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Halo meets 'The Office' in trailer for 'Respawn,' comedic live-action Halo web series

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Respawn, a live-action Halo web series, will explore the discussions that soldiers have in the moments between their action on the battlefield, according to the series' debut trailer.

In the trailer, two UNSC soldiers make small talk as they sip coffee and water in a break room, commenting on less experienced players ("the occasional noob"), their buttoned-up boss and the human-resources rep "who's always on our case." The series takes place while the combatants are respawning, waiting to jump back into the fray. It appears to offer a very different tone from Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Microsoft's own canonical live-action series.

Respawn will include break room scenes as well as live-action sequences of multiplayer combat that were filmed in a dormant volcano in central Utah, said director Boston McConnaughey in an interview with XBLGamerhub. "Inside of the Respawn room we follow an office comedy with very much a [sitcom-type] feel," he said, while "out in the battlefield we have epic moments accented by the [characters'] humorous attitudes.

"We aimed to capture moments that will feel [awe-inspiring], and yet overall hopefully make Halo fans laugh and cheer."

Nine episodes of Respawn are planned, some of which will exclusively contain funny battle sequences. The shorts will be released every two weeks on YouTube.

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