Christmas really has come early for the world’s gamers. Not only has Xbox confirmed the next level of console in the shape of Xbox One, but Halo is to get its own TV series. Yes, we did our victory dance, too.
Of course Halo’s developers 343 Industries aren’t leaving the production of this groundbreaking live-action show to just anyone. In a shock announcement, studio head Bonnie Ross revealed director Steven Spielberg would be joining the project. Steven Spielberg. There were actual whoops of joy.
Bonnie, who describes Steven as “one of the best storytellers of all time” said how inspiring it has been to see television become a medium to bring more ambitious worlds and adventures to life. She added, “I’m excited by the potential of merging the storytelling magic of television with the interactive interaction of Xbox One.”
Halo comes with an undeniably huge (and vocal) following. The games, novels and web series ‘Forward Unto Dawn’ have all stormed through the gaming arena. There’s even said to be a nickname for other games that try to step into Halo’s world – ‘Halo killer’. This is serious stuff.
Spielberg, quite fittingly, joined the conference via video link. He said, “I’ve been playing games for decades. Over the years that experience has exploded from the simple pixels of Pong to worlds that are as immersive as, and certainly more physically interactive than, those portrayed on the silver screen.
“The Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at that intersection where technology and myth making meet to produce something really groundbreaking. I’m excited about the great journey we’re on and the wonders that Halo will take us on,” Spielberg added.
“We’ve welcomed Steven Spielberg to the Halo universe,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. Well who better, eh? He’s got Shrek, Toonsylvania, The Best of Roger Rabbit under his belt… oh OK, and a few little flicks like Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park III and Schindler’s List that you may have heard of.