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Halo 4 Confirmed For November 6th Release

Master Chief returns.

Microsoft has just confirmed that Halo 4 will release on November 6th worldwide.  Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios, said:

“We are beginning a new saga with ‘Halo 4’ and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of ‘Halo’ games and experiences.

Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief, and with ‘Halo 4’ leading the charge, we’re confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history.”

Halo 4 is set four years after the conclusion of Halo 3, with the return of Master Chief who must face an enemy that threatens the whole universe.  Halo 4 is being developed by 343 Industries after Bungie stepped back from the franchise.

The Halo franchise has sold more than 40 million games worldwide as well as having spin off books, comics and other merchandise. When Halo 3 launched it set the record for biggest consumer product launch of all time.

Source: Press Release

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40 Comments
  1. tonyyeb
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    What happened to 3 being the last ever Halo, never making another one ever lalalala not listening?!

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:20.
    • halbpro
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Mar 2009

      They literally never said that. They said in Halo 3 you’d finish the fight and you did.

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:21.
      • tonyyeb
        Member
        Since: Aug 2010

        I must have dreamt it.

        Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:23.
      • halbpro
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Mar 2009

        I think a lot of people took “Finish the fight” as “This will be the last one”. There’s other stories to be told in the universe though.

        Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:25.
      • colossalblue
        Team TSA: Editor
        Since: Forever

        Bungie said Reach would be their last and people took that to mean /the/ last briefly but they quickly dispelled that by setting up a company specifically to handle Halo!

        Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:49.
    • Bilbo_bobbins
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Wonga !

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:21.
      • HisNameWasBen
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        The ending of Halo 3 pretty much gave it away that a Halo 4 would be made.

        Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 17:43.
    • stage1
      Member
      Since: Feb 2012

      There’s always going to be another Halo when people have money to spend.

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 19:15.
      • HisNameWasBen
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        I think people just misunderstood what Bungie said.

        Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 22:16.
  2. Kivi95
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Will be intersting to see how it will go upp against the next COD.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:20.
  3. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Between this and Call of Duty, it’s no wonder Capcom moved Resident Evil 6 a month forward.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:21.
  4. halbpro
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Mar 2009

    EXCITED. Halo.

    Message ends.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:21.
  5. colossalblue
    Team TSA: Editor
    Since: Forever

    possibly the same week as CoD? Also, US election day.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:23.
    • halbpro
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Mar 2009

      This is actually big enough that it would have a chartable effect on election turnout. That would be a really cool study for someone to do.

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:24.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Yeah that’s COD week. Very interesting as COD always sells more on Xbox, wonder if it will dent the sales.

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:26.
  6. Eldave0
    andUandU
    Since: Aug 2008

    Hmm, seems a duff week for Xbox to release their major/only exclusive this year. With Call of Duty and MOH out around that time I can’t help but feel it would have suited a September release date like Reach did

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:39.
  7. HisNameWasBen
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    I can’t wait! This is my most anticipated game of 2012! It’d be interesting to see how it fares against COD on the Xbox.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 16:50.
  8. TheDemocrodile
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    I can understand the need for more money but surely another game on the same creaky old engine isnt whats called for?
    Halo 4 as a launch title for the new Box along with the usual truckload of hype and buildup could have been seriously damaging to the other console makers.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 17:09.
    • halbpro
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Mar 2009

      I think it’s using the Reach engine which was very heavily overhauled, from what I understand barely the same engine again.

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 18:00.
      • HisNameWasBen
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        Each Halo game has been built on the same engine (other than Wars), but with each game the engine has been radically changed, so as halbpro said it’s barely the same engine. It’s nice playing something fresh that wasn’t exactly the same as its predecessor.

        Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 18:15.
      • SH Number 7/Mini-Lipscombe
        Member
        Since: May 2011

        I do think it would have been a good game to kick off the new console, but I guess they didn’t want to leave it too lond as people might forget.

        Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 19:05.
      • HisNameWasBen
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        In my opinion, a franchise doesn’t become milked until they start running out of ideas and the quality begins to decline.

        Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 17:16.
    • stage1
      Member
      Since: Feb 2012

      Don’t worry, they’ll have Halo 56 ready for the next Xbox

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 19:17.
      • Eldave0
        andUandU
        Since: Aug 2008

        Yes, and God of War 56 will be ready for the PS4. Sorry but it’s how the games industry works these days. Find something popular and milk, milk, milk :P

        Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 09:19.
      • stage1
        Member
        Since: Feb 2012

        That is true but I do believe that Halo has and will be milked a lot more.

        Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 12:38.
  9. Jim Hargreaves
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Can’t say I’m looking for to it. The Halo universe has just never appealed to me despite clearing the original trilogy.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 17:30.
  10. Mickey2010
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Loved the first 2 Halo games but i think the series went stale! a demo/open beta may change my opinion though

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 18:10.
    • HisNameWasBen
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      Unfortunately 343i don’t have plans for a beta, as they would prefer to put more time and effort into the full game.

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 18:13.

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