SDCC: First ‘Halo: Nightfall’ Trailer Revealed Along With Plot Details

The first footage and images of the Ridley Scott produced Halo: Nightfall live-action series emerged Thursday. Microsoft made the drop following a 2014 San Diego Comic-Con panel that revealed details on Agent Locke and how he fits in with Halo 5: Guardians for the Xbox One.

Microsoft revealed details, video, and images for Halo: Nightfall via a press release and accompanying post on Xbox Wire. This also included the basic plot elements for the series starring Mike Colter as Agent Locke.

Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall follows the origin story of legendary manhunter Jameson Locke (Mike Colter) and his team as they are caught in a horrific terrorist attack while investigating terrorist activity on the distant colony world of Sedra. Led by Locke, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) agents are forced to coordinate with a Sedran commander with a remarkable history and deep-rooted mistrust of ONI. As the plot unravels, they’re drawn to an ancient, hellish artifact where they’re forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives. Agent Locke is a new character in the Halo universe poised to play a major role in Halo 5: Guardians, releasing on Xbox One in 2015.

Locke’s role in Halo 5 was confirmed to be as a playable character. It’s not clear if the story structure of the Xbox One shooter will alternate between Master Chief and Locke or if it is to support co-operative play with two players taking the role of either character. Beyond that, the E3 trailer suggested that the Oni Agent is tracking the Chief down, but the purpose has not been revealed.

The trailer and key art for Nightfall also confirms that the action will take place on a piece of the broken Halo ring from Halo: Combat Evolved.

“In science fiction, we’re always searching for new frontiers. We’re drawn to the unknown,” said Scott. “With Halo: Nightfall, we’re pioneering a new medium in terms of interactive storytelling on Xbox. It’s going to be fun for long-time fans to see how the worlds come together with an ambition to attract new fans along the way with what we’ve created.”

Halo: Nightfall will be released as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection this November 11. The collection includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4, all running at 1080p and 60 fps (with one possible exception). It also includes access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta due to launch in December. Nightfall will also be available through Xbox LIVE for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 as well as Windows Phone and Surface tablets.

[Images via Microsoft, 343 Industries]