E3 2011: Halo 4 Impressions Preview

We shed a bit of light on the incredibly short teaser of the next Halo game from 343 Industries and Microsoft Game Studios.

It was only a matter of time until Microsoft revealed word on a follow-up to Halo 3, given the last game's Legendary-difficulty ending. As expected from the recent leaks, the Microsoft E3 press conference was capped off with a teaser for Halo 4.

The scene started with a shot of bloodstream and arteries forming in black space. The teaser then transitioned to a beating heart. As the camera panned out to show off Master Chief in cryostasis, a familiar voice cried out for him to wake up: the AI Cortana. Master Chief got out, took Cortana out of the holodeck, and then flew out of the broken-down and exploding rear half of the Forward Unto Dawn ship (straight out of Halo 3's ending). While escaping, he snagged a Magnum handgun on the way and shot a part of the ship to create a makeshift exit.

As Master Chief looked on from the edge of the exit, the teaser then panned to a view of a giant unknown planet with a giant white circle in its centre. There really wasn't much to gauge from this short snippet except that Master Chief may encounter what could be the lost planet of the Forerunners, given the sleek, white-washed nature of the planet. According to Halo's backstory, the Forerunners are the ancient race who created the Halo Array. If that is the case, fans can look forward to seeing the mysterious race realized in video game form, hopefully not in a cryptic fashion.

The teaser also confirmed that Microsoft Game Studios' subsidiary, 343 Industries, will be involved. The studio will also be busy with the upcoming Halo Anniversary, which is a remastered version of Halo: Combat Evolved. Halo 4 is slated for a Holiday 2012 release. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more coverage on this sequel.

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joemama1997
joemama1997

@prince_vlad you have a point on rocky but halo actually has a story and new maps not like rocky who just sweats in a ring fighting men all day

michael39238
michael39238

Sorry but desktop PC's will disappear before consoles, most people don't like to sit in front of a tiny computer screen hunched over, that is what work is for. Anyway the hardware inside consoles will get much faster and smaller and eventually just be a tiny box or card that you plug into your 80 inch tv.

terminator661
terminator661

the only reason people thought Halo Combat Evolved was a great game was because it made alot of game mechanics and other things that defined the FPS genre, in the new halos it just lacks originality and all it really needs to do is do what made Halo Combat Evolved so great.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

halo 4...yeah right...Tomorrow it will be like Rocky, Halo 28 etc The same crap game, the same crap people who made it. I hate consoles , I hope they will disappear some day.

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

reach was pretty boring, hope they bring back whatever it was that made it exciting with this one

Bog101
Bog101

i hope they can manage to pull off this game without bungie. i want to see a great mix of old and new as well as the sense that you are fighting an epic large scale battle. also bring back the old halo theme (symphony)

Gunathar
Gunathar

I'm very curious how this is going to develop story-wise. Halo's universe is rich, but how much Master Chief is left to explore? Can't wait! My only wish: please, PLEASE, no more Flood!!! I hated the Library level in the original game and Cortana's level in Halo 3 was a real pain to go through! :o(

Slazton
Slazton

Ummm doesn't Microsoft realize the world ends in 2012? Like around December? That's not fair, we'll never get to play Halo 5.../joking I'm happy to have another Halo game. The Master CHief is an awesome model and to be fair, there is always room for more plotline. I mean why was the Covenant formed? Was their faith real? There is so much left unsaid or mentioned and now we'll have more. The Halo universe is like Star Wars/Star Trek/Warhammer 40K in the sense, its a Universe that has a heck of more depth to add. The Spartan allows us to be "faceless" and we can imagine him being our self. Why bother creating a new universe when there already is one at hand to continue to mess up?

brain20035
brain20035

Way to make yourselves look desperate Microsoft!! I'm a proud Xbox owner, and the only Xbox exclusive game that I'm proud of is Alan Wake (maybe Gears of War a little, too :D). PS3 gamers get Infamous, Uncharted, Heavy Rain, Metal Gear, Resistance, Kill Zone and Little Big Planet, while we get ANOTHER Halo game. I hate Sony's console!! I really do, but I'm just stating the facts: 90% Microsoft's exclusives $^ck!!

S-181
S-181

you finished the fight... time to start a new one

Bog101
Bog101

Sweet I love halo

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

wasn't the franchise supposed to be over with reach? Microsoft is like "oh crap thrre are too many exclusives coming out on ps3, let's make another halo!"

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

No more crappy Halo...I want a new ,GOOD series.

The-Freck
The-Freck

hope it don't suck like the last 3 halos

marcopolo426
marcopolo426

Well it looks like Microsoft will have Halo fade away than burnout with a blast. Sad.

FireboltDS
FireboltDS

Not that Halo 3 was the last one?

kvan33
kvan33

Reach kind of soured me on Halo. It'll take a seriously amazing game to get me back into the series.

buttison
buttison

Hopefully, 343 can make this a good game.

Temperedelm
Temperedelm

Wasn't Halo 3 supose to be the end of the series?

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

Who will fill the power vacuum left by the Prophets. The Brutes will still be pissed they got there ass kicked. Grunts may fight for their freedom. The flood still occupy the other rings and new enemies can be introduced with the discovery of this new world. Perhaps the Forerunners were creating hybrid species in a attempted to further their evolution only to have them over run the planet and claim it as their own.

Jonny-Two-Delta
Jonny-Two-Delta

I love the Halo universe because of how well woven the fiction is. The only fictional universe I rate higher is that of the Mass Effect series. Even StarWars, as much as I love it, has become watered down from over-exploitation of the franchise. Maybe Halo will go the same way with more episodes being made ... or maybe each new episode will be as epic and compelling as the campaign in Reach.

Savior4Life
Savior4Life

Wow, another Halo....... Meh. Way to beat the proverbial cat to death. Are they going to improve on anything this time rather than just improved graphics......

chyng85
chyng85

Dude I love its style~!

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Looks like Master Chief doesn't get a moment to just chill. He's back to his good ol' xenophobic ways with only a hint of Star Wars parody.

lappys
lappys

"And on the mysterious planet Master Chief finds an entire population of... Mister Chiefs!"

Dazler1
Dazler1

xbox anounced halo 4 in dec 2012 so will that mean next gen xbox on release, why would they bring out another halo on this gen its been done to death and need a new console to sell it.......... watch that space at next e3 anouncement!!!!

DigitalExile
DigitalExile

@GamerJedi29: Aside from that the Spartan program was also created to fight off the Insurrectionist and restore/keep/force faith in the UNSC, so in truth, whether the Covenant conflict is over or not, the Spartans (i.e. Master Chief, as the only surviving one) fight is never finished. But as you said, this story is no longer about the Covenant, nor is it about Spartans or the USMC. It's about John and whatever is on that planet.

GamerJedi29
GamerJedi29

To everyone saying "BUT I FINISHED THE FIGHT" that was referring to the Covenant the Covenant is gone, besides maybe small bands of covenant forces. My guess is, Your not fighting the covenant in this one. So STFU about "We already finished the fight"

XionXIII
XionXIII

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaa the only reason i own a xbox!!!!! reach was good but not the same without master chief!! sonys disapointed me this year they didnt even show final fantasy what the heck?

GamerJedi29
GamerJedi29

@Cmac4 Neither of those games were rushed. There was an emphases on story. And if you are to stupid to appreciate a good story than that is your fault. FYI ODST was an expansion, what more did you expect from it?

GamerJedi29
GamerJedi29

1.Lol, the thing with the cake was good. 2. 343 is made up of a lot of ex bungie employees.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

I'm so glad to see Master Chief coming back. I didn't care for Reach and ODST much, so this should be great.

Cmac4
Cmac4

As long as this isnt another rushed crappy Halo like ODST or Reach then i cant wait :)

cobaltattacker
cobaltattacker

Bungie isn't making the game, I'm a little bit sketchy about this game. I LOVE Halo like the next guy, but I'm a bit sketchy about it. You can see the difference in the looks of Cortana and the Master Chief. I hope it will be a good game, I'm definately buying it. I'm not trying to hate on Halo either, im just saying it might not be like the regular Halo experience that we would usually get.

Paynee
Paynee

Master Chief is never done. His mighty fist will throttle all the lowly scum that go's against him, they stand no chance. I want to have his babby's.

killerlavaman
killerlavaman

is master chief going to fight the reapers now? oh wait?!

dstv
dstv

BUT I FINISHED THE FIGHT! I FINISHED´╗┐ THE F****** FIGHT!! ...LOL

warfighter317
warfighter317

Woot this looks like a good one, can't wait to continue Master Chief's story.... Pretty much the only reason I have an Xbox.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Woot love Halo 1 multiplayer can't wait to play some games on the original Blood Gulch

Eclipse-015
Eclipse-015

Yes!!! can't wait, HUGE fan of the halo series, planning on getting this and the halo remake day one. And whats with all the haters saying that there are too many halo games and that they are milking halo as much as possible? THEYRE ARE too many CoD games, really activision? a Cod game every year? I just hope 343 industries can pull it off and make the next halo trilogy as awesome as the last.

sambora113
sambora113

Anyone remember the guy saying "the start of a new trilogy"? Woop woop!! :)

Lord_Sesshy
Lord_Sesshy

They can never make enough Halo games about the Master Chief cause even if the gameplay gets repetative I still like his story

Zyamaman
Zyamaman

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU This s*** is like the new Final Fantasy - it just Wont. Ever. End.

dragons-ocarina
dragons-ocarina

@mtait01 wen i look at xbox and ps3 I see the same thaing so dont sell xbox. he will thank you :P