Halo: The Master Chief Collection is scheduled for release this November. We just learned at Microsoft’s E3 press conference that the bundle will include a live-action digital series, Halo Nightfall.
Produced by Ridley Scott (known for the iconic sci-fi blockbuster, Alien) and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzen (who’s worked on episodes of Battlestar Galactica and Heroes), Nightfall is a separate project from the Stephen Spielberg-produced Halo TV show announced last year.
“The series introduces a pivotal new character in a story that leads right up to Halo 5: Guardians.” Whether the mysterious new character is who we’ve seen in some of Halo 5‘s artwork remains unclear. In addition, Nightfall will explore Master Chief’s past and future, bridging the gap between Halo 1-4 and the upcoming Halo 5.
Something interesting to note: Nightfall shares its title with a short story written by the sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov. In it, a planet illuminated on all sides is suddenly thrust into darkness due to a solar eclipse: its inhabitants, used to perpetual daylight, look up at the night sky and for the first time see stars. The horrifying realization of how tiny they are in a vast universe is enough to drive them mad.
Now, this is pure speculation, but Master Chief was similarly thrust into darkness at the end of Halo 4, having lost his longtime companion Cortana. Could this be the “nightfall” the title is referring to? Only one way to find out: Halo Nightfall will be available as part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One this fall.