Halo 4 is an upcoming video game and the eights installment in the best-selling Halo franchise. Halo 4 is intended to be the first of a new trilogy of Halo series games, named the "Reclaimer Trilogy". After rumored if Halo 4 for Xbox 720, Microsoft confirms Halo 4 is for Xbox 360. Whereas the previous Halo games were developed by Bungie, Halo 4 will be developed by 343 Industries, Microsoft's new internal development company. The game continues some time after the ending of Halo 3, and marks the return of the Master Chief as the main protagonist. Cortana will also appear in the game. The game will be released Q4, 2012.
Frank O'Connor confirmed that the planet seen in the trailer is Sigma 7 from Halo 3 (during the Legendary epilogue) and said that "It is safe to say it's not human". The game is currently expected to be released in "Holiday 2012", following the release of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary on November 15th, 2011.
Little is known about the game at this point. The teaser-trailer debuted at E3 2011 titled, Awakening, is thus far, the major source of information.
Halo 4 Trailer
In the teaser, Master Chief, asleep in his cryo-tube, awakens as Cortana shouts for him to wake up. Although slow to wake from his stasis (as is normal for cryo-sleep), the Chief energetically snaps into action. He gets out of the tube and approaches Cortana, reassuring her that he is awake and present. An explosion reverberates through the hull, cutting their brief reunion short and alerting John to the danger of the situation. With little time to lose, he transfers Cortana to her data chip and exits the room, drifting weightlessly through the disintegrating interior of the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn with the aid of a thruster pack. As he maneuvers through the debris-filled corridor, he grabs what seems to be a magnum-like pistol that fires off single-use explosive projectiles. He uses the weapon to blast open an opening in the aft section of the ship. Exiting through the torn section, the Chief prepares to face whatever warranted his awakening, as the Dawn approaches a mysterious planet/unknown construct with a massive portal/tunnel opening.
The Master Chief's armor has taken on several asthetic changes. The details have been increased and the look and feel has changed, although still remaining similar to the Halo 3 Mark VI armor. This is probably because 343 Industries didn't want to stray too far from the original version of Halo 2 and Halo 3. Though the same, the armor looks a little different (in the teaser-trailer). The shoulder-pieces appear to be different from the original Mark VI version in Halo 2 and Halo 3. A "pelvis-guard" piece is also missing. 343 industries said there's an actual story reason for the armor change.
There are rumors there might be a new voice actor for Cortana, because during the trailer, Cortana's voice sounds distinctly different from Jen Taylor's, the voice actor in the trilogy. However, they may have just used a temporary replacement for the teaser only (and Jen Taylor may be voice-acting for Cortana in the actual game), or was because when her voice was heard the video was panning "inside" the Chief's body, and therefore muffled her voice.
An "ancient evil" was stated to appear on the leaked Halo E3 page. It has the possibility of being either the Precursors, the Forerunners, the Flood, or something entirely new and unexpected. It should also be noted that the construct shown in the trailer appears to not be of human or Covenant origin. Since Halo Fest 2011, new developments have taken place that show what seems to be the identity of the enemy. It has been confirmed that inside the planet are machines of unknown origin. They seem to be Forerunner in nature, but it is unconfirmed.
A video was released at Halo Fest showcasing concept art of a humanoid creature. What this creature may be has yet to be revealed.
*Source: Halo 4- Wikia
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