutting Xbox Entertainment Studios, the production company it founded two-years ago to produce original programming for Xbox Live.
We do know that Xbox One owners who purchase Halo: The Master Chief Collection will get access to the series. Microsoft could just use Halo: Nightfall as a carrot, a sweetener to convince Xbox 360 users to upgrade to the Xbox One and Xbox One owners to purchase The Master Chief Collection. A post on Xbox Wire about the series does note that it’ll be available digitally on Xbox Live beginning November 11th, but doesn’t say if there’ll be a charge users who have an Xbox Live Gold account already.