Among Microsoft’s surprises is that the Halo TV series is real and coming 2022

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Microsoft dropped some big surprises during its 20th anniversary stream for the Xbox console: The biggest Halo Infinite multiplayer ever is live right now. There was another Halo-themed announcement, though it was surprising in its own way: a trailer for the live-action Halo TV series and a 2022 date.

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Not that we get to see a huge amount, it’s all about the slow-paced close-up of Master Chief, who certainly puts on his Mjolnir armor at number 117, before any female voice calls him. Call the name (presumably Cortana though it could be Dr. Katherine Halsey, played by Jane Taylor). The Master Chief in this production is being played by Pablo Schreiber.

I’m only surprised to see the trailer because this thing has been in proper development hell for centuries. Ever since Bungie released some live action Halo 3 shorts (including a short film directed by the aforementioned District 9 director Neil Blomkamp), rumors have circulated about the project. It was originally scheduled for a 2015 release, with Steven Spielberg on production duties.

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Then it was followed by a 10-episode Showtime version in 2018, which never came out. This is what was eventually taken over by Paramount+, where it will air next year. The show’s budget is now an estimated $200 million, so at least you’d expect some nice plasma gun effects.

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