Halo 4 Launch Trailer Shows Master Chief’s Past

    October 19, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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Last week it was announced that the Halo 4 launch trailer would debut during Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on October 18. Today, the trailer has been released onto Halo Waypoint and has spread to all parts of the internet.

The trailer, titled Scanned, was produced by David Fincher and directed by Tim Miller, who has worked on the visual effects for projects such as X-Men, X-2, and Where the Wild Things Are. It’s nearly two and a half minutes long, and cuts back-and-forth between previews of the events in Halo 4 and short vignettes from Master Chief’s past, back when he was just John.

The flashbacks are live-action, which has become a staple of Halo trailers. Through the eyes of the Chief we see an idyllic childhood cut short and the brutal creation of the first spartans.

The November 6 release of Halo 4 is now less than 3 weeks away. In the meantime, be sure to watch the live-action Halo web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, which tells a story of UNSC academy cadets just before the war with the Covenant, and leads into the beginning of Halo 4.

  • AntoineFlemming

    WOW, just realized that Halo 4 took inspiration from the two failed Stargate SG-1 games: SG-1 the Alliance and Stargate Worlds. The tagline “An Ancient Evil Awakens” is taken from the Alliance tagline which is the same iirc. The Prometheans, specifically the way their weapons come together when you first equip them, bear resemblance to SGW’s Straegis. Hmmm. Interesting how they work much better in Halo :)