|Genre:||First Person Shooter|
|Developer:||343 Industries||Official Site:||http://halo.xbox.com|
|Publisher:||Microsoft Game Studios|
6th November 2012
Each of the three DLC packs in the Champions bundle will also be available as standalone purchases on launch day. The Bullseye Pack will be available for 480 MS Points and the Infinity Armor Pack and Steel Skin Pack will be available for 240 MS Points each. The bonus content is only available for a limited time exclusively through the bundle.The full bundle will be available for 800 MS Points, making the price-point worth looking at the collected release. More details on each of the map releases can be found at Haly Waypoint, but you can check out a handful of screens from the new content via the thumbnails below.
- Bullseye Pack: Two new multiplayer maps, a sports-themed Spartan armor and a new competitive gravball game type called Ricochet
- Infinity Armor Pack: Set your Spartan up with impressive and legendary new armor
- Steel Skin Pack: Bring an elaborate steampunk style to your UNSC, Covenant, and Forerunner weapons
Please note these details are not final, and we’ll once again provide an update on the current status of the weapon tuning efforts next week.The blog goes on to describe potential changes that will increase the potency of the Battle Rifle, LightRifle, and Carbine, as well as the chain guns on both the Warthog and Mantis.
As you may have guessed, the first area that we felt the need to tackle was primary weapons, specifically the precision rifles. There are two schools of thought with rifle balance: One suggests that we should reduce the power of the DMR, and the other suggests that alternate weapons should be bumped up to balance out the sandbox. Both things being said, there can be a middle ground. Looking at the DMR, we currently feel that the kill time should remain unchanged, as the weapon has become a clear favorite amongst the community due to its reliability and consistency. So tuning the Battle Rifle, LightRifle and Carbine against this weapon presented quite a challenge.
Daybreak places you amidst military facilities, against the backdrop of an idyllic mountain range, while Outcast plunges you into the natural tunnels and arches of a secluded rebel outpost. Perdition takes players into the heart of an urban battleground, where tactical speed and situational awareness are essential to achieving victory. The Castle Map pack provides 9 new Achievements worth a total of 250 Gamerscore.The Castle maps will also be bringing a new playlist titled "Castle DLC" and will pit two teams consisting of six players against each other that focuses on both team play and coordinated objective gameplay.
Landfall’s emphasis is on infantry battles against a glittering ocean on a distant world, while Monolith exposes you to the naked vacuum of space – and the firepower of opposing teams, and Skyline’s distinctly industrial feel provides new challenges in somewhat familiar, but occasionally confined spaces.The map pack is available either as part of your War Games Map Pass or for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE. Check out the videos below.
During the qualifier phase (Dec. 17 - Jan. 10), players will need to climb the ranks of the global leaderboards by competing in either the Spartan Ops or War Games leaderboard. After the qualifier phase, players will be tiered into three groups (based on their results on the qualifier phase leaderboards) and will enter the finals phase (Jan. 12 - Jan. 19). In addition, players can also participate in Weekly Challenges found on Halo Waypoint at http://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/intel/challenges for a chance to win great prizes.Tournament information is available at both halo4infinitychallenge.com or halowaypoint.com however, we're told that "localised registration sites" will become available on December 12th, so you'll likely have to wait until then to register as an Australian player for the December 17th kickoff.
During the finals, the leaderboards will reset and prizes will be awarded to the top performers in each tier. While terrific prizes are available within all three tiers, the grand prizes will be offered exclusively for those that have battled their way to the top tier.
343 Industries has also revealed a new game mode will be arriving alongside the Crimson map pack, called Extraction and will see players competing in a "5 vs. 5 objective-based game type where opposing Spartan teams are tasked with extracting assets from various sites around the map". Crimson Map Pack owners will have exclusive access to a single premium playlist that will only feature the new maps and will be the only place players can enjoy unique 6 vs. 6 matchmaking experiences, the new game type “Extraction,” and a wide range of voting combinations for different maps and modes.
Wreckage: Wreckage is the manifestation of the chaos of war. A medium-sized, asymmetrical map great for accommodating a wide range of objective-based game modes including King of the Hill and Capture the Flag, it is a ravaged environment of crashed debris, where the surrounding destruction creates complex paths perfect for throwing off your opponents, or testing the limits of your Warthog. This devastated landscape provides plenty of cover, and tons of nooks and crannies are at your disposal while fighting for your turn to become King. Wreckage supports up to 16 players in Infinity Slayer and up to 12 players in a variety of other modes, including Capture the Flag, King of the Hill and Oddball.
Harvest: Harvest is a canon concept brought to life – the doomed agricultural planet where humans first made contact with the Covenant. A small to mid-size map, Harvest is ideal for Capture the Flag. Here, you’ll need to get creative to effectively use light vehicles which are limited to the exterior pathways and can’t get into the bases, making this map perfect for infantry firefights and face-to-face skirmishes. Snipers will also feel right at home; long sightlines are broken up by great cover and hiding spots. Harvest allows up to 12 players to face off in Capture the Flag, Infinity Slayer, King of the Hill, SWAT and Slayer Pro.
Shatter: Shatter is themed around natural crystalline surfaces and the huge UNSC factories mining them. This large, symmetrical map is a playground for the Warthog and Mantis - its open pathways make it easy to get around, whether on foot or in vehicles. Shatter is a great fit for Dominion and the new game type Extraction. For some close-quarters face-time, escape the open landscape and duck into a mining facility, or slip through a doorway and hunt unsuspecting Spartans. This map has variety for different types of players. Shatter enables multiplayer mayhem for up to 16 players in Infinity Slayer and up to 12 players in other modes, such as Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, Dominion and Extraction.
GameStop confirmed Halo’s day one sales were even greater than anticipated to become the retailer’s biggest Halo launch, and the biggest game launch of the year to date. Microsoft claims the shooter is on track to reach $300 million in its first week, which will make it the most lucrative launch in the franchise’s history. Lifetime franchise sales have topped $3.38 billion.Halo 4 has also pulled in more than 4 million players, with Microsoft saying that the first five days 31.4 million hours had been poured into the game. In addition to the new Halo title, the recent live-action short series Halo: Forward Unto Dawn on YouTube has grabbed more than 46 million views.
This week on Halo 4: Spartan Ops – The mysterious artifact recovered from Requiem takes control of vital systems on board the UNSC Infinity, forcing the Spartans of Crimson and Majestic back down to the planet to look for a way to free the ship. Commander Lasky and the UNSC need you, Spartan… get back in the game!Check it out below and let us know your thoughts on how you are enjoying Halo 4 and its new episodic co-op campaign.
s you can imagine, there are a tremendous number of new players connecting to Halo 4 right now. We’re aware that some users are experiencing occasional issues connecting to the Halo 4 services, and we are currently narrowing down possible solutions.For those wanting to be kept up-to-date, Microsoft will be keeping their Halo Waypoint Twitter, Halo 4 Facebook and Halo Waypoint Forums updated with information.
At the end of the day, Halo 4 stands as a particularly polished piece of fan fiction that not only deserves to be released, it carves its own way in an established universe, carefully paying homage to the tropes of what has come before, while boldly establishing its own mythology and gameplay lore.Click here for our full review.
Halo 4 is the next blockbuster installment in the iconic franchise that's shaped entertainment history and defined a decade of gaming. Set in the aftermath of Halo 3, Master Chief returns to confront his own destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.Check out both embedded below and space jump your way to our game page for more.
Currently in development by 343 Studios, Halo 4's Master Chief returns to battle an ancient evil bent on vengeance and annihilation. Shipwrecked on a mysterious world, Master Chief is faced with new enemies and a powerful new Forerunner menace.Microsoft has also revealed the War Games Map Pass, which will allow those who purchase it the chance to experience all the post-content released without the need of buying them separately. The pass is available now for $33.50 (2,000 Microsoft Points) and will give access to three War Games map packs as they become available in December, February and April. Purchasers will also receive two bonus in-game helmets, plus a unique in-game emblem.
Halo 4: Watch the official Halo 4 Launch Trailer, Scanned. Master Chief's mind is violated by a powerful new enemy, who in searching for Chief's weaknesses, finds the source of his strength.Check it out below for a glimpse at Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 and his troubled past.
Frank O'Connor, Halo franchise director, said that Microsoft was aware of the apparent torrents of the game that are now online and of the videos showing the campaign.If those obtaining the illicit title (which would require either a glitch-modded console, or a firmware-modded optical drive) are absent-minded enough to attempt to play the game online via the Xbox LIVE service, their infringement won't go unnoticed:
...O'Connor said the leaks of the game and footage won't have any impact on how the game is released or marketed, including today's planned talk on the game at Comic Con.
..."This is how surprised I am about this," O'Connor said as he shrugged slightly, adding that piracy of high-profile games is sort of inevitable
Titled “Scanned,” the trailer is an action-packed cinematic production that offers a captivating look at the backstory of Master Chief, and provides a glimpse of the new threat he will encounter in “Halo 4.” Filmed in Prague, “Scanned” continues the franchise’s tradition of expanding the universe through award-winning live-action stories, adding to the lore and anticipation for the next chapter in the landmark franchise that has sold more than 43 million game copies worldwide and generated more than $3 billion in franchise sales.The two-minute long Scanned trailer is set to debut on US talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on October 18th (PST), and will be added to the Halo Waypoint site and the official Xbox Youtube channel shortly after. A still from the trailer can be seen below.
Create beautiful maps almost by accident in Halo 4's overhauled Forge mode. Kynan Pearson and Lori Zawada walk us through the improvements to Forge.Check it out below.
Thomas Lasky came to Corbulo Academy of Military Science with his mother and brother's impressive military careers hanging over his head. Haunted by ghosts from his past, he has serious doubts about the war he's expected to fight. As fellow cadet Chyler Silva tries to help him find his place at the academy, tensions with other squad members approach the breaking point.The live action series is being directed by Stewart Hendler and really goes to show how well an actual movie could do for the Halo universe. With a Battlestar Galatica vibe, its definitely a web series to keep an eye out for in the next few months.