After a gigantic reveal in this month’s Game Informer, plenty of details about the highly anticipated sequel Halo 4 have been shown to the public. The biggest detail left missing however? The release date. With dates coming left and right for this fall’s hottest games, October is a very crowded month. So, Microsoft has decided to announce today that they are avoiding the blitzkreig of oncoming games, and have dated Halo 4!
The next adventure focusing on Master Chief will hit stores everywhere on November 6th.
Via press release, the companies said, “Halo 4″ marks the return of legendary hero Master Chief, named by Fast Company as “one of the most popular characters in gaming history,”(1) and aims to set a new standard for blockbuster interactive entertainment with the launch. Set four years after the events in “Halo 3,” Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe. Developed by 343 Industries, “Halo 4″ marks a new beginning for the landmark entertainment franchise that has sold more than 40 million games worldwide and inspired multiple New York Times best-selling novels, live-action shorts, comic books, action figures and apparel.
“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,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios. “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.”
It’s said that Conan O’Brien will help mark the release date reveal with a special segement on his talk show tonight at 11PM. What exactly it will be remains mysterious…for now.
The multiplayer, meanwhile, has been giving much more depth, by adding a television-like running storyline weekly with optional missions, and focusing on the next generation of Spartan soldiers. 343 wanted to do this in order to make the multiplayer more than just “going online and killing people”. The Red vs. Blue color scheme will still be present, but all-new armor appearances, upgradable abilites and power-ups (likeCall of Duty) and more are all set to be included in the new version. It more than makes up for the lack of Firefight, which won’t be present in the new game, but also 4 person co-op opens up an adventure that is said to tie-in to the central campaign of the single-player experience.