Microsoft spent nearly $10 million on the series, making the project Microsoft's largest live-action promotion. The series was written by Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing, and directed by Stewart Hendler.
This is the fourth episode, with one more to go. The series debuted on Oct. 5, 2012, with five 15-minute live-action shorts promised. A 90-minute extended version of the digital series will included with the Limited Edition version Halo 4 game; it will also be available on Blu-ray, DVD, Xbox Video, iTunes and video on demand services in December of this year, in the U.S. and Canada.
The final episode will release on Friday, Nov. 2, but there might be a distraction on that day: the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad (in wi-fi only form) will release on that day.
The Blu-ray and DVD versions of the series are scheduled to release on Dec. 4, 2012, and will include bonus features including audio commentary from director Stewart Hendler, and 343 Industries, the developers of the Halo 4 game (prior games were developed by Bungie; 343 is a subsidiary of Microsoft).
The game is set for a worldwide release on Nov. 6, 2012, with the exception of Japan, where the game will be released on Nov. 8, 2012.
In the fourth episode of "Forward Unto Dawn," the Covenant assault the Corbulo Academy of Military Science, and someone shows up to help the cadets: Master Chief.