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Ridley Scott 'Halo' digital feature won't feature Master Chief

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Microsoft unveiled its line-up of original TV programming for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows devices on Monday. It also confirmed not one but two “Halo” projects with the newest coming Ridley Scott and Scott Free Productions. President of Xbox Entertainment Studios Nancy Tellem revealed a little of what to expect for the digital feature in an interview.

The Scott Free Productions will be similar to what 343 Industries produced for “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” according to Tellem’s interview with Venturebeat. However, she says that it will have bigger budget than “Forward Unto Dawn” which was shot for around $10 million.

Master Chief will not be featured in this “Halo” production, unlike "Forward Unto Danw", but a character from the game will be according to Gigaom. The feature will serve to expand the existing game universe and shooting will start next week in both Ireland and Iceland.

The “Halo” project from Scott Free Productions is due out by the end of the year though Gigaom reports that it is due out in October. Both the digital feature and the Steven Spielberg produced “Halo” series will be connected.

The “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” series was distributed through the YouTube Machinima channel and has received more than 50 million views to date. The entire series was wrapped up in a Blu-ray and DVD release as well as digital distribution through Amazon, Netflix and other channels.

How the Ridley Scott produced “Halo” digital feature will be distributed is still up for question along with the rest of the Xbox Originals line-up of programming. Tellem stated that Microsoft is still in the early stages of how this content will be available. It’s unknown if an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription will be required or if it will be ad-supported or if it will be available as a rental on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. A combination of two or more of these possibilities seems likely though followed by a larger release Blu-ray/DVD and digital release outside of the Xbox ecosystem.

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