343 Industries, stewards of the Halo franchise for Microsoft, isn’t just promoting its upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection game with looks at remastered levels from Halo 3 and Halo 2. Earlier today, Microsoft and the video game developer posted another look at Halo: Nightfall. Halo: Nightfall is the episodic feature that Microsoft will give users free access to when they pick up Halo: The Master Chief on release day.
Microsoft and 343 Industries posted the new Halo: Nightfall trailer this week, just a few months after it first gave us a detailed look at the upcoming series. In the trailer we see Agent Locke tracking down and taking down enemies. To be clear, all the footage in the new Halo: Nightfall trailer isn’t new. Some of it was included in that aforementioned earlier trailer.
Although the trailer does give us a more detailed look at the Halo: Nightfall story and production values, it doesn’t yet fill in all of the blanks concerning Agent Locke and the future of the Halo franchise. Agent Locke is a completely new character in the Halo universe. He’s being introduced in the add-on content that comes with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, but he won’t actually be playable in the immediate term. Instead, Agent Locke will feature prominently in Halo 5: The Guardians.
Halo 5: The Guardians will be the first major Halo release to arrive on Microsoft’s Xbox One console. The game will be completely exclusive, meaning Xbox 360 users will need to upgrade to the Xbox One before they’re able to experience it. 343 Industries has already confirmed that Agent Locke will be playable in Halo 5: The Guardians, though the extent of which that is true remains unclear. At the time it confirmed Locke appearing in the game it tried to reassure users that series protagonist John 117 would be heavily featured in the game as well.
Locke won’t be the first character that players have been able to take over. Earlier Halo games allowed users to play as The Arbiter, an alien and figure of influence within the civilization that attacks Earth and its colonies through all five previous games. Locke is the first to get his own spin-off live action television series though. That at least hints at a bigger long-term role for Locke, possibly after Halo 5: The Guardians.
To get access to Halo: Nightfall those interested need only purchase Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The game itself will include remastered high-definition graphics for the campaign and multiplayer modes of every game John 117, who is also known as the Master Chief, appeared in. Those games include Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4. All of these multiplayer modes and maps are why the game will take up a whopping 65GB of storage when it launches.
Besides Halo: Nightfall and the core remakes, Halo: The Master Chief Collection buyers will be the first users anywhere with guaranteed access to Halo 5: The Guardians multiplayer beta that’s coming this winter. The Halo 5 launch won’t come until next year, but Microsoft is hoping that Xbox One users can provide valuable feedback and testing data for the final game.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection launches on November 11th in the United States and most other countries where the Xbox One is already being sold. The game itself will cost $60 and come in just one version that users can pre-order digitally now from the Xbox Store. Users who pre-order the game get access to an in-game skull that changes the explosion mechanics of the game. Again, Halo: The Master Chief Collection won’t be coming to the Xbox 360, which makes sense because its comprised of games that are already available on the Xbox 360 in some form.