Ridley Scott's live-action Halo series will tell story of 'mystery Spartan' Agent Locke

Microsoft's new original series, 'Every Street United', is coming very soon, but it won't be the company's only show to launch this year on the Xbox One. Fans of the Halo franchise are eagerly anticipating the new series being produced by Ridley Scott, and a couple of new details have emerged on what to expect. 

Bonnie Ross, head of Microsoft's 343 Industries, confirmed that the 'mystery Spartan' with the blue visor that first appeared in artwork (above) for the next game, 'Halo 5: Guardians', and who briefly appeared in a trailer for The Master Chief Collection at E3 2014 (below), is known as Agent Locke. As Polygon reports, Ross said that Locke's story will be told in Scott's upcoming 'Halo Nightfall' series for the Xbox One, and the soldier will have "a key role" in the new game. 

"We're using Halo Nightfall to basically tell his back story and his origin story," Ross explained. "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." 

Ross added that she was unsure exactly how many episodes will be included in Nightfall in total, but said that five would be released before the launch of the Halo 5 multiplayer beta at the end of the year, according to Engadget. The series is still in production, with filming continuing in Iceland, having recently finished in Ireland. 

Nightfall won't be Halo's first venture into live-action episodic storytelling - the Forward Unto Dawn series performed a similar role in setting things up for Halo 4, and enjoyed over 59 million views on Machinima. Ross said that much had been learned from fans' feedback on that series, and that working with Ridley Scott had "kind of upped the bar" in their scope for Nightfall. "Hopefully, we get better each time," she said. 

But fans hoping that Master Chief will make it to the big screen will be disappointed. Ross said: "Fans keep asking for a Halo movie, and we feel that with what we have on Xbox One, TV suits us better."

Microsoft is also working on a separate live-action series, Halo: The Television Show, which is expected to be shown on cable network Showtime in late 2015 - around the same time as Halo 5: Guardians is released - and which is being produced by Steven Spielberg. 

Source: Polygon | images above via Microsoft; image used on front page via Gamezplay.org

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This will be heaven for me. The whole story of Halo means everything to me, and I love to learn more about the origins.

I'm expecting this to have a higher budget than what FoD had which means it'll at lest look better. FoD was a solid web series IMO, so this is a nice move for them. They should do this for their other big IPs if it sticks, not just halo.

This will definitely have a higher budget since this a live action TV series, not a low budget Web Series. It'll be awesome i'm sure :D

George P said,
I'm expecting this to have a higher budget than what FoD had which means it'll at lest look better. FoD was a solid web series IMO, so this is a nice move for them. They should do this for their other big IPs if it sticks, not just halo.

FoD? You realise the middle word of the title of that series is "Unto", not "Onto", right?

TCLN Ryster said,

FoD? You realise the middle word of the title of that series is "Unto", not "Onto", right?

My mistake, FuD then.

It's not milking. The Halo franchise is one of the most successful and they are giving what their fans want, which is a smart move. They have this awesome franchise, and they're finally putting it to awesome use now with the games, Cortana brand and now the TV series. :)

Sadly, since Prometheus, I have little confidence in Ridley's current directorial prowess. The old Ridley of "Blade Runner" and the original "Alien" seems to have been replaced by a more complacent and, dare I say, lazy director who nowadays thinks his name on the credits alone is enough to make a movie worthwhile

mzta cody said,
Sadly, since Prometheus, I have little confidence in Ridley's current directorial prowess. The old Ridley of "Blade Runner" and the original "Alien" seems to have been replaced by a more complacent and, dare I say, lazy director who nowadays thinks his name on the credits alone is enough to make a movie worthwhile

I don't think he thinks that. I mean, not everyone maintains a consistent high standard, or high approval rating through out their life.

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