343 Industries revealed a new Spartan during E3 this week, but many were left rather confused to his identity. Meet Agent Locke, a new face in the ongoing Halo saga, as well as the focus of the upcoming Halo Nightfall miniseries from producer Ridley Scott.
We were given a closer look at Halo: The Master Chief Collection behind closed doors, and during the presentation, 343 studio head Bonnie Ross offered some deeper insight on Nightfall. The live-action miniseries will be included with the Master Chief Collection and lead into Halo 5: Guardians when that comes out in 2015, much in the same way Halo: Forward Unto Dawn did for Halo 4 in 2012.
Like Forward Unto Dawn, Halo Nightfall is just one part in 343 Industries' vision for the Halo series, one that involves bringing in other forms of media. As Ross puts it, "In an FPS, you can only tell so much story."
That's not to say the devs want to force Halo fans into buying books or live-action spin-offs. Ross assures that everything they put out is standalone, but the idea is to give fans more than just games as an avenue of exploring the larger Halo universe. That's why Forward Unto Dawn starred a different cast, and why Nightfall will be about Locke, not Master Chief or Cortana.
"We're using Halo Nightfall to basically tell his backstory and tell his origin story," Ross explained during the presentation. "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."
343 and Microsoft will be revealing more about Halo Nightfall at San Diego Comic-Con. Filming has yet to finish, and Ross mentioned the crew having just begun in Iceland after leaving Ireland.