Although the majority of recent news surrounding the Halo franchise is all about the upcoming Master Chief Collection, that new-gen series anthology isn’t the only thing Spartan fans have to be excited about. Halo 5: Guardians will arrive in 2015 and offer a brand new adventure for Master Chief and a mysterious new character. After a few weeks of speculation and theories, 343 Industries eventually revealed that the Spartan standing opposite Chief on the cover of Guardians is a brand-new character. A few still from the upcoming live-action tie-in series suggests that Locke won’t be quite as dedicated to keeping his face hidden as the old school Halo hero.
There was lots of talk about Halo: Nightfall during E3 2014, but this week is the first time fans can actually see an image from the upcoming digital series. Production on the Ridley Scott produced series has been pretty quiet, so the reveal of the lead character on set is the most exciting asset for hopeful fans to drool over until Comic-Con kicks off.
The image features the main character, Agent Locke, out of his Spartan uniform. The mysterious protagonist is played by actor Mike Colter, who may be familiar to fans of The Good Wife, The Following, or Zero Dark Thirty. Locke will not only be the point-of-focus in the digital series that acts as a bridge between Halo 4 and Halo 5, but the character will also play a key role in the plot of the upcoming numbered installment of the first-person shooter franchise.
343 Industries general Bonnie Ross spoke about Locke’s role in the franchise during the Halo presentation at E3.
“[Locke will play] a key role in Halo 5: Guardians… We’re using Halo: Nightfall to basically tell his backstory and tell his origin story… You don’t have to watch this, but knowing this will kind of tee you up for all the new things that are going on in Halo 5: Guardians.”
With the high production value that comes along with a Ridley Scott project, Xbox wants to make sure that consumers don’t have a difficult time finding a place to purchase and watch the series. It will be available via Xbox Live (for 360 and Xbox One owners), packaged along with the Master Chief Collection, and available on Microsoft smartphones and tablets.
So far, most of the information we’ve heard or seen about Nightfall seems pretty promising. The distribution may lead to more of a barrier for entry than Xbox is hoping, but time will tell how well the series sells. The last Halo live-action series, Forward Unto Dawn, is currently available for streaming via Netflix.
Colter will be in attendance at Comic-Con next week, alongside a few other members of the Nightfall team to promote the series. The panel is scheduled for July 24 and attendees can look forward to the first reveal of Nightfall footage. Check back later this week for our coverage of the event.
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