Microsoft planning Halo 4 live action web series


Get your popcorn ready, because Halo is coming to the big screen.  OK, not quite.  But there is a new live action web series on the way.  There has been a long tradition of using live action content to market the Halo series, from the “Landfall” shorts directed by Neil Blomkamp, to the more recent “Remember Reach” campaign.  Microsoft isn’t sharing much in terms of specifics, but this new series sounds like it will be the most ambitious effort yet.  Read on for the decidedly not-very-detaily details.

As reported by Variety, the new web series is set to premiere in the weeks leading up to Halo 4’s release on November 6th, and will be titled “Forward Unto Dawn.”  Fans of Halo should recognize that as the name of the cruiser Master Chief and Cortana were stranded on at the end of Halo 3, nearly five years ago.  The series will consist of five weekly episode, each lasting around fifteen minutes, and will be available at and Halo Waypoint.

While the story of “Forward Unto Dawn” is still largely a mystery, a few plot points have been hinted at.  The story will tie into the events of Halo 4 by showing how the Master Chief inspired a young UNSC cadet who would eventually serve on the Infinity, a ship which plays a large role in the overarching story of the game.  The web series will also flashback to the Human-Covenant war, offering a glimpse at how that conflict began. 

“Forward Unto Dawn” is intended to appeal to both longtime fans, and those who are new to the franchise.  While offering new character development for the Master Chief, the series will also include a wealth of information about the Halo universe, allowing those who are unfamiliar it a chance to get up to speed before Halo 4 launches. 

Now, I know what you’re saying.  There isn’t much info here.  It’s more of an announcement of a later announcement, but trust me… there is reason to be excited.  The previous live action Halo short films and trailers have been amazing, and I think it’s a safe bet to assume this newest effort will be too.  Expect to hear much more about “Forward Unto Dawn” at the San Diego Comic-Con this July.

About the Author: (@Joe_of_the_Dead) Lead Editor, Writer

Joe was born in a time of war. A console war. Two electronic titans were locked in a heated battle for the living rooms of America. Which titans, you ask? Well, the Fairchild Channel F and the Atari 2600 of course. You see, Joe is old. So many of his favorite games tend to be on the older side as well. But that hasn’t stopped him from developing unhealthy obsessions with such modern franchises as Halo and Mass Effect. Just don’t tell him how long it’s been since the original Metroid was released. His aging heart can’t take the shock.

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