‘Halo 4′ Live-Action Trailer: Master Chief’s Origins

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 19th, 2012 at 7:38 am,

Halo fans better get their checklist ready because we’re nearing the highly anticipated launch of Halo 4, and 343 Industries is slowly rolling out all of the promotional materials Bungie used to before releasing the next entry in the beloved franchise. For those that already can’t tell, one of the biggest hype-builders going into the launch of any Halo is the live-action trailer.

Like those that preceded it, this trailer sufficiently sets the stage for Halo 4, and was created with the help of some of the filmmaking industry’s top talent. Directed by Visual Effects Lead Tim Miller (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and produced by Oscar nominated director David Fincher, this trailer — titled ‘Scanned’ — comes courtesy of some true visionaries in Hollywood.

The decision to provide Master Chief with a face was a bold one, but nonetheless the trailer adequately establishes that Halo 4 will put Spartan 117 front and center. As well, the trailer introduces a live-action version of the Prometheans, the new antagonistic race Master Chief will be encountering whilst on this new mission.

Beyond just a closer look at the enemies in Halo 4, ‘Scanned’ provides a real life representation of the Promethean weapons, which thus far have only been showcased in gameplay trailers (as they should be). It’s actually quite cool to see the destructive power of the Promethean weapons come to life, though; much in the same way previous live-action trailers depicted the energy sword.

Action is sorely lacking in the trailer however, relegated to a single scene where Chief dispatches a Promethean squad. Additionally, the scope is far less expansive than in past Halo trailers, especially the live-action shorts that were released in preparation for Halo: Reach. Moreover, the Forward Unto Dawn live-action series has us glued to the story of the Infinity, which combines genuine drama with some interesting world-building elements and almost overshadows the effect of Scanned.

Halo 4 Scanned Trailer

Nonetheless, Miller and Fincher’s work on ‘Scanned’ should be applauded for its distinct visual style, and for providing a compelling piece of marketing. Fans might be crying foul of the way the production decided to portray Chief without his armor, but once he suits up he’s undeniably awesome.

Though many gamers will be turning to Halo 4 to fuel a new trilogy focused on Master Chief, Cortana, and the Prometheans — dubbed the Reclaimer Trilogy — the focus will also be shared amongst a new and improved multiplayer, and a new cooperative mode called Spartan Ops. Master Chief might be back for Halo 4, but a lot of bells and whistles are coming along for the ride.

What do you think of this live-action trailer for Halo 4? How do you think 343, Tim Miller, and David Fincher’s vision of the real life Halo universe compares against past live-action trailers?

Halo 4 launches November 6, 2012 for the Xbox 360.


TAGS: 343 Industries, Halo, Halo 4, Microsoft, Xbox 360

  • Jack7

    Maybe it’s because I just woke up and watched it, but I didn’t think this one was as cool at Reach’s trailer.Or maybe it’s because I have been watching Forward Unto Dawn which is awesome.

  • tankD

    The didact!

  • A73L3VEN

    Why are you saying that John’s face was shown in this trailer? The only time that they show his face is the little boy on the beach. This “John” is already well known in the cannon and is accurate. No where else in the clips do you see John’s face. His hands… YES, his body form / figure… YES, his “grown up face”…. NOO. Please people watch again and make since of what you are watching before posting write ups like this.

    • boogoo

      His face was shown. Not his entire face but you still get an idea of what he looks like.

  • IcemanHill

    this was amazing…i really enjoy seeing some of the back story. this goes to show we need a live action film mixed with motion capture!!!!

  • fanofgames

    I have a feeling the figure standing infront off John at the end was the didact.

    • Darth

      Me too.