'Halo: Nightfall' Trailer: Bridging The Halo Games With A Digital Series

Here's the first Halo: Nightfall trailer. The digital series is produced by Ridley Scott, and his Scott Free Productions and Microsoft's 343 Industries. It stars Mike Colter (The Good Wife) in a story that acts as a bridge between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. (Colter's character Jameson Locke will play a big role in the forthcoming game.)

Even if you weren't told that Ridley Scott had some influence as a producer here, you might be able to guess. There are a lot of very Prometheus-inspired visuals in this trailer, and some of that film's Iceland locations seem to have been used here, too. You'll see what we mean when you watch the trailer below.

In a Comic Con Q&A, Halo's franchise development director Frank O'Connor explains that Nightfall takes place in part on a "partially functioning fragment of the original Halo ring," which has crashed to a colony planet.

While most of Microsoft's original content development initiative was scrapped just recently, this effort lives on, along with the Steven Spielberg produced Halo series that is taking much longer to come together.

Halo: Nightfall will be released as part of The Master Chief Collection this fall, and will eventually be available in other forms as well.

It also stars Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day) as Talitha Macer; Steve Waddington (The Last Of The Mohicans) as Randall Aiken; Luke Neal (Wilderness) as Michael Bradley Horrigan; Alexander Bhat as Alistair Bov Estrin; Christian Contreras (Zero Dark Thirty) as Gregory Aio Ramos; Jennie Gruner (The Other Side Of The Street) as Samantha Wisner; Alexis Rodney (Kick-Ass 2) as Arris Le; Eric Kofi Abrefa (Tight Jeans) as Haisal Wari; Shaun Blaney (Made In Belfast) as Mason Hundley and Sarah Armstrong (Drunk In Love) as Jordan Gaines.

Halo: Nightfall introduces a pivotal new character, Jameson Locke, a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Earth's most powerful and secretive military branch. When he and his team are caught in a horrific biological attack, they unravel a plot that draws them to an ancient, hellish artifact, where they will be forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives. Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall is Locke's origin story which will lend insight and understanding into the character he becomes in Halo 5: Guardians.