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Published: July 3, 2023

Written by: Stoyan Todorov

  • Paramount released a full trailer for the upcoming Halo TV series
  • Fans will see important characters star in the show
  • Not much is known about the series, but it seems the production team nailed the aesthetics

The hype surrounding the Halo franchise just got bigger as a new trailer for the Halo TV series just dropped.

The Halo TV Series Is Finally Coming

After many years of rumors, it was confirmed by Paramount at the 2021 Game Awards that a Halo TV series will soon be arriving.  Paramount released a short half-minute teaser trailer some weeks ago, showing a young John 117, shortly after he had some of his augmentation surgeries. The super-soldier donned his helmet and was greeted by the familiar voice of his AI assistant. However, fans got a more in-depth look at the visuals for the new series after Paramount dropped the official trailer at the 2021 Game Awards.

The show will be released in early 2022 and will be streamed on Paramount Plus. The iconic 7-foot-tall armor-clad super soldier will be played by Pablo Schreiber, while Cortana’s voice actress will be Jen Taylor, a.k.a. the in-game Cortana’s original actress. The creator of the Spartan program, Dr. Catherine Halsey, will be played by Natascha McElhone.

What Can We Expect from the Series?

There is always a fear with video-game-to-live-action adaptations of “is it going to be good?” History is filled with films based on video games that have had, let’s just say less than stellar performances. Hopefully, the Halo TV series’ story will not be subject to such shortcomings.

However, based on the short trailers we’ve got so far, we can safely say the team got two things right: the budget and the aesthetics. Everything from the CGI animations to military uniforms, to the marines, ODSTs, and Spartan’s armors look well made. The background spaces look large and alive as if they are actually used by people.

The show also seems to capture the game’s more industrialist and brutalist architecture, with all of its angles and broad flat shapes. There is a shot of a human city from above and one can see detailed small buildings, trees, plazas, etc. Special attention is also given to humanity’s enemy – the Covenant. Some frames show a shot of High Charity, the Covenant mobile planetoid station, and “capital”, with all its tendrils and sprawling structures.

Some weeks ago, a few screenshots of the series have been leaked, further giving us evidence that we can say the show’s team managed to nail the aesthetics right.

Like many things, the Halo TV series was delayed due to Covid-19. It was rumored that it will start airing earlier this year, however, the release date was moved back to early 2022. It’s still not clear whether Halo will be trying to adapt the games directly or tell its own story within the world of the franchise.

Fans will have to wait a bit more, but in the meantime, they can enjoy playing Halo Infinite, which despite its rough start and problems 343 Industries promised to fix, recently had its campaign released.

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