While You Wait For The Next Halo Game, Microsoft Is Launching A New Master Chief Story

Halo: Collateral damage is a three-part mini-series about Chief's exploits during the Covenant War.

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While no new Halo games have been announced, those looking to learn more about main character Master Chief now have something to look forward to this year. Microsoft today announced Halo: Collateral Damage, a new, three-part mini-series book that shines a light on Chief "during some of his exploits in the Covenant War."

Here is the official description, as shared by Microsoft on Halo Waypoint:

"Halo: Collateral Damage follows the Master Chief and Blue Team as they are deployed by the UNSC to an unstable colony world. Their mission: to terminate the Covenant's efforts to uncover something ancient and powerful beneath the planet's surface. However, as the mission takes a turn for the unexpected, the Spartan-II strike team realizes that the stakes of their mission are higher than they imagined, and they'll have to rely on each other and a small group of human rebels to survive."

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Collateral Damage is being written by Alex Irvine, who previously wrote Halo: Rise of Atriox #4, along with the Iron Man story The Rapture. Doing the art for Collateral Damage are David Crosland (artist), Leonard O'Grady (colorist), Simon Bowland (letterer), and Zak Hartong (cover).

Issue 1 of Collateral Damage will be available to buy starting on June 6, with pre-orders at comic stores available now. You can see the first piece of art from the series above.

We know that Halo 6--or whatever Microsoft decides to call the next mainline Halo game--is in development, but it has not yet been officially announced. Despite that, we know it will have split-screen support, which is good news considering that Halo 5 left it out. In other news, developer 343 recently stressed that its ongoing support of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will not have an impact on the next core Halo game.

2015's Halo 5 was the last entry in the core FPS series. There was three years between 2012's Halo 4 and Halo 5, so if Microsoft is keeping with that schedule, Halo 6 could be out this year. Of course, it hasn't been announced yet, but we sure do hope to see or hear about it during the Xbox E3 2018 briefing in June.

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