The thing I love most about Halo is that everyone is equally excited to see the continuation of the campaign, as well as dive into the multiplayer. You're always invested in Master Chief and his never ending quest to save the human race. But when you finish the story, you hop right into the multiplayer with a group of friends and drive recklessly into battle, guns blazing. Halo has provided several of my most cherished gaming moments and I'm hoping that the new trilogy will do just that.
With that being said, I'm uncontrollably excited for the Halo Infinity multiplayer experience. Halo Infinity takes place in the largest starship in the UNSC, appropriately called the UNSC Infinity. This is the center of the Spartan career and will be where you track all of your progress for your multiplayer and cooperative games. The part I'm most interested the fact that they're saying your multiplayer experience will be "embedded in the fiction of Halo like never before, where your progress and game choices affect your appearance, arsenal, and role on the battlefield."
The merger of the two portions of the game will occur due to the new Spartan Ops portion of the UNSC Infinity. Spartan Ops intersects with the campaign of Halo 4 in an episodic cinematics. These episodes will come in a weekly series and will focus on UNSC Infinity leaders, crew, and the new Spartan team -- Majestic Squad.
The episodes will provide for the background for the Spartan Ops missions (which can be played solo or with up to three friends) and will allow players to explore something called Requiem and find out more about the Forerunner world, which we're assuming is Requiem.
That's just one portion of Halo Infinity, there is still going to be the classic multiplayer that Halo is known for. That is now called War Games, the competitive side of the Halo universe. There aren't many details about War Games, but you can expect to see all of your standard modes such as Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. Of course, there will be some "fresh and immersive" new modes to come. Hopefully we'll hear more about those modes at this years E3.
With the promise of great new multiplayer modes, that also comes with new weapons, new vehicles, new armor abilities, new loadout and progression system, and new armor modifications that actually have an affect on your character, rather then just provide aesthetics. These gameplay enhancements are only accessible in certain War Game gametypes and Spartan Ops. These enhancements are called "Specializations." We heard a little bit about this in the past with one of the specializations allowing you to see enemy characters through the walls.
With all that said, there's still more news about Halo 4. The Limited Edition copy of the game has also been revealed. Halo 4's Limited Edition comes with quite a bit, making the $99 price tag worth it. The Limited Edition comes with:
War Games Map Pack Access – The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps – three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE.
(A detailed release schedule for the map packs will be announced at a later time)
Specializations – Receive early access to six Specializations, available at launch on Xbox LIVE, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specializations unlock new customization options. Purchasers of the “Halo 4” Limited Edition will get access on launch day, while others will have to wait as Specializations are released over time.
The Limited Edition also contains the UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet, which includes an armor customization schematic, a blueprint of the massive ship itself, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity’s finest warriors: the Spartan-IVs.
Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE:
- Unique in-game Spartan-IV armor skin
- Unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle
- An exclusive in-game emblem
- Xbox LIVE Avatar prop
- Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan-IV armor set
“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” Special Edition – An extended 90-minute version of the live-action digital series that will bring the “Halo” universe to life as you’ve never seen it, and provide an enthralling backstory leading up to the events of “Halo 4.”
“Halo 4” Limited Edition also includes the following exclusive videos:
- Bonus in-fiction content expanding the characters and stories of
“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
- Special Featurette: Bringing Gaming into Reality
- Making of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
Halo 4 will be released on the Xbox 360 on November 6th. Do yourself a favor and pick up the Limited Edition version.