Comic-Con has also played host to the official trailer launch for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a live-action series based on the latest instalment of the award-winning Xbox franchise. The five-part series is designed to act as a prequel to Halo 4, which launches November 6th, exclusively for Xbox 360.
Here's a taste of what's in store:
“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” tells an exciting story of heroism and sacrifice on a scale never before seen in the “Halo” universe, taking fans back to the beginning of the human and Covenant war and leading into the events of “Halo 4.” Set against the backdrop of a United Nations Space Command (UNSC) military academy, a group of highborn cadets are training to be the next generation of soldiers in the UNSC’s ongoing war with insurrectionists in the outer colonial planets. Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky struggles with his doubts about this war, and with the burden of expectations he may not be able to carry. As Lasky comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance known as the Covenant arrives and turns his world upside down.
You might recognise some of the faces in that trailer, but some of them are Hollywood newcomers. Starring in Forward Unto Dawn are young Australian actor Tom Green (Dance Academy), Anna Popplewell (Susan from The Chronicles of Narnia), and Daniel Cudmore (X2, X-Men: The Last Stand) as Master Chief.
The series is written by Todd Helbing and Aaron Helbing (pens behind Smallville and Spartacus), and directed by Sorority Row talent Stewart Hendler.
While it's perfectly acceptable to play Halo 4 without exploring Lasky's back-story, the events of the mini-series will provide "special insights" into the way the game plays out. If you miss events unfolding online, pick up a Limited Edition Halo 4 and settle in for the extended, 90-minute cut (featuring additional footage and bonus content).
Intrigued? As well you should be! Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn hits the internet on October 5th, via both Halo Waypoint and new online channel Machinima Prime. Each of the five episodes will shed just a little more light on Master Chief's past - setting the stage perfectly for the November 6th release of Halo 4.
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