Locke In

Halo 5’ s new Spar­tan is get­ting his own se­ries

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The next new Halo game may still be a year away, but the first chap­ter in Halo 5: Guardians’ se­cre­tive story ar­rives much sooner than that in the form of dig­i­tal minis­eries Halo: Night­fall. Set be­tween Ha­los 4 and 5, Night­fall has been cre­ated to in­tro­duce a key new player in the Halo uni­verse: ONI agent and fu­ture Spar­tan IV Jame­son Locke.

“Night­fall is a pre­quel where we’re build­ing the foun­da­tions for Locke’s character, who you’ll play as in Halo 5,” says Locke ac­tor Mike Colter. “Ob­vi­ously we know that he be­comes a Spar­tan IV but Night­fall is all about his jour­ney – how he be­comes that, why he be­comes that, what set of events in­form him.”

Re­leased weekly for peo­ple who pur­chase the Master Chief col­lec­tion, Night­fall is the story of Ac­qui­si­tion Spe­cial­ist Locke’s ONI ( Of­fice of Naval In­tel­li­gence) unit, which is sent to in­ves­ti­gate a bioweapon on a sev­ered sec­tion of In­stal­la­tion 04 – the Halo ring de­stroyed by Master Chief at the end of the very first Halo game.

“Dur­ing the day the heat on the Halo ring is so in­tense that no hu­man can sur­vive, and nei­ther can most alien life­forms,” Colter ex­plains. “We have a fi­nite amount of time – of ‘ night­fall’ – while the sun is down to find ev­i­dence that a treaty has been bro­ken. Ul­ti­mately, it’s a story about sur­vival and a lot of de­ci­sions will have to be made.”

With Ri­d­ley Scott on board as a pro­ducer and Bat­tlestar Galac­tica’s Ser­gio Mim­ica- Gez­zan on di­rect­ing du­ties, it’s a show de­signed to ap­peal to new­com­ers and Halo vet­er­ans. “We’re try­ing to build a hu­man story,” says Colter. “We don’t want peo­ple to just look at Locke as a war­rior be­cause there are a lot of vul­ner­a­ble mo­ments. He’s not the Ter­mi­na­tor, where you know how it’s go­ing to end. This guy can die. This can end poorly for ev­ery­one.” Halo: Night­fall is re­leased as part of the Halo: Master Chief col­lec­tion on 14 Novem­ber.

Halo’s Christina Chong will be in Episode VII.

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