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Halo: Reach “Birth of a Spartan” live action short hitting April 27

Monday, 26 April 2010 14:37 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Microsoft just announced that a new Halo live action short, Birth of a Spartan, will be released on April 27 as a promo for the upcoming Reach beta.

The movie, directed by Noam Murro, is a “stirring depiction” of the transformation of Carter 259, the leader of Noble Team in Halo: Reach, from an ordinary young man to a “superhuman Spartan warrior.” Power.

The 60 second short premieres in the UK on Tuesday, April 27 via Sky Sports 2 at the end of the Champions League semi-final between Lyon and Bayern Munich. It’s being shown again on Wednesday, 28 April on ITV 1 after the Champions League Semi Final between Barcelona vs Inter Milan.

The short will be available on Reach’s teaser site on Tuesday, April 27 at 5.00 am GMT.

The Halo: Reach beta goes live on May 3. Check out our impressions here. Check out a just-published 35-minute video of it here.

Press release below.

Witness the Dramatic “Birth of a Spartan” in the Stunning Live-Action Short for the Biggest Blockbuster Game of 2010, “Halo: Reach”

LONDON – 26 April 2010 – Brace yourselves for a riveting glimpse into one of the darkest secrets of the “Halo” universe. This week is the premiere of “Birth of a Spartan,” a live-action short directed by award-winning director Noam Murro. Airing on multiple U.K. and U.S. TV networks and also showing in cinemas across North America, “Birth of a Spartan” is a stirring depiction of the transformation of Carter 259, the future leader of Noble Team in “Halo: Reach,” from an ordinary young man to a superhuman Spartan warrior.

The highly classified bio-augmentation procedure is a Spartan candidate’s final and most difficult ordeal before joining the ranks of the legendary soldiers. The dramatic interpretation of Carter’s rebirth as a Spartan embodies the themes of courage, sacrifice and honor in “Halo: Reach” and gives viewers a unique look into the origins of a central character in the upcoming blockbuster game.

The 60 second ad short premieres in the U.K. on Tuesday, April 27 via Sky Sports 2 at the full time whistle of the Champions League semi-final between Lyon and Bayern Munich. Watch it live or on demand on Sky Player, Sky’s online TV service on Xbox 360 via Xbox LIVE. And if you miss it, catch it again on Wednesday 28th April on ITV 1 after the Champions League Semi Final between Barcelona vs Inter Milan. The short will also air on multiple shows across sixteen other U.K. and U.S. TV networks, including Comedy Central, Spike TV, Bravo, FX, TNT and TBS.

The short will be available on www.welcometonobleteam.com on Tuesday, April 27 at 5.00 am GMT. In addition to being able to view the short, users can also upload a photo of themselves and get an image created of them as a Spartan III. On the following day a special, extended two minute 30 second version will be available for download on Xbox LIVE exclusively for Gold members. The ad short will also premiere on April 28 in cinemas across North America in select theaters with screenings through the opening weekend of “Iron Man 2” and concludes on May 13.

“Birth of a Spartan” was directed by Noam Murro, the director of the 2008 feature film “Smart People” and numerous award-winning ad spots for Toshiba, Saturn, Volkswagen and more. The recipient of the Director’s Guild of America’s 2005 Director of the Year award, Murro was also recently named the U.K.’s #1 director by Campaign magazine. For production of the short, Microsoft partnered with Biscuit Filmworks Co., a production company Murro founded in 2000.

Developed by acclaimed studio Bungie, “Halo: Reach” launches this autumn exclusively on Xbox 360, and is available for pre-order today in standard, Limited and Legendary editions. The “Halo: Reach” multiplayer beta, which is poised to be the definitive Xbox LIVE event of this spring, kicks off in one week on May 3. Players can access the beta via the “Halo 3: ODST” campaign disc.

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16 Comments

  1. mington

    Be good to see the Elites in live action

    #1 5 years ago
  2. daytripper

    be good to see youtube videos of kids getting furious when they get killed in the beta

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    What i always liked about Halo franchise… YEs, YES, fanboys… are enraged.

    I liked two things:

    1) Music from Michael Salvatori and Martin O’Donnell. Music is brilliant and probably why this game is popular if we will not count marketing campaigns and e.t.c.

    2) Live Action Movies – pretty cool i must say. They have a feel of a strong blockbuster holywood movie and thats a very good feel.

    Except of that, Halo is SHIT, until someone will justify its marketing campaign with a good game, it sucks and admit it. Atleast your brain need to do that sooner or later or you are a goner. The horror. THE HORROR!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. daytripper

    @3 forcing your opinion on people to get reactions, i thought you were a bit smarter than that.

    agree about halo games though, imo i just dont see what the fuss is about.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Freek

    If it was all marketing then people would only buy the game and then quickly stop playing it.
    That isn’t the case at all, the games have stayed amongst the most popular Xbox live games consistently.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Gadzooks!

    When a child sees a group of people participating in, and getting great enjoyment from a pasttime that they are not allowed to join in with, the natural reaction is to brand that pasttime as ‘shit’.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @5 I agree at some point. But this game really sells better in US then in Europe or other countries. Thats just strange but i saw really big marketing campaign only there.

    @4 I’m not forcing anything. If you don’t like what i write just ignore it and join Gadzooks or something. I’m just trying to understand why this game generate massive hype when i saw everything the same but much better long ago. Thats it.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Gheritt White

    @6: Very well observed.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Gheritt White

    @7: We get that, really we do. But would it hurt to not flame *every single* Halo:Reach article?

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    @9 Not every single. I flame only interesting Halo articles :D. So STFU :D
    Like Halo gameplay (I was interested in it, maybe it have a great gameplay, when i watched, i just see an excitement about simple stuff.)

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Gheritt White

    @ Erthazus: I take it you are open to sensible, reasoned discussion? If so, I think that maybe you’d enjoy reading this article. It’s a first impressions piece about Halo: Reach, written by somebody who shares your views and profoundly dislikes the Halo franchise.

    Please, read it and let us know your thoughts.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    That guy is my hero and i agree with him absolutely, except that he said that Halo is a Quake 3 wannabe, no, i think it’s more like Unreal Tournament wannabe…

    Still reading… But that guy speaks the truth. I will update this post.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Benjo1981

    @11

    I’m guessing Mr Erthazus is trying to formulate a way to subvert the theme of the second half of that article to his own agenda..

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    I agree with him absolutely in everything. I just can’t say more. Genius and informative, but if he said the truth about Halo:Reach then it’s probably now a GAME.

    “And yeah, it’s still kind of slow”

    Disappointment. Fast-dynamic FPS action can’t be slow and David Houghton know that. But it’s a very interesting opinion or post or whatsoever. Gheritt if you remember, i said about this One fucking hundred times that HALO franchise have a potential to be a masterpiece but not in Bungie hands, if developers like Valve or Epic could make Halo as the fast-paced-dynamic FPS with deep mechanics = masterpiece 100%

    PS:

    ***
    I hated the action-figure presentation, the bland universe, and the total lack of personality anywhere in the game. I hated the fact that all my time in the campaign was spent trying to work out how to move at a decent pace, until I realised that you can’t in Halo. I hated the bog-basic, meat-and-potatoes multiplayer, an experience that desperately wished it was Quake 3 but was hampered by the fact that it played like it had been wrapped in treacle. Underwater treacle. In short, Halo played like a sort of “My first FPS”, a training wheels version of a proper shooter, and it did nothing of interest for me whatsoever. And it stayed that way right through to Halo 3.
    ***

    Genius. Yeah, thats how i feel in most cases.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gheritt White

    Well, if you agree with him and even *he* says he’s “hopeful“, then maybe there’s enough to look forward to for you to have a bit more of an open mind?

    At least, can we see a few less “Halo is SHIT” style posts (over and over again), please?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @15 no, you won’t see less until i will try it (Ok, ok, you will see less shit about Halo, ok i understand that you are all Fanboys and you like Halo. O K.). Even if he is hopeful, i still saw SHIT.

    I will try the game, my friend have 360, he don’t have ODST but we will get it and try it out together.

    If i will like the game you will see good attitude. I’m still skeptical, but from what i read from that David Houghton. Absolutely same opinion.

    #16 5 years ago

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    Destiny developer Bungie won’t stop tinkering with Exotic weapons. In Destiny, Exotic weapons are supposed to be the best of the best – and to feel unique. Guns like Ice Breaker and Gjallahorn definitely hit the mark there (although less so when everyone has one), but unfortunately, there are a few that just don’t strike […]

  • Is Uncharted 4′s first trailer a tribute to Crash Bandicoot?

    Uncharted 4′s first proper trailer bears some remarkable similarities to the opening moments of a much earlier Naughty Dog game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has more in common with Crash Bandicoot than you might think. It’s Naughty Dog’s first game on a new console, yes – but if you compare Uncharted 4′s E3 2014 […]

  • Sonic console games will continue, says Iizuka

    Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka has said there are no plans to stop making Sonic games. Sonic hasn’t retired from the ranks just yet. “Please rest assured, I personally have no plans to stop making Sonic games for home consoles,” Iizuka told 4Gamer [Japanese]. The comment arose after the site asked if Sonic would become […]

  • Stealth Inc. 2 coming to PSN, apparently

    Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones will soon be available on PlayStation platforms, if a trophy list is to be believed. Stealth Inc. 2 initially launched as a Wii U exclusive, disappointing fans of Curve Studios’ tough action game. We’ve heard nothing to contradict this, but Exophase, a generally reliable source, has dug up […]

  • Runescape developer has an “undisclosed MMO” in the works

    Runescape developer Jagex is working on something new. According to Jagex’s careers page, the developer has a new, unannounced game in the works. Its advertisement for a lead programmer makes explicit mention of an “undisclosed MMO”. The ad mentions the new title is in “the preliminary stages of redefining the cross platform MMORPG genre” and […]

  • Destiny PvP rewards system to be addressed

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it will change the way Crucible rewards work. Destiny players are always complaining about the perfidy of RNGesus, but there’s one area where it particularly hurts: the Crucible. PvP players often receive nothing at all for excellent performances, and sometimes Guardians receive the best drops merely for logging in as […]

  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 in the works for 3DS

    Azure Striker Gunvolt is getting a sequel. Azure Striker Gunvolt developer Inti Creates has confirmed that the sidescroller has been popular enough to warrant a second instalment. The sequel will also be released on 3DS, the team said on Facebook. Very little information is available at present, unfortunately. “As time goes on we will have […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 not delayed, says developer

    Life is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment has said the second episode is on track for release this month. I guess it would know. Life is Strange Episode 2 has been expected on March 13, but late last week Square Enix told Destructoid it had been delayed. Dontnod has since denied this report, describing it as […]

  • First SteamVR game reveal is Job Simulator

    Job Simulator is the first game to be announced specifically for SteamVR, Valve’s virtual reality tech. Shoot Many Robots and Aaaaa! For the Awesome! developer Owlchemy Labs is the first team to put its hand up and say it’s worked with SteamVR. In a blog post, the studio unveiled Job Simulator, which will be playable […]

  • HTC, Valve partner for Vive VR headset

    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]