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PAX Offers More Details On Halo: Nightfall And What To Expect From The Halo Channel

by Kyle Hilliard on Aug 30, 2014 at 04:31 PM

The Halo Channel, the upcoming hub for all things Halo, will feature more than the web series Halo: Nightfall. 343 recently detailed what sort of additional content it will be creating.

The Halo Channel will be home to a lot more than Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming web series designed to accompany Halo 5: Guardians, but that is certainly the channel’s big initial focus. At today’s Halo panel, Halo series executive producer Kiki Wolfkill detailed some aspects of the show, the channel, and showcased some teasers about what else we can expect.

The show follows the Locke, a character we don’t know much about yet, and his team. The show takes place on Halo alpha, the one destroyed by Master Chief at the end of the first game. A fragment of the halo has found an orbit around a star, and while it’s mostly broken it is still somewhat functional. As the fragment rotates in its orbit, it will turn its organic side to face the star and the heat becomes unbearable for any kind of life. Facing away from the star, the organic side of the fragment reaches survivable temperatures. This is why the show is called Nightfall, as it is only at night that the team can survive. It is also representative of the halo fragment’s shifting environment.

The show was shot in Iceland for its strange, alien-like landscape. In a short document about the show, executive producer Dan Ayoub said he brought home some rocks from its location shootings and called them rocks from the halo because the landscape was just that believable.

Other content outside of Nightfall includes the previously released Forward Unto Dawn, and animated Halo short Headhunters. You will also see large collection of nonfiction content including e-sports coverage, Twitch live streaming channels, trivia sections, documentaries as well as a number of other shows created internally as well as by third parties all related to Halo.

We saw a quick clip of a series of videos called Old Maps, New Tricks where 343’s franchise community manager Andy Dudynsky broke down in detail what small changes had been made to the recently showcased Lockout, as well as what is staying the same, like the little shortcuts that let you get up to the top of the battle rifle tower. This show is one that will recur detailing Halo’s assorted multiplayer maps. You can find more about Lockout’s changes here.

Both Halo: Master Chief Collection and the Halo Channel launch on November 11. The Halo Channel will be available on Xbox One and Windows 8.1 devices, and will release for the Windows Phone 8.1 shortly after.