In order to get fans hyped for the release of Halo 4 this November, 343 Industries decided to spend between $5 million and $10 million to create a live-action mini-series titled “Forward Unto Dawn” to lead into the new installment. To get us all frothing at the mouth, the developer showed off a trailer for the series earlier today at Comic-Con.
“Forward Unto Dawn” will be a five-episode series with each episode taking up 15 minutes. When finished, these will all be combined together along with 15 additional minutes of footage into a 90-minute feature film.
Choosing to have Master Chief in a supporting role, the series revolves around UNSC cadet Thomas Lasky as he trains at its military academy just before the onset of the Human-Covenant War. Though he is pegged to become a military leader when he graduates, Lasky finds personal issues with the current colonist insurrection and military tactics that the UNSC employs.
“As Lasky comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance known as the Covenant arrives and turns his world upside down,” said an official statement from Microsoft. “Inspired by the Master Chief, he must decide what it means to be a hero. Halo fans who experience Lasky’s thrilling origin story in ‘Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn’ will be rewarded with special insights into the story of Halo 4 and the Halo Infinity Multiplayer experience.”
The first episode will premiere October 5 on Machinima Prime and Halo Waypoint. To get the full-length feature after all five episodes have released, players will need to either purchase the limited edition of Halo 4 or find it on one of a group of currently unannounced on-demand video services.
But enough about the details, let’s see the trailer! Check it out below an let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!