With the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con in full swing, Microsoft was proud to announce Halo Legends, a project that will bring some of the top anime studios together to flesh out the Halo universe via seven different short films. Think of this as the Halo version of the Animatrix.
The project is being produced by Microsoft's 343 Industries in conjuction with Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed, Appleseed EX Machina) and Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), both of whom will play the part of creative director on Halo Legends. Additional production will come from Joseph Chou of J-Spec Pictures and the films will be distributed by Warner Home Video through both the retail and digital distribution fronts.
So who is getting involved in Halo Legends? Expects shorts from such studios as Bones Inc., Casio Entertainment, Production I.G., Studio 4(degree)C, and Toei Animation who will each explore different characters, themes, and times that make up the Halo-verse.
“The opportunity to work with talents such as Shinji Aramaki, Mamoru Oshii and others from some of the greatest anime studios is a very rare opportunity for Microsoft,” said Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director and provider of story and creative direction for 343 Industries. “We’ve seen the world through Master Chief’s eyes, and we’ve experienced facets of the universe through a variety of literary prisms, but now we get to watch new tales unfold in really rich, visually dynamic ways. I think anime fans and ‘Halo’ fans alike are in for a real treat.”
Halo Legends is aiming for an early 2010 release.