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Check out this first, in-depth look at Halo: Nightfall, the Ridley Scott-produced live action series based on Bungie/343 Industries’ hit shooter franchise. The series will serve as a prequel to the upcoming Halo 5 Guardians. One of the first announced projects of Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios, it survived the short-lived studio’s collapse in July 2014.

Meet Jameson Locke (played by Mike Colter), a covert agent for the elite intelligence agency Oni. He leads the show’s scrappy group of operatives from a bucolic Earth to much more forbidding environs. Locke’s journey forms the heart of the show, providing the backstory to his character whom fans will meet again in Halo 5.

Related: San Diego Comic Con offers up a first look at Halo: Nightfall

The show’s producers are excited to share another, more human side of the Halo universe. “It also allows us to explore the Halo environment in a much more, sort of primal way, in the sense that these characters are literally coming to life” said Dave Zucker, president of Scott Free Productions.

Halo: Nightfall will arrive later this year, comprising five episodes released as streaming video through Halo: The Master Chief Collection and The Halo Channel app on Xbox. It will bridge the time between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5.

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