Few details pertaining to the upcoming 343 Industries title Halo 4 have been surfacing over the past few weeks. Today, we are given quite a few awesome screenshots and some concept art to give us a little visual stimulation. Game Informer magazine had first dibs on the screenshots and they quickly hit the web, and they look pretty awesome. A total of eighteen new images, nineteen if you include the actual cover, in total were revealed.
The screens confirm a few small details, like the fact that the Covenant has once again pitted themselves up against the UNSC for unknown reasons. Furthermore, there is an entirely new enemy that needs to be dealt with that has still yet to be seen. Game Informer also hinted at the possibility of running into the infamous Forerunners from Halo lore that wiped out life 100,000 years ago…
Our hero, Master Chief, will be awakened four years after the events of Halo 3, still on the UNSC ship ‘Forward Unto Dawn’, as the again hostile Covenant begin to swarm what is left of the ship. The relationship between Master Chief and the slowly dying Cortana is said to be taking “center stage” in Halo 4 too, so be prepared to delve even deeper into the Chief’s psyche as we learn more about the man behind the helmet.
Check out the screenshots below:
Many multiplayer changes are going to be tied into the actual story of the game. Each multiplayer match is said to take place on the UNSC Infinity, a ship that Master Chief will come into contact with several times in Halo 4. All of the multiplayer action is reportedly set to occur on the ship’s holodeck for Spartan IV training purposes, which makes the multiplayer mode a little more meaningful than simply unleashing Spartans out into a field to slaughter each other – as was previously assumed to be happening.
Two multiplayer modes are so far known. ‘Spartan Ops’ is a co-op experience that’ll pit you and three of your buddies (or random online acquaintances) against enemy forces in the game. Each week players will be provided with another episode of the mode that’ll feature cutscenes and several missions they’ll be tasked with completing. The additional missions will be episodic in nature, but they’ll all be free for those who purchase the game. Since the mode has been compared to to the likes of the single-player experience, fans with the ability to access the content are in for a treat. The newest mode called ‘Regicide’ has also been confirmed. In this mode, online opponents will square off against one another, with the leading scorer being given the title of “King.” For every kill that the leader gets, their bounty will go up – making their death worth a pretty penny for those falling behind.