As leaked earlier in the day, Halo 4 was officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference. Whilst not the biggest surprise after the initial leak, Microsoft showed a short teaser trailer to round off their press conference.
It looks like things are going to pick up from the Legendary mode ending of Halo 3, and from the Halo: Legends anime, with the teaser kicking off by showing Master Chief emerging from cryogenic suspension on the Forward Onto Dawn after being urgently awakened by Cortana. After a quick, Dead Space-esque escape from the ship (which seemed to be falling to bits at an alarming rate) the Chief emerges into space to see some sort of large craft looming over him and his stricken vessel. If my description leaves you wanting more, here’s the trailer in full.
Speaking at the event, Phil Spencer (Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Game Studios) also confirmed that Halo 4 will launch a new trilogy for the Halo series, presumably with 343 Industries on development duties. It looks like Halo is going to stay embedded as one of Microsoft’s core properties for some time to come.
Thanks to DrFreeman for the full trailer.