Halo, the popular video game franchise developed by Microsoft has launched into a new licensing adventure spanning television, arcade gaming and the anticipated release of its latest title.
Showtime, Amblin Television and 343 Industries are finalising talks around the production of a Halo television series.
The world of Halo will make its small screen premiere with ten hour-long episodes set in the universe that first caught the public in 2001. The series will dramatise the conflict between humanity and the alien threat known as the Covenant.
Production is set to begin in 2019.
Kyle Killen (Awake) will join forces with Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) to executive produce and direct respectively the series which will be distributed globally by CBS Studios International.
Meanwhile, 343 Industries has confirmed that the next chapter in the “Halo” saga, “Halo Infinite” is in active development. A new “Halo” video game experience centred on the Master Chief, “Halo Infinite” was revealed at this year’s E3.
Whetting the gaming community’s appetite for all things “Halo”, 343 Industries’ You Tube “Halo Infinite” trailer received a staggering 5 million views.
If that wasn’t enough, a new coin-operated arcade machine game, “Halo: Fireteam Raven”, has just launched across the world including in the US and Canada.
In Australia, the cooperative arcade sci-fi shooting game from the arcade outfit Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix in partnership with 343 Industries has launched in the United States and Sydney and will progressively roll-out across the globe.
Housed in an epic arcade machine with a 130-inch, 4k screen experience and four turret-mounted multipurpose machine guns which allow four players to fight Covenant troops, spacecraft, and vehicles, encounter the horrifying “Flood” infestation — and save the galaxy in frenetic, explosive combat.
In Australia and New Zealand, Merchantwise Licensing represents licensing and merchandise development for Microsoft brands, “Halo” and Xbox.
“With over 77 million games sold and $US 5 billion in global business, Microsoft’s “Halo” has made its mark as one of the greatest video game franchises of all time, having also generated over $US 1.6 billion from merchandise sales alone," said Merchantwise managing director, Alan Schauder.
"These latest developments, including the new “Halo”-inspired TV show will rocket the brand to even greater heights over the next few years. It’s a very exciting time to be a part of the “Halo” universe.”