Taking video game plotlines and adapting them for television has had a shaky past. What kind of story should the series portray? Should it be an exact retelling of the source material? If so, why not just play the game itself? 

For gamers and television fanatics, it’s important that a new experience is created that’s appropriate for the medium. This challenge is what Paramount+ has taken on with the critically acclaimed Halo series (streaming now on the platform). Taking the iconic Xbox franchise in a different direction has allowed those familiar with the Halo games to experience another side of the iconic Master Chief, a genetically modified super soldier who battles throughout the universe as humanity’s last hope against a colossal alien threat. 

“To tell the best Halo stories we can, we want to protect the integrity, simplicity, and future of the core canon, but also not be limited by it when faced with the realities of a new medium and the process of production,” Kiki Wolfkill, studio head of Halo transmedia and entertainment at 343 Industries, said during a recent interview.