Deliver Hope is a live-action trailer for Halo: Reach, part of the Remember Reach marketing campaign. It was released on August 26, 2010 and has a runtime of 1:06. The trailer takes place before the events of the actual game, during the battle on the colony of Fumirole, where Noble Team destroys a CCS-class Battlecruiser using a Medium Fusion Destructive Device.
An extended cut of the trailer, which lasts for 2:31, was released on September 6, 2010 exclusively on YouTube.
The video opens with Kat-B320 running across a battlefield in a ruined human city, holding an MFDD while firing an M6G sidearm with her other hand. Covenant ground forces, including Sangheili Ultras and Unggoy, can be seen assaulting human troops. The view cuts to show Jorge-052, supporting regular human infantry with his heavy machine gun and faces forward where you can see Emile-A239 waving Kat through to the left. The camera briefly cuts to show a wider view of the battle, revealing a Covenant CCS-class battlecruiser, Sanctity of Purification, hovering above the city while two UH-144 Falcons fly past the camera, their turrets firing at targets on the ground.
The camera then cuts to Kat's first-person view, with her arming the MFDD. A five-minute countdown appears on her heads-up display. She keeps running through the battlefield, and in the background, Carter-A259 can be seen assassinating an Elite. Several shots of Kat running are shown, one from first-person view of her firing her pistol (killing a Skirmisher) and another showing the reflection of the Covenant cruiser on her faceplate. A first-person view of Jun-A266 seeing Kat under fire is shown, in which he raises his sniper rifle's scope and then snipes an Ultra. After Kat leaps over an obstacle, a Banshee swoops overhead, and fires a plasma bolt from its Fuel Rod Cannon. The bolt impacts the ground right next to Kat, and the explosion sends her flying through the air, leaving her and the nuke lying on the ground. The nuke is shown to have two minutes left in its countdown display.
Thom-293 arrives at the spot where Kat is lying, briefly looks at her, and then picks up the nuke. Kat's eyes are shown reflected in her cracked visor as she watches Thom activate his jetpack, take off and fly toward the Covenant cruiser, entering the ship through its gravity lift. Inside, he rushes to a ledge overlooking a hangar bay where multiple Phantoms and Banshees are docked, and countless Unggoy move on the lower floor. Thom tosses the MFDD down and starts running back the way he entered the room. As the nuke flies to the camera, its display shows 00:01 left in the countdown.
The view cuts to an overhead shot of the cruiser, its shields fluctuating uncontrollably as multiple explosions bloom across the hull. Text is shown on the screen:
The view zooms out as the explosion engulfs the Covenant ship, to the Fumirole's orbit, where more explosions and fires are seen in different points on the surface. Text shown:
The view then fades to black and the Halo: Reach logo appears, along with the game's release date of 9.14.2010. The Bungie and Microsoft Game Studios logos are seen in the lower left and right-hand corners of the screen, respectively. The video ends in the Xbox 360 logo being shown on the screen.
The live-action trailer was directed by Noam Murro and edited by Angus Wall. The trailer features an original musical score written and produced by Human, with Brian Emrich as sound designer. The entire trailer was filmed on location in Prague. For the production of Deliver Hope, Microsoft and Bungie partnered with advertisement agency Agency 215, Legacy Effects and Method Studios. Visual design assets such as the interior of the Covenant cruiser or concept art for the MFDD were provided by Bungie.
During production, the early storyboards showed Kat's arm being severed, presumably by the fuel rod cannon blast that knocks her down. However, the scene was deemed too violent for television and was subsequently cut. Instead smoke is emitted from Kat's right shoulder, indicating a possible issue with her arm, and hinting that it needed to be amputated. Artist Steve Skroce produced several storyboards for the trailer, initially being told by the director his work was "too good", as he had spent so long on each image they had started to turn into "fan fiction".
Bungie's Associate Producer Dave Lieber produced a sound dialogue (provided on the right) of an Elite commander giving out a rousing speech for his combatants after being asked to explore what Elites might sound like just before a big battle. This sound dialogue was absent in the final production.