‘Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn’ Ends With a Bang

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The very first glimpse of all-out Master Chief action had the world sold on Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Now, the time has come for the characterization and drama to give way for a bit more violence. The previous episode of the Halo 4 web series showed that the Chief was worth the wait, but now Hastati Squad takes their fights against the Covenant onto four wheels.

While this may be the last chance for fans to see Thomas Lasky before his leading role in Halo 4 (read our review here), those who love the series have a chance to get a bit more when the extended cut of the project will be coming via Blu-ray, and included with the Halo 4 Limited Edition. It may be goodbye, Master Chief, but not for long.

The Chief/Cortana portion of the episode shows the trusted AI is still capable of composing herself into a new and (at least visually) improved version, although the extent of her rampancy will have to be seen firsthand. From there, the Chief and his young squadmates take center stage, sent headlong into a veritable turkey shoot of superheated plasma. That said, we’ll take Jackals over a Hunter any day.

Halo 4 Forward Unto Dawn Hunter

The last episode of the web series may be hard to take for those who fell in love with its young cast and the budding romance between Lasky (Tom Green) and cadet Chyler Silva (Anna Popplewell), but in the Halo universe, victory always comes with a price. But while the loss is tragic, the Covenant provide the hesitant officer with a motivation strong enough to carry him through the war about to unfold.

One he’ll carry with him (in more ways than one) directly into Halo 4. The final moments will leave fans desperate to jump into the Chief’s Mjolnir armor once again, which was 343 Industries‘ goal all along.

Aside from giving players a chance to start Halo 4’s campaign feeling informed (while the Chief may not be), Forward Unto Dawn has managed to turn one of its secondary NPCs into a fully-realized character before the game has even shipped. Where they go from there…well, we’ll have to wait and see.

Halo 4 Forward Unto Dawn Cortana

Luckily fans of Halo‘s extended fiction won’t have to go far to get their next dose. We’re not just talking about the mysteries that Halo 4‘s campaign will be unraveling, or the new overarching story that will be woven into multiplayer. Fans have an entire season of Spartan Ops that won’t just bring episodic content to mainstream gamers, but could change the entire industry.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn has done its job paving the way for the arrival of Halo 4 on November 6, 2012, exclusively for the Xbox 360.

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TAGS: 343 Industries, Halo, Halo 4, Microsoft

  • DT

    So I really enjoyed this miniseries and as the article states, it has really gotten me in the mood to play this game. I was probably going to wait a bit to buy Halo 4, but because of series I had to go out and pre order it so I can play it on day 1.

    I do have one question though if someone can explain it to me. I was under the impression that the attack on the academy happens prior to original Halo, but Halo 4 actually takes place after the events in Halo 3? Is this correct? If this isn’t correct when exactly in the time line is this initial attack and when does Halo 4 actually take place? Thanks.

    • Rusty Shackleford III

      The intro’s to each of the FUD episodes are used to set up Halo 4, which takes place in 2557. The attack on the academy is in like 2525 or 2526, decades before Halo:CE takes place (2552).

    • http://gamerant.com Jack

      The series takes place before Halo: CE and essentially starts the story for Halo Reach. The characters in the show are in Halo 4 but are much older. So its not a direct prequel show to Halo 4 but just introduced new characters into the mix that are seen in the new game since most of the other characters die by the time Halo 3 ends.

  • Stryke

    This needs to be an HBO Series!!!! I would say a movie but a single two hour movie could not possibly do it justice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DownloadableConflict TaboriHK

    Wasn’t a fan of the death, I felt it was a little predictable, but with soldier drama, it’s kind of a given. A good series nonetheless and I hope there’s more material in the same vein forthcoming.

  • http://unbuildthegame.blogspot.com UnbuildTheGame

    If they don’t make a Halo movie after seeing the success of FUD, I will be very disappointed. Great series with an amazing ending!

    • Frank Dehner

      They could make a movie, and a movie has been in talks for awhile. The problem is with Microsoft. They want TOO MUCH money for their character, “Master Chief”. So whichever company was to make the movie, they would have to give an arm and a leg financially to Microsoft to use him. So with that being said, the less money a studio has to make a movie with, the less they’ll be able to put into the movie. Like Microsoft needs alot of money, PLEAEEESE! If they were smart, they would take the time to see the true success of the Halo series. If they did that, a movie could be made and they would definitely get their cut. Awhile back Peter Jackson wanted to do it. He’s a huge fan of Halo. I think his studios could’ve pulled it off well.

      • http://unbuildthegame.blogspot.com UnbuildTheGame

        I’m not sure how accurate your claims are that Microsoft would demand too much from whatever studio creates the movie. Microsoft spent around $10 million on a web series that was released 100% free, so I doubt that what you said is true.

        • Major Warrior

          Do the research yourself. Even Peter Jackson has admitted those claims. Making a full fledged movie and making a small series to help the promotion of Halo 4 are two different things. I don’t know if the series was made specifically to promote the game, but I know it didn’t hurt it.

          • http://unbuildthegame.blogspot.com UnbuildTheGame

            Well why shouldn’t they demand a lot for the movie? They own the intellectual property, so it’s only fair that they get a large percent of the revenue.

        • Major Warrior

          Also, $10 million dollars for Microsoft is nothing but mere change in their couch cushions.

  • IIzTrollin

    they better continue this!

    • Jack7

      this opens right into halo 4. that will be the continuation

  • Drunkenmunkey

    starting from 14:51, that is the most epic ending EVER. epic music dialogue and screenplay!

    Hindler to direct!

  • romotoma

    hey guys can u help me and tell me what song played while lasky was getting shot at by the hunter thx

  • Wiseman

    So in this series Lasky is training to become a marine officer but in Halo 4 he is a navy officer. Is there an explanation for that?