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Master Chief TV Show Actor Teases News For Xbox’s 20th Anniversary On Monday

Pablo Schreiber, who plays Master Chief in the upcoming Halo TV show, has teased that “something very exciting” is going to happen on Monday, November 15.

Halo’s transmedia boss, Kiki Wolfkill, replied to the tweet, saying, “crazy talk.” The suggestion here is that Microsoft will finally show or further discuss the long-awaited Halo TV show on Monday as part of Xbox 20th anniversary festivities. Nothing is confirmed yet, however.

Schreiber is joined by Californication’s Natascha McElhone as Dr. Halsey. Jen Taylor, who voices Cortana in the video games, will voice the character on the TV show as well.

Wolfkill has said the Halo franchise as an FPS is limited in terms of its storytelling opportunity since the main storyline focuses on one character: Master Chief. But with the TV show, there is an opportunity to widen the franchise and look at more characters and plot points. The steps that Microsoft is taking with the Halo TV show may not please everyone, Wolfkill admitted.

“In a first-person shooter, there is only so much of a character journey because of that wanting to maintain some of that character for people to pour into him or her,” she said. “So TV gives us a long form ability to really focus on character and story in a way that’s harder to relay in a first-person game.”

Wolfkill alluded to this previously, saying the Halo TV show will be similar to Game of Thrones in terms of the “scope and scale and complexity of relationships.”

“A lot of the background of Halo is this sort of political drama. It’s something that [is touched on] really lightly in the games and you see more of in some of the other mediums,” she said. “Some of that [Game of Thrones-style] complexity is interesting.”

Unlike Game of Thrones, however, the Halo TV show will not feature incest. “No incest planned at all for this show, I’ll say that. If you’re looking for that, you won’t find it here,” Wolfkill said.

The Halo TV show will premiere in 2022 on Paramount+. As for the game series, Halo Infinite is finally releasing on December 8, though a rumor suggests the multiplayer might release on November 15.

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