As if Halo fans haven't waited long enough for the series' film debut, Warner Bros. Home Video has pushed the release of Halo Legends back a week. Originally set for a February 9 launch, the animated anthology is now set to launch on DVD, Blu-ray, OnDemand, and downloadable services February 16.
Like The Animatrix and Batman: Gotham Knights before it, Halo Legends taps a variety of notable creators and animation studios to produce short films for a compiled home-video release. Directors Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) will be working on the project, as will familiar studios like Production I.G. (Blood: The Last Vampire), Studio4˚C (Tekkonkinkreet), Toei Animation (Dragon Ball), Casio Entertainment (visual effects work on Big Man Japan), and Bones (Cowboy Bebop: The Movie).
When it arrives in stores, Halo Legends will do so in three different packages. There will be a standard DVD release with all eight episodes of the anthology and a two-disc special-edition release that includes audio commentary and videos on the making of the anthology and the growth of the Halo franchise since its debut as an Xbox launch title. Finally, the Blu-ray edition of Halo Legends will include the special-edition extras, as well as a series story overview recapping through the conclusion of Halo 3.