Halo 4 details released
Thu, 17 May 2012 9:57a.m.
As millions of fans worldwide await the return of the Master Chief with the launch of Halo 4 on November 6, Microsoft and 343 Industries today revealed all-new details.
Set almost five years after the events of Halo 3, Halo 4 takes the series in a new direction and sets the stage for a new sci-fi saga, in which the Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.
Halo 4 will introduce a groundbreaking new multiplayer offering, called Halo Infinity Multiplayer, building off Halo’s rich multiplayer history and promising to continue to innovate and redefine the way people think about storytelling and multiplayer experiences.
The hub of the Halo 4 multiplayer experience is the UNSC Infinity – the largest starship in the UNSC fleet which serves as the centre of the player’s Spartan career.
In the hub, players will build your custom Spartan-IV supersoldier, and progress across all Halo 4 competitive and cooperative game modes. Surrounded by the sights, sounds and crew of the biggest vessel in the UNSC fleet, the multiplayer experience will be embedded in the fiction of Halo, with progress and game choices affecting appearance, arsenal, and role on the battlefield.
The story of the UNSC Infinity intersects with the Halo 4 campaign, then continues on in a brand-new, story-driven experience known as Spartan Ops.
A new addition to the Halo franchise, Spartan Ops is an episodic adventure blending storytelling, cinematics, and action-packed gameplay to deliver a serialized experience.
Through a weekly series of cinematic episodes on Xbox LIVE, Spartan Ops will tell the continuing story of the UNSC Infinity, following the events of Halo 4.
These episodes will centre on the UNSC Infinity leaders and crew, and a new team of Spartans – Majestic Squad. These cinematic episodes will provide the backdrop for the weekly Spartan Ops gameplay missions. Playable in single-player or cooperatively (with up to three friends), explore the corners of Requiem in these objective-based missions, and help uncover the secrets of the mysterious Forerunner world.
Access to Spartan Ops is included with Halo 4 at no additional charge – effectively delivering two campaign experiences in one game.
The competitive multiplayer modes of Halo 4, known as War Games, take place on the combat deck of the UNSC Infinity.
Halo 4 introduces fresh, immersive new game modes and strategies to help you progress your Spartan-IV career, while also delivering an experience that’s still distinctly and uniquely Halo. More details on all the modes of War Games will be released at a later time.
The Halo 4 player progression system will go beyond simple aesthetic upgrades, encouraging players to invest time and effort to create a Spartan which looks and plays the way they want.
Players can earn and activate combat enhancements called “Specializations” based on the style of play they engage in, from stealth to all-out assault, and everything in between.
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