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Today at Comic Con, 343 Industries showed off the first trailer for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a live-action series inspired by the shooter franchise. The five-episode series tells a tale that sets up the story of Halo 4.

Forward Unto Dawn opens at the United Nations Space Command academy. Cadet Thomas Lasky and his classmates are preparing for military service when suddenly the Covenant and human war begins. Over the course of the five-episode series, we'll see Lasky grow as a soldier. On his journey, he'll get an unexpected mentor: Master Chief.

The first episode will debut on October 5th. You'll be able to view it online through YouTube channel Machinima Prime. Halo Waypoint will air the episodes as well. The full series will be released over the course of the month leading up to Halo 4's November 6th launch.

If you purchase the $99.99 Limited Edition of Halo 4, you'll get access to the extended version of Forward Unto Dawn. The extended edition provides bonus behind-the-scenes footage as well as additional backstory.

I've always been impressed by the live-action work Microsoft has done for previous Halo games and, judging by the trailer below, this live-action series will live up to that high bar of quality. It's baffling that they can't convince anyone to make a Halo feature film.