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Halo 4 lands in just less than a month, and it's certainly shaping up to be a bit of a big deal. The game itself is starting to almost feel like an afterthought, following the Hollywood talent involved in the launch trailer... and then there's this: Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a live-action video web series set in the Halo universe.
Master Chief is involved in the new, original storyline, but Forward Unto Dawn also focusses on young UNSC cadet Thomas Lasky, inspired to become a leader aboard the UNSC Infinity. Designed as a way to help make the Halo franchise accessible for peole who haven't played the games, the plot ties in neatly with the events of Halo 4, while also providing a flashback to the original Halo war between the humans and the Covenant.
Thomas Lasky is played by Australian actor Tom Green, who just happened to be at EB Expo earlier this month, and we just happened to catch up with him, to ask a bit more about Forward Unto Dawn, his gaming experience, and what it was like working with Master Chief.
The five-part Forward Unto Dawn series is Microsoft's largest investment in a live-action promotion, costing the publisher nearly US$10 million. It's not quite the Hollywood blockbuster feature film we were promised back in 2005 (with District 9's Neill Blomkamp director and The Hobbit's Peter Jackson on production duties), but as Tom observes, the web series is a pretty impressive next step.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is available right now via the Halo Waypoint, and Halo 4 hits Xbox 360s around the world on November 6th. Oh, and keep an eye out, that DVD release Tom was talking about may also expand to Xbox Video and iTunes, and may surface before the end of the year, as an extended cut with audio commentary. Just sayin'.
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