Halo 4 Microsoft's most expensive game

Studios boss Phil Spencer says Microsoft spent more money making new sci-fi shooter than it has developing any other game.

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If Halo 4 is a bust, it won't be for lack of trying. Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer told Polygon that the company has spent more money making Halo 4 than it has developing any other game in the company's history.

"Absolutely. Nothing's even close," he said.

Spencer added that the Halo series, which he estimated to be a three billion dollar franchise, is the company's "most important entertainment product." Some of Microsoft's other major franchises include Forza, Fable, and Banjo-Kazooie.

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.

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andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

"Spending a lot of money on a game means nothing."It doesn't neccessarily equal to massive success..but in this medium, with this franchise, with these expectations...it bloody helps.

 

While a massive amount has gone into advertising and polish, a substation quantity was afforded to the game's production.

 

Live acton motion capturing, massive orchestral soundtrack, millions spend on R&D into getting the engine better then ever.

 

And what a soundtrack ~

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

Spending a lot of money on a game means nothing when it's all gone to cut scenes and advertising.

demonicchild001
demonicchild001

the correct order of halo games is (halo wars,halo reach,halo ce/anniversiry,halo 2,halo 3 same time as halo 3 odst.

 

 

sheikweight
sheikweight

Yeah no kidding. I just pre ordered the console. :) probably the best design to date. But hey I'll sell the game and all of its DLC Content. 

buzzwah
buzzwah

It's just going to be the same game but a bit glossier.I think as you get orger you realise your just paying for an upgrade of a game you already own.

Plus I can't stand multi players where eveyone just bounces when you get close to them.Rant over...moving on 

kerrman
kerrman

Well.. yeah..

I mean Forward Unto Dawn probably cost more than any game ever made by itself.

ziproy
ziproy

So that means its gonna be good right??

 

One thing we've learned from our new game economy is that money is fixing the problems right??

theKSMM
theKSMM

What?  Halo 4 is a more important entertainment property than Banjo-Kazooie?  And what about Viva Pinata?

sheikweight
sheikweight

But hey the price of the limited edition console went down by 50 dollars! It's a Celebration "Beaches".

wyan_
wyan_

you don't say.......

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I'm really interested to know how much it cost.

Inferi-Fang
Inferi-Fang

I hope the money spent was well worth it. Can't wait for Halo 4.

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

Does this mean they spent more money on making a better game, or just more on  people making something the same as before?

Dudeinator
Dudeinator

Gonna wait and see before buying.

 

Big budget title does not automatically equal a good game. 

A sequel to a good franchise does not automatically equal a good game.

I have played enough games to know that.

 

And all this guy is saying is that Microsoft has a lot of money injected into this game.

maybock3000
maybock3000

I love Halo, but how can anyone want to stomach purchasing another version of the same thing? I can't do it anymore...

DoctorTanaka
DoctorTanaka

Maybe this has something to do with creating a feature length action film as part of their marketing campaign?

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

Well I would think so for this next installment of the Halo series and I'm forward to this and I have it half paid off well the LE.

DrKill09
DrKill09

How?  This is the most generic shooter ever made.

endorbr
endorbr

This game actually makes me want to buy a 360.

NeoJ4K3
NeoJ4K3

I am so excited that it hurts...SO CLOSE! 

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

Yeah I got the sarcasm people....just on here, you never know who is giving out sarcasm or who is being a fanboy troll

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

I wonder if they are counting Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn as part of the budget.

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

@demonicchild001

Actually a minor error there..

 

1. Halo Wars

2. Halo Reach

3. Halo CE/Anniversary

4. Halo 2

5. Halo 3 ODST (During Halo 2 "Metropolis" level and ending just at the start of Halo 3, after "Crows Nest" level)

6. Halo 3

7. Halo 4

 

Tygraph
Tygraph

 @buzzwah Except that Halo is a franchise that's constantly reinventing itself. 

killa32130
killa32130

"It's just going to be the same game but a bit glossier.I think as you get orger you realise your just paying for an upgrade of a game you already own."

 

You have a Black Ops icon, the irony...

kidnatural
kidnatural

 @kerrman You think Forward Unto Dawn cost over $100 million? LOLOLOLOL!!!! I've read enough...

phillyeagles123
phillyeagles123

Except Halo 4 is going to be totally different from Halo 3, so I don't know what you're talking about...

Gazdakka
Gazdakka

 @maybock3000 I think Halo 4's going to be the biggest change to the formula yet. The entire pre-game loadout and no weapon spawns on maps in itself is going to completely alter the gameplay. This one's probably going to play nothing like the last trilogy's in terms of multiplayer.

Ferg1213
Ferg1213

 @maybock3000 If you loved it so much you'd realise how different it is to previous Halo's..

q-bert39
q-bert39

 @maybock3000 Depends, halo is much more fun than bf/cod, and i had no problem going from halo 3 to reach and now to halo 4. It was entirely worth it for me.

q-bert39
q-bert39

 @Nintyfan95 halo is a successful franchise for a reason. MS makes halo, thats it. no one wants new IP from them because halo is already great. other companies can make new IP. whats the point though when the majority of the "gamers" consider dishonored to be an IP godsend, when really its one of the most unoriginal games ever made.

q-bert39
q-bert39

 @DrKill09 lol, kid doesnt understand without halo shooters in general would be shit.

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @DrKill09 Damn, dude, every time I see you comment your always bitching about something.

N-bellic
N-bellic

 @endorbr

 worth it! i have just added a ps3 to my xbox 360 and its great having both :D

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

 @vault-boy  @DrKill09 The best part is how he takes something and has an opportunity to make a legitimate point, but just ends up saying something stupid and empty.

kidnatural
kidnatural

 @muchakachaka  @kennythomas26  @Hey_Jay  @vault-boy  @DrKill09 Call of Duty is linear, Halo is more sandbox style. Call of Duty came out after 2001, Halo came out in 2001.

 

How is getting more like Call of Duty? No. The only way they're the same is how they both use guns. Other than that, they're not the same at all.