Microsoft and 343 Industries today unveiled the trailer for the upcoming live-action mini-series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, set to debut on Machinima and Halo Waypoint on October 5. There will be five episodes total, leading up to the release on Halo 4 on November 6.

Forward Unto Dawn chronicles the beginning of the Human-Covenant War and leads straight into the story of Halo 4, following the story of several cadets-in-training at the UNSC academy.

"Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky struggles with his doubts about this war, and with the burden of expectations he may not be able to carry," reads a press release sent out today. As Lasky comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance known as the Covenant arrives and turns his world upside down. Inspired by the Master Chief, he must decide what it means to be a hero."

We're guessing it means blowing some Covenant the hell up. Are you looking forward to Forward Unto Dawn? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter.