The Halo movie might be canned for good due to what is essentially greed, but that doesn't mean the live-action Halo dream is dead. Microsoft's planning a huge Web series around its FPS franchise to coincide with the launch of Halo 4 this November.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn will air exclusively on Machinima. Speaking to Variety, Matt McCloskey, director of franchise business management at 343 Industries (the new developers for the Halo games) says that he hopes the live-action Web series will act as a springboard that'll hook non-Halo players to the series.
"Forward Unto Dawn" 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.
Microsoft will reportedly package all five shorts into a full package that'll be released on other platforms.
If, like me, you've been drooling for more live-action Halo videos like 2007's Halo 3: Landfall by Neil Blomkamp, Microsoft's next live-action series will be worth the wait.
More information, specifically who's helming the productions will be revealed at this July's San Diego Comic-Con. Summer can't come soon enough.
Get your Spartan armor out and start polishing it, because Halo 4 fever is coming through.