Halo 5’ s new Spartan is getting his own series
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.
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