Microsoft releases the launch trailer for Halo: The Fall of Reach, the forthcoming animated series, available with Halo 5: Guardians upon its release.
The upcoming story, Halo: The Fall of Reach is adapted from the 2001 Erik Nylund book, and is being created by the Canadian production studio Sequence with cooperation from developer 343 Industries. The aforementioned animated series will be featured in Halo 5: Guardians‘ Limited Edition, Limited Collector’s Edition, as well as the Xbox One bundle for the game. As opposed to being released in weekly installments like Halo: Nightfall (a live-action Xbox Originals webseries), Fall of Reach will be available in its entirety upon Halo 5‘s launch, and a week earler for those who have pre-ordered the Limited Edition.
The Fall of Reach‘s narrative is an hour-long tale told in three connected acts, and is set before and after the Covenant War, covering the origins of Master Chief as a child kidnapped for the military training and augmentation methods of the Spartan program created to triumph over the alien insurgency. The tale is reported to have have tenuous connections to Halo 5: Guardians, but those who have read Nylund’s novel will likely be the only ones to catch the references.
As seen in the video below, Halo: The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series will have artistic designs that are similar to the Terminals designed by Sequence that gave backstory for the sci-fi universe in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, and Halo 4. Nevertheless, the animation looks a lot more fleshed out in the trailer.
For a first-person shooter, Halo‘s lore is surprisingly deep, and The Fall of Reach should give those who haven’t had time to delve into the novels a solid primer on what the ancillary books contain. If anything, the animated series ought to provide fans with a better, and more earnest plot than Rooster Teeth Productions’ obviously non-canonical Red vs. Blue stories.
Bearing all of this in mind, it’s strange that Microsoft and 343 Industries are just now getting around to releasing The Fall of Reach as an animated series just now, especially since Master Chief’s genesis is already well-tread material. Plus, Eric Nylund’s book of the same name was published in 2001, so many of the hardcore Halo-heads will already know what’s in store as far as the narrative goes. However, as with any adaptation, some artistic liberties will surely be taken, so devoted fans might be in for some surprises.
Halo 5: Guardians is set to release on October 27, 2015 exclusively for Xbox One, and Halo: The Fall of Reach will be available when the game launches.