Halo 4 Will Have Live Action Web Series, ‘Forward Unto Dawn’
Microsoft may never see its dream of a Halo movie come to fruition, but they’re aiming for the next best thing, sort of, by funding a live action web series to promote Halo 4. The series, called ‘Forward Unto Dawn’, will air in five parts on Halo Waypoint and Machinima beginning, almost certainly, 6 weeks before the launch of Halo 4 on November 6.
No specific details about the series have been announced: Microsoft is saving them for Comic Con 2012. However, it has been confirmed that every episode will depict the impact of Master Chief on the protagonist of Forward Unto Dawn, while also providing key details about the origins of the series’ convenant war. In addition, the series is designed to bring in newbs as well as longtime fans, likely introducing people to key concepts of the series in advance of the first true sequel in 5 years. 2010′s Halo: Reach was a prequel, after all.
Then again, Microsoft probably doesn’t have to worry about bringing in the uninitiated. Halo: Reach, despite being considered slightly inferior to the main trilogy, ended up bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars in its first month and ending 2010 as the year’s 3rd best-selling game, behind that year’s Call of Duty and Madden entries. That sounds like a built in audience, but what do I know? I actually thought Psychonauts would be a huge hit.