Halo 5 Tie-In Animated Series Halo: Fall of Reach Gets First Trailer

The three-act animated series will tell Master Chief and Blue Team's origin story.

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Microsoft has released the first trailer for Halo: The Fall of Reach, an upcoming animated series that explores the origins of Master Chief and Blue Team. Watching the series should help players better understand the story of Halo 5: Guardians, as Chief and Blue Team are at the heart of the narrative.

The Fall of Reach is based on the 2001 Erik Nylund novel of the same name. It's a three-act series that is set both before and after the Covenant attack. It's meant to provide new details on the SPARTAN-II program and members of Blue Team.

You can watch the visually striking trailer below--there is even a glimpse at young John's face.

A "Canon Fodder" post on the Halo Waypoint blog dives much deeper into Halo: The Fall of Reach. Halo franchise development director Frank O'Connor explains that there may be some differences between the novel and the animated series, but the spirit of the book will be kept intact.

"Without getting into the weeds, we've been careful to align with the novel where it makes sense, but in visualizing the universe--which has evolved so much in the intervening years--we were presented with a few challenges, but also a lot of opportunities," he said. "So you'll see a few differences, choices of Covenant ship, weapons and so on, but it adheres tightly to the core canon, with a few flourishes here and there to fill in gaps or smooth over previous errors."

Executive producer Kiki Wolfkill goes on to explain how Halo 5 players may benefit from viewing Halo: The Fall of Reach.

"The theme of family and the bonds that exist between soldiers (and even AI) has always been intriguing for us. We left the Master Chief at the end of Halo 4 contemplating a future without Cortana. Who can the Master Chief trust? In Halo 5: Guardians, John is reunited with Blue Team who represents a different kind of family for him--what is their bond and how was it forged? Halo: The Fall of Reach explores not just John's origin story but also that of Blue Team itself."

Halo: The Fall of Reach is included with the Halo 5 premium versions. Everyone else can buy it separately a week after Halo 5 launches on October 27. Standalone pricing has not been announced.

At Comic-Con last week, developer 343 Industries responded to concerns about the fact that the $250 Halo 5 Limited Collector's Edition does not come with a physical disc. The developer also warned fans not to rush through the game's campaign and discussed Halo 5's length and 60fps frame rate.

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