Halo 4: Multiplayer, Guns, Secrets - Rumours & Facts Round Up
Halo 4 is incoming 6th November, courtesy of 343 Industries and Microsoft. It’s impossible to deny that Halo 4 will be a success, given the continuing popularity of Master Chief and Cortana’s adventures so far, proof that there’s live in the Spartan yet.
To give you all of the biggest reveals and information on Halo 4 as it happens, we’ve decided to compile every rumour, screen, trailer and confirmed fact from now until Halo 4 launches. We’ll even do the same with Halo 4 DLC as it happens.
We’ll be updating this page with new Halo 4 screens, rumours, confirmed facts, and trailers as they happen, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for updates.
[Last updated 08/05/12]
[02/05/12] Halo 4’s guns are revealed
Halo 4’s array of firearms has been revealed by 343 Industries, including returning favourites the assault rifle, battle rifle, DMR and sniper rifle. Halo 4 will also get a new weapon in the form of the rail gun. Check out the link to see schematics and in-game models of the weapons.
[30/04/12] Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn 75 Minute Live-Action Series In Production
Microsoft and 343 Industries revealed a new Halo 4 live action web series that will launch in autumn. Forward Unto Dawn will set the stage for Halo 4, and will be essential viewing for fans of the series.
[20/04/12] Halo 4 gets tons of new art and screens, showing Master Chief, Elites, Grunts, Maps
343 Industries dropped a huge batch of new Halo 4 screens on this day, showing off more of Master Chief with a side helping of enemies. Hit the link to check out our huge Halo 4 gallery.
[19/04/12] Halo 4 will get five new Spartan Ops missions a week
Halo 4’s Spartan Ops mode will get episodic content each week, as revealed by 343 Industries. The amount of content on offer will amount to the size and quality of a second Halo 4 campaign, says 343. Hit the link for all the details.
[18/04/12] Halo 4: 343 Devs Drop New Weapon, Multiplayer, Campaign Details
Another massive info drop from 343 Industries regarding tons of Halo 4 content. Here’s a rundown of the best bits:
- Halo 4 will still feel like Halo.
- Cortana and Master Chief will not becme romantically involved.
- Forerunner Vision isn’t akin to Call of Duty’s UAV – furthe clarification incoming.
- Weapon drops aren’t randomised, but telegraphed in various, sometimes predictable ways.
- Map control has changed but is still important
- Online match customisation will have plenty of options, but the initial playlist will be focused.
- The Infinity part of the game will encompass every multiplayer mode bar campaign co-op.
- Multiplayer will include new and traditional modes.
- Forerunner Vision doesn’t enable players to see each other anywhere on the map.
- Instantaneous respawning won’t be enabled for objective-based games.
- Multiplayer will implement True Skill in a different way to Halo Reach.
- Armor Lock and dual-wielding will not return.
- Spartan Ops will provide similar types of experience to Firefight, which isn’t returning.
[17/04/12] Halo 4 release date is confirmed
Microsoft dropped the bomb on this day, revealing that Halo 4 would launch in the week usually dominated by Call of Duty. The release date is 6th November 2012. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has since moved back a week to 13th November 2012. Could the two franchises be avoiding one another?
[11/04/12] Halo 4’s soundtrack and composer are revealed
In another new 343 Industries video documentary, the Halo 4 soundtrack and composer are revealed, hit the link to watch the video.
[11/04/12] Halo 4 Pushes Xbox 360 To Breaking Point With 20 Stunning In-Game Screens
[08/04/12] Halo 4 Spartan Ops and Halo: Infinity are discussed by 343 Industries
Just day after filing trademarks for Spartan Ops and Halo: Infinity, 343 Industries lifted the lid on what both trademarks meant. Spartan Ops is a new game mode in Halo 4, while Halo: Infinity is the name of Halo 4’s multiplayer component. Check out the full details here.
[05/04/12] Halo 4: Infinity and Spartan Ops trademarks are registered by 343 Industries
After some radio silence, Halo 4 appeared on the scene again following two trademark filings for 343 Industries, one for Halo: Infinity and Spartan Ops. The internet shortly swelled with rumours about what both trademarks meant for the Halo 4.
[08/03/12] Halo 4 multiplayer beta is revealed by 343 Industries
During a Halo Waypoint Q&A, 343 Industries revealed that Halo 4 would get a beta before launch, and dropped some hints regarding it.
[06/03/12] Halo 4 director says, ‘We’re not copying Call of Duty’
In a NowGamer interview, 343 Industries’ Frank O’ Connor explained that it would not be looking to Call of Duty for ideas when crafting Halo 4’ multiplayer component.
[06/03/12] Halo 4 video interview with 343 discusses multiplayer, motion capture and Master Chief
343 Industries revealed a new video interview with studio head Frank O’ Connor, discussing tons of new information regarding Halo 4’s multiplayer. This is the first time 343 has spoken about the game on camera since its E3 2011 reveal.
[05/03/12] Halo 4 gets 54 new screens of multiplayer, campaign and Master Chief
NowGamer got its hands on 54 new Halo 4 screens, showing off multiplayer maps, weapons, campaign scenarios and shots of Master Chief himself. Check them all out in our Halo 4 gallery.
[05/03/12] Halo 4 gets a ton of new details at Microsoft’s X12 event
NowGamer was on hand to see the first gameplay reveal of Halo 4 at Microsoft’s X12 conference in the States. Here’s a quick rundown of what we learned from 343’s presentation
- Halo 4 will be the darkest entry to the series yet
- Halo 4 is set ten years after Halo 3
- Halo 4 might be sequel but 343 are treating it as a reboot
- Halo 4 features a new enemy, meaning the Covenant is no longer the opposing force. Halo: Combat evolved Anniversary terminals suggest the Forerunners are the new enemies
- Halo 4’s plot will incorporate elements from the expanded Halo universe, including books and other media. 343 confirmed to us that Halo 4 will explore the Spartan’s back story in greater detail.
- Halo 4 will bring back Master Chief’s battle rifle and Warthog jeeps
- Halo 4’s multiplayer is completely new, and has been built from scratc
- -Halo 4 will deliver a new ‘Spartan Ops’ mode
- Halo 4 multiplayer lets players create custom classes
- Halo 4’s multiplayer maps include Warhorse and Wraparound. Warhorse is a giant war factory, with players fighting around a hulking Cylcops Mark II mecha, while Wraparound is takes place on a huge solar facility full of jump pads.
[05/03/12] First in-game Halo 4 shots of Master Chief are leaked
We saw him briefly at the E3 reveal, but the first in-game shots of the redesigned Master Chief are leaked online, confirming that the Spartan is looking more badass than ever.
[01/02/12] Bungie hands Halo IP and assets over to 343 Industries
Bungie finally says goodbye to Master Chief and the world it had created, handing the keys over to 343 Industries. It wasn’t a total farewell however, as a Bungie statement confirmed, “Bungie will preserve all existing historical Halo data on Bungie.net for as long as the Internet and Bungie’s data storage systems remain functional.”
[20/01/12] Halo 4 action figures are revealed by MacFarlane Toys
Todd MacFarlane’s toy line revealed that it is to release a new line of Halo 4 action figures in August 2012, including Master Chief, Cortana, the Warthog and a statuette of Master Chief frozen in his cryo tube. They sound awesome. Check out all the details here.
[14/11/11] Halo 4 is an Xbox 360 game, not next-gen, 343 confirms
343 Industries’ Frank O’ Connor finally broke months of theorising and rumours that Halo 4 would be an ‘Xbox 720’ launch title, and confirmed that it was most definitely an Xbox 360 game.
O’ Connor explained quite simply in a NeoGaf thread, “Halo 4 will be on Xbox 360 and use a modified core of the Halo engine(s),” Bam, another theory shot dead in the water.
[07/10/11] Halo 4 Spielberg movie definitely NOT happening, says Microsoft
Just a day after a French press kit for novel Halo: Cryptum announced that Spielberg was making a Halo 4 movie, Microsoft came out and flat out railroaded it. Smashing it into tiny pieces from whence it came.
Microsoft told NowGamer, “The information in the press release in question is inaccurate. We have no plans for a Halo feature film right now. Our focus is on developing Halo: Anniversary and Halo 4.” That’s us told then.
[06/10/11] Halo 4 will get a Spielberg movie adaptation in 2012, rumours suggest
This wildcard rumour appeared out of almost nowhere, and originated in the French press kit for the novel Halo: Cryptum. The press release said, “A film adaptation is set in 2012. It will be conducted jointly by two heavyweights of American cinema: Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks.”
Hot damn! But of course, it’s been many months since this rumour began, and Spielberg hasn’t uttered a peep about a Halo 4 movie since. Take this one with an entire shaker of salt.
[30/08/11] Stunning Halo 4 environment art video surfaces, hints at the new locations
While at PAX Prime in the States, 343 Industries unveiled a round of Halo 4 concept art, giving gamers their first glimpse at the worlds Master Chief will encounter during his new adventure.
One shot sees Master Chief wielding a massive cannon, while approaching a mysterious space craft, while another depicts a desert canyon that conceals a heavily-fortified base.
The art is rather incredible, and you can see it all in this video:
[26/08/11] Halo 4 Warthog appears in Forza 4
After a period of silence, Halo 4 resurfaced again in the unlikeliest of places – Forza 4. Developer Turn 10 recreated a Halo 4 Warthog in game and had Cortana provide commentary when viewing the truck in Autovista mode. It wasn’t available to drive, unfortunately, but it did a good job of reminding everyone that Halo 4 was coming.
[14/06/11] Halo 4’s engine isn’t 100 per cent new, says Microsoft
Shortly after Halo 4’s reveal at E3, Microsoft’s corporate vice president Phil Spencer confirmed that the Halo 4 engine would not be completely new, and would be derived from the Halo: Reach engine. However, Spencer also revealed that 343 Industries has heavily modified the tech for Halo 4.
Here’s what Spencer had to say, “343 Industries has obviously partnered closely with Bungie for a while. We started with the code base from Halo: Reach, so it’s not something we had to re-roll from the beginning. Chief Technology Officer David Wu and the team behind the core engine tech inside of 343 Industries have done a lot of work.”
[09/06/11] Halo 4 clues are confirmed in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
While at E3, NowGamer spoke with Saber Interactive about Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Studio spokesman Dan Ayoub explained, “”Terminals will tell the Halo story in new ways and show story threads that lead into Halo 4.”
Each terminal displayed a scene and was narrated by 343 Guilty Spark, together with plenty of Forerunner imagery and references.
All signs are pointing to a huge Forerunner presence in Halo 4, and there are many rumours that they will be the main focus of the narrative. 343 Industries are yet to confirm or deny these rumours however.
[06/06/11] Halo 4 revealed at Microsoft’s pre-E3 2011 conference
The moment fans had been waiting for – Microsoft revealed Halo 4 at its pre-E3 conference by way of a teaser trailer. The clip showed Master Chief waking up on board on the ship Forward Unto Dawn, and leaving the wreckage with Cortana.
As Master Chief leaves the ship, he looks out into space, at what appears to be another Forerunner station. Microsoft also revealed that Halo 4 would mark the beginning of a new Halo trilogy developed by 343 Industries. No release date or format was revealed.
[06/06/11] First Halo 4 image leaks ahead of E3 2011 reveal
Just hours before Halo 4 was revealed at Microsoft’s pre-E3 conference, the first Halo 4 image was revealed over at the official Xbox website, confirming peculation that 343 Industries was working on the first chapter of a new Halo trilogy. The screen showed Master Chief and Cortana in the derelict ship Forward Unto Dawn, which was last seen at the end of Halo 3.