Ridley Scott's Halo: Nightfall Will Still Air, Despite Xbox Studio Closure

When Microsoft announced the Xbox One, one of its headline features was the creation of new TV and video content. Headlining this new endeavor was a custom Halo-themed television show directed by Ridley Scott. Microsoft didn't reveal much additional information and the news itself was generally swept under the rug in the wash of controversy over Kinect, the always-on camera, the intrusive DRM, constant phone-home checks, poor communication, and... well, you get the point.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that it would be closing the content production studios that were initially meant to provide key differentiating content for Xbox One, leading some to wonder if the Halo project was part of those cancellations. It wasn't -- Microsoft announced today that Halo: Nightfall will come to the console this fall. It will serve as a prequel to the events of Halo 5: Guardians, and will introduce one of the starring characters of Halo 5, manhunter Jameson Locke.



The plot of Nightfall will involve Locke and a team of other Office of Navel Intelligence (ONI) agents as they attempt to unravel the culprits behind a terrorist bioweapon attack. Other details, including whether Master Chief will make an appearance, are scarce, but Ridley Scott seems to be implying he's got his own story he wants to tell.

In science fiction, we’re always searching for new frontiers. We’re drawn to the unknown,” Ridley Scott said. “With Halo: Nightfall, we’re pioneering a new medium in terms of interactive storytelling on Xbox. It’s going to be fun for long-time fans to see how the worlds come together with an ambition to attract new fans along the way with what we’ve created.”

Whether the new character is friend or foe to the Master Chief remains to be seen. The show will be broadcast in five segments beginning this fall. Presumably each episode will be 30-60 minutes long -- a major success could lead to more projects of this sort. Unfortunately, with Microsoft having just shut down the studio that would've produced that content, the long-term forecast is vague.

Also vague is the question of how non-Xbox one owners will access this material, or at what price point. Microsoft hasn't clarified whether gamers will be able to buy the series episode-by-episode or if it'll be locked as an Xbox One feature for an unspecified period of time.
Via:  Gamespot
Comments
JasonBolla 5 months ago

I know a lot of people didn't like the idea of taking on televised entertainment, but I thought the Halo and Quantum Break crossovers would be neat. I was glad to hear not everything got cancelled.

ThomasTaege 5 months ago

I was super pumped about the rumors of a halo movie when I was a kid and then it fell through and they sold their helicopter designs to avatar. It's not apvie, but I'm excited to see how this turns out.

DavidKreal 5 months ago

I'm curious to see how this goes...Forward Unto Dawn wasn't high quality entertainment, but served fans well enough to keep them interested, as did the side stuff with Spartan Ops. If this does a nice job bridging the gap to Halo 5, I'm sure we'll see even more like it.

JefferyPruett 5 months ago

Master Chief For President! :D

iByTheWay 5 months ago

I'm interested to see how this turns out. I'm a pretty big Halo fan (for the multiplayer, not the lore) so it really gives me chills seeing the Halo universe come to life in live-action. That trailer feels very... generic to me though. I feel like I could staple any sci-fi action title on it and could sell it.

Dark blue color correction with super contrast, rocky derelict planet, etc etc rinse repeat.


Obviously, I can't base the whole series off of a minute of "first look" footage, but I truly hope this doesn't fall into the hole of mediocrity.

LukeKirke 5 months ago

I like the idea of having the TV but dont really like the exclusivity

DennisWilliams 5 months ago

Gotta love halo. The game series was great. The books that came with it were good to read. And these little mini series things are nice to watch. I liked the one they did before halo 4 was released.

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