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Halo 4 to see worldwide launch on November 6

Halo 4 to see worldwide launch on November 6

Tue 17 Apr 2012 8:04pm GMT / 4:04pm EDT / 1:04pm PDT
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Microsoft sets date for anticipated "beginning of new saga" for the blockbuster franchise [UPDATE: MS dismisses election day concerns]

Update: Some of you may find it curious that Microsoft chose November 6, the day of the US presidential election, as its launch date for Halo 4. We reached out to Microsoft PR and it sounds like the company isn't concerned at all. The statement we received, however, provides zero insight into how the team at Microsoft Game Studios arrived at the November 6 date.

"We are confident that 'Halo 4' will be one of the biggest entertainment launches of the year, and fans will be excited to celebrate the new 'Halo' saga and the return of Master Chief on Nov. 6." - Microsoft Spokesperson

Original Story

Halo 4, the first new non-Bungie game in the Xbox exclusive franchise, is officially slated to launch across the globe on November 6, Microsoft announced today. Later tonight, a special segment on Conan O'Brien on TBS will help promote the fall launch of the title.

The 343 Industries developed game will attempt to breathe new life into a series that's already sold over 40 million copies globally. Microsoft said it "aims to set a new standard for blockbuster interactive entertainment with the launch." Halo 4 will be set four years after the events in Halo 3.

"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."

10 Comments

Terence Gage Freelance writer

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I don't own a 360 and I haven't even really enjoyed the Halo series since the original game, but I am constantly checking the Halo 4 topic on the Eurogamer forum and gobbling up every morsel of news and rumour. Meanwhile I'm even contemplating picking up a 360 almost entirely for Reach and Anni (and The Witcher 2). Although I think the series went off the rails a bit after the opening chapters of Halo 2, it still pushes the right buttons for me in a way few other FPSs manage, and I hope 343 can pull it off and release a cracker.

Good luck to 'em.

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Matt Martin Editor, GamesIndustry.biz

173 113 0.7
Why would you release a game on election day?

Posted:2 years ago

#2

James Brightman Editor in Chief, GamesIndustry.biz

247 387 1.6
@ Matt, definitely an odd choice, I agree. Perhaps MS figures that most people will be out voting so they can stop off at a store too. Of course, a bulk of the first day sales will probably come from pre-order too.

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,020 1,467 1.4
Halo 4 is such a wasted opportunity. Having Master Chief frozen gave them the chance to take the series generations into the future, actually letting it change, but they chose to wake him up in the same era with the same basic technologies and vehicles and enemies. The sad reality of playing it safe is no one will have much reason to play this over Halo: Reach.

Posted:2 years ago

#4

Private Industry

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I`m sure 343 has very talented people, but I`m not completely convinced that they can deliver what Bungie did. I think Reach was good especially regarding that you didn`t play Master Chief. He is the main figure of Halo, but they really should start giving him a voice. With all silent protagonists you just don`t get any character development like Gordon Freeman.

I know you are supposed to be the character and it`s your story and so on. Most linear games at the moment don`t allow for character development when it comes to the likes of Halo, Half Life and co because they don`t offer choices that shape your way of playing or the outcome so you play with the same character for 3-4 games, but it`s basically the same character with little development. There is a bit character development here and there that you get hinted at when NPC`s talk, but that`s it. If you play Batman or Uncharted where the characters talk you get a clear feeling that there is character development while playing and from one game to the next. I prefer character development forced on the player compared to a silent character in linear games. Even with Skyrim where you have choices in the dialogue I didn`t get any sense of character development and same applies for the Fallout Bethesda games. Don`t know why but when I play those the feeling I get from my characters is that they are now lvl 40 and have better equipment and more skills and that`s basically it what changed regarding the character. I don`t feel like the character is now a lot wiser, or a better leader or anything like that.

Posted:2 years ago

#5

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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@ Werner Master Chief has always spoken... in every game.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Nicholas Pantazis on 18th April 2012 4:47pm

Posted:2 years ago

#6

Private Industry

1,176 182 0.2
Ups I played Halo 1-3 a lot and cant remember him speaking or what his voice would sound. :)

Posted:2 years ago

#7

Terence Gage Freelance writer

1,288 120 0.1
Chief sounds like an all-American hero :)

Posted:2 years ago

#8

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,020 1,467 1.4
It's definitely a pretty generic voice, for a pretty generic character.

Posted:2 years ago

#9

Paul Gheran Scrum Master

123 27 0.2
Halo? Maybe there are some people from 1999 who used a time machine to read this and care.

Posted:2 years ago

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