Halo 4 will mark the return of Master Chief and Cortana in a new adventure that takes place after the ending of Halo 3. (Photo : 343 Industries)
The Halo franchise helped launch the original Microsoft Xbox into the console wars, and remains one of the world's most popular videogame franchises. Despite the original Master Chief-driven Halo trilogy ending with Halo 3, the franchise is receiving a reboot with Halo 4, which is slated for a November 6, 2012 release date.
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The game will be studio 343 Industries' first original, full-fledged Halo game after taking over the rights to the Halo franchise from creator Bungie back in 2007.Halo 4 will reintroduce protaganist John-117, or Master Chief, for the first time since Halo 3 in 2007. The story takes place approximately four years after the ending of Halo 3 and picks up with Master Chief and AI Cortana on the mysterious forerunner planet of Requiem.
The story will pay special attention to Cortana, and how the AI might have gone rampant, or insane, because of her unnatural lifespan and exposure to Halo. It will also showcase the world as humans and the rest of the worlds as they adapt Forerunner technology and deal with life after the war with the Covenant.
343 Industries says that they are aiming to make the Halo franchise more than just a simple first-person shooter. The company hopes to offer more mystery and exploration elements and tie in the story even more tightly with the rest of the Halo universe.
The game will also feature a new "Spartan Ops" mode. The new mode will replace "Firefight" and offer solo or co-op objective-based missions complete with cinematic videos. New seasons of Spartan Ops will deliver new content and missions to players.
Despite the Halo franchise no longer being under Bungie's supervision, the latest installment looks promising. Stay tuned for more updates.
View the trailer here: