Microsoft have announced a number of new details surrounding the holiday release of Halo 4. The update includes information about the way multiplayer will work, new modes, the contents of the limited edition, and details surrounding a new live-action Halo series.
ultiplayer in Halo 4 will be based around the UNSC Infinity, a massive starship that Microsoft describe as the "hub" of all Competitive and Co-operative multiplayer modes in the title.
Surrounded by the sights, sounds and crew of the biggest vessel in the UNSC fleet, your multiplayer experience will be embedded in the fiction of “Halo” like never before, where your progress and game choices affect your appearance, arsenal, and role on the battlefield.
he story of the UNSC Infinity intersects with the Halo 4 campaign, then continues on in its own story-driven experience known as Spartan Ops.
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.
Spartan Ops missions are playable in singleplayer or cooperatively (with up to three friends).
he competitive multiplayer modes in Halo 4 are collectively referred to as War Games, and they all take place on the deck of the previously described UNSC Infinity. It's not clear whether all of the maps, then, will be based around the interior of a starship; Microsoft do, however, state that more details for this mode will be revealed "at a later time".
alo 4 features a new player progression system which introduces gameplay-enhancing customizations for the first time in the series.
The “Halo 4” player progression system goes beyond simple aesthetic upgrades, encouraging players to invest time and effort to create a Spartan that 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.
remiering this October on a soon-to-be-announced Machinima channel on YouTube, and on Halo Waypoint, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” is a live-action digital series that tells the story of the beginning of the Human / Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC Infinity. The events of Forward Unto Dawn lead up to the story of Halo 4 itself.
Created in partnership with top Hollywood talent from film, television and new media, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” brings a brand new “Halo” story to life on a scale never before seen in the “Halo” Universe.
he limited edition of Halo 4 seems to heavily biased towards multiplayer, with a number of bonuses that only impact that part of the game.