Halo 4 bundled with two weeks of XBL

Microsoft's upcoming shooter comes packed with two weeks of Xbox Live Gold, 343 Industries developer reveals.

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Gamers who unwrap Halo 4 worldwide next week will find a code for two weeks of Xbox Live Gold, Microsoft has revealed. 343 Industries designer David Ellis said on Twitter that such an offering may be a first for any Microsoft title.

"In fact it comes with two weeks of Live. Which I believe is a first," Ellis said.

Halo 4 is due exclusively for Xbox 360 on November 6 worldwide. The game is a direct sequel to 2007's Halo 3 and is the first numbered entry in the series developed outside of Bungie Studios. It is the first installment in the Reclaimer Trilogy, which will span Halo 5 and Halo 6.

A recent Nielsen study found Halo 4 to be the most anticipated holiday 2012 title for Xbox 360 owners. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

61 comments
jark888
jark888

One month free of XBL would be a better sell incentive.

ItsJoeMama
ItsJoeMama

Awesome! Now I can give my cheap ass cousin 2 weeks of XBL.

 

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

Anyone remember the old Xbox LIVE solicits in games? i have NBA2K9 and it had a 2 day trial. same for fable, and probably Alan Wake or Halo 3. that is nothing more than 6 days! what is a person going to do with 6 days of Live? heck, i have the 12 month subscription and i do not even play THAT much! 

Cyanide4Suicid3
Cyanide4Suicid3

As long as it doesnt have an online pass, its fine with me lol

 

patrick5152003
patrick5152003

didnt they used to give away free 1 months all the time?

Flint247
Flint247

This is good for when my Xbox Live expires next March, I will get an additional two weeks. :)

 

For online console gaming, I prefer to use Xbox Live. I like the features of it and I have been using it ever since I signed up. Of course, when it gets too expensive, I will be done with it.

 

Numbuh277
Numbuh277

don't bring up sony and their free online. They are billions of dollars in debt and  are doing anything they can to get out of it lol.

 

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

And people are still complaining about facts that have been present since the launch of the Xbox 360. Seriously? Shut up already. Remember those "XBOX LIVE SHOULD BE FREE" Mottos and the rants on Youtube? Thats old. I'm sure as hell either..

 

A. You bought a PS3.

B. You payed for Xbox Live

C. You bought a PC.

 

 

SolidTy
SolidTy

343 really seems to be M$ b**** in contrast to other studios that have come and gone. Every time I read a new article, it's just like they are being lead around by the nose and a completely "Yes-Man" mentality to "the Suits."

 

I hope Halo 4 delivers, but then again there is little chance Halo 4 won't deliver considering 343 are using Bungie's created big selling massive Game IP, using Bungie's Halo Engine, using Bungie's Halo Assets, and using some ex-Bungie Employees that jumped ship.

Diamondsoulz
Diamondsoulz

If x-box charges for live for the 720 I won't buy it.

McStrongfast
McStrongfast

Ha, didn't games used to come with one month vouchers?

 

Anyway, if I put that code in, would that replace my current subscription and let me remove the registered payment option? Because I can't do that since it's tied to an "active subscription" despite me having turned off auto renewal.

Overlord93
Overlord93

It's a smart move. I only really got into xbox live gold because of a free trial. People will rarely pay for something they haven't tried. And multiplayer is pretty addictive, so It'll guarantee a few more subscriptions.

vogelkacke
vogelkacke

wow people are actually complaining lol

Gen007
Gen007

if you intend to get Halo and don't have live already you're doing it wrong.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Two weeks? lol

 

it should have been free to begin with. MP is free in any other place. What a joke.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Halo 4 coming with 2 weeks of Xbox live. Seems like a good way to promote the MP part of the game. This is one game that has on-line that I actually enjoy. So a nice "Throw in" I'm all about the throw ins. Halo 4 will set the usual records.

MachShot
MachShot

Go into a room and start handing out $100 bills. There will always be a few who will say "Only $100? Why don't you stop being greedy and give me $200."

 

That's the world for you.

chappy_man
chappy_man

2 weeks does seem a bit low, and an awfully weird number to choose

timmy0001
timmy0001

Yes, coming with 2 weeks of Xbox Live is a first, because previous games came with 1 month such as Halo 2. 

shenron43
shenron43

People usually have Gold membership already when getting a game like Halo. This is a nice little buffer if yours runs out though.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

Good practice MS. Give the kids a taste of the "good thing" for free. Later, they will come back for more.

DrKill09
DrKill09

XBL is old news.  $60 a year?  In this economy?  F*** that.

 

PC and PS3 don't have that crap.

ChemicalReaper
ChemicalReaper

 @Cyanide4Suicid3 They're still doing a Season Pass thing, which irritates me. I don't usually buy DLC except for games I *REALLY* love, or ones that are clearly worth the money (Rockstar's DLC packs usually fall into this category). But I forgive them for giving us 9 weeks (+ Day 1) of Spartan Ops content.

bmart970
bmart970

 @phillkillv2 So in other words:

A. You got some exclusive, but games like Skyrim can't have DLC

B. You get Halo 4

C. You can have anything you want (besides Halo 4)

This is from an Xbox owner.

Someguy1212
Someguy1212

 @Diamondsoulz

 they will. Its Microsoft so they will screw you out of every little dime and penny you have. Perfect to spend money on online service when half the time its at Microsoft for "repairs".

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @Diamondsoulz The 720 will charger for Xbox Live and I'm sure they will increase the price mid-gen, if not at launch.

 

They make billions on advertisements revenue, game sales, movie sales, show sales, music sales, Bing hits, and of course charging users online to let that go.

BawlzxOfxGlory
BawlzxOfxGlory

 @McStrongfast Nah, they came with 48 hour, limited passes.

 

Since it's a game code, I'm not sure if it will just add on or not, so your best bet would just be to wait until your current one goes out and then throw in that code.

justinka777
justinka777

 @vogelkacke

 i dont think they are complaining about the free time, more like why the hell do i have to pay a subscription to enjoy most of the games on the xbox

hobotech64
hobotech64

 @Gen007 I do enjoy the campaign mode unlike other mindless military shooters.  I have had XBL subscriptions in the past, but usually they ended up going to waste.  Otherwise, I'd just switch to my PS3 or PC for some real multiplayer gaming.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@Gen007 Not really I let my live run out after reach came out because I hated its MP compared to halo3 and since I have a PC and PS3 as well haven't needed a gold subscription So these 2 weeks will allow halo4 to try and impress me back onto my Xbox

jayjay444
jayjay444

 @zzamaro What u on about mp is free any other place? because on MMO's u have to pay a monthly fee that costs more than xbl and that fee is for JUST 1 game on xbl its for all games. 

jayjay444
jayjay444

 @timmy0001 yeah but not on 360, 360 had 48 hour trials so 2 weeks for free will be a good way to get people to properly test the multiplayer. 

jayjay444
jayjay444

 @DrKill09 yeah but the ps3 psn is a pile of shit compared to XBL, XBL is a good quality service for the money u pay for it. and pc gaming online isnt free ether u still have to pay your internet bill and even more if u play MMO's, infact MMO's are more expensive than XBL and MMO's is just 1 game lmfao. 

badlalo59
badlalo59

 @Stiler  @patrick5152003 That's right. It was only a couple days. I haven't had Live in a while so a couple weeks is a good enough amount time to determine if I'm gonna fork over more money.

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @Ultra_Taco It's dropping, currently the lowest a "main" Halo game has had on Metacritic, with an 88/100. So, 343 aren't quite Bungie. but they delivered a Halo game for the masses to be sure.

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @Ultra_Taco Yes, I did see that it has 50+ reviews at 90/100. So, it seems that I was right. http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/halo-4/critic-reviews

 

"there is little chance Halo 4 won't deliver considering 343 are using Bungie's created big selling massive Game IP, using Bungie's Halo Engine, using Bungie's Halo Assets, and using some ex-Bungie Employees".

 

Looks like 343 is doing just fine, although I wonder how the metascore will perform against Bungie's metascore of Reach, Halo 1-2-3.

vel0001
vel0001

 @Someguy1212  @Diamondsoulz Funny, when my xbox returned from being at repairs, they gave me 1 year free xbox live.

 

And it was only at repairs for roughly a month.

 

Not to mention sending it to repairs was all paid by microsoft, in other words i made money by having to send my xbox to repairs.

Numbuh277
Numbuh277

 @justinka777  because microsoft is focusing on bringing apps to xbox live rather than xbox exclusive's. that's why you have to pay for it. microsoft has little to no exclusives outside of halo, gears of war , and forza.

CHJL
CHJL

 @jayjay444  @DrKill09

if mmo was on xbox you'll be paying XBL fee as well as the subscription fee for the game. why are you bringing mmo into this? he's talking about the basic multiplayer feature here. you don't pay for mutiplayer on PS3 and PC.

Someguy1212
Someguy1212

 @jayjay444  @DrKill09

 I admit that XBL is a bit better than PSN, BUT PSN is free. Also ummm dont you have to pay internet bills REGARDLESS of what your playing on? UNLESS your doing all you PC MMOs at McDonalds.

zzamaro
zzamaro

 @Hiko20  @Someguy1212  @jayjay444 There have been hacked LIVE accounts in the past years. What does M$ do? They blame YOU. All this process may take MONTHS and at the end, they blame you. Yeah, great service.

Hiko20
Hiko20

 @Someguy1212  @jayjay444  @zzamaro

 and one of those 2 companies also had massive credit card leaks that resulted in out of service for what 3weeks... id say its worth paying for a good service