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Halo Week 2019 – A Look at Halo’s Live Action Prequel Short Films July 23, 2019

Posted by Maniac in Halo Week 2019, Uncategorized.

We’re kicking off the start of Halo Week 2019 with a Halo appetizer some of you may have missed out on the first time around. Since Halo 2, Microsoft’s sizable marketing division has created some incredibly unique methods to promote the launch of each new Halo game. We have profiled some of these methods in the past, but today we will focus on highlighting videos intended to be canonical live-action prequels to the games they were promoting.

There are a few rules to this list. First up is we will only highlight official videos that have been produced by Microsoft, so sadly we will not include any fan-films. Secondly, the Halo films like Halo 4: Forward Until Dawn, Halo: Legends, Halo: Fall of Reach, and Halo: Nightfall. Those films are currently available on disc or digital distribution at your local movie marketplace or through various video-on-demand services. We also aren’t including the Halo 3: ODST commercial as (even though it is phenomenal) it doesn’t tie directly into the events of the game’s story.

First up is Halo: Landfall, Directed by Neill Blomkamp. It was released in three parts with the first part released at E3 2007. Landfall tells the story of a squad of marines sent on a classified mission just before the events of Halo 3. Their objective is unknown to the viewer but over the course of the short we will learn their objective and how it ties into the events of the game. If you watch this and silently weep at how good it is or how well it matched up with your prediction of what a Halo movie should look like, it is probably due to the fact that if Microsoft had made a feature-length Halo film, it would have been made by this production team.

Next up is Deliver Hope, a live-action television commercial for Halo: Reach. Set before the events of Reach, this short details what happened to the SPARTAN who previously held the position of Noble 6, and why the Team was so hesitant to accept the player in that position at the start of the game. Its got great production values and despite its brief length, still tells a coherent, compelling story.

Finally, here’s Halo 4‘s E3 2012 trailer. This was originally shown at the Microsoft E3 2012 Press Event, but following that, it was broadcasted on television during (for some reason that eludes my logic) a basketball game. It details the launch of the UNSC Infinity, the most advanced spaceship in the fleet and teased this ship and its crew would play a big role in the game. Its not purely a live action short as it was followed up in its initial broadcast with gameplay footage, but the Infinity played such a big part in the final game it is great to see the ship’s beginnings.

Hope you are all enjoying Halo Week 2019, with more content (including original videos from Halo: Outpost Discovery) coming every day!


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