SDCC12: Halo 4 panel unveils new multiplayer information and more!

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343 Industries hosted the Halo 4: A New Campaign and Halo Infinity Multiplayer panel at Comic-con Saturday and unveiled some new information regarding multiplayer. Halo 4 will have a “completely new” leveling system which sort of mixes Reach and Halo 3‘s systems. You will earn armor mods and emblems both as you level, and based on your performance in games. Upon reaching the level cap, players will be able to re-enlist into specializations such as snipers, drivers, gunners, etc.

Because the developers loved assassinations so much, they decided to make them a bit more glamorous so they received a makeover for Halo 4. We were fortunate enough to see clips of these new assassinations during the panel. The flag carrier in Capture the Flag will knock players down and impale them with the flag. Another clip showed the Oddball carrier delivering a brutal uppercut disintegrating the player.

A new game mode, Regicide, is a new twist on Free For All in which one player will assume the role of the King and all others try to kill him. 343 Industries also said that music tracks will change when you are the special unit to make it feel more awesome. There is also a possibility of the flag carrier in Capture the Flag being able to use his pistol. While there might be some controversy regarding this change, Frank O’Connor said, “Flag pistol is about feeling a shade less helpless. In reality it won’t be a good idea to engage, even in a team situation but you’ll feel more empowered for the run.”

In addition to these updates, the Halo 4 Limited Edition Xbox 360 bundle was made official. For $399.99 US you can take home this sweet new console which comes with two exclusive controllers inspired by the game, a standard edition copy of “Halo 4,” a wired headset, a massive 320GB hard drive, built-in Wi-Fi, and Xbox LIVE tokens for exclusive “Halo 4” in-game and avatar marketplace downloadable content. The “ring of light” on the console, as well as the Xbox Guide button of the controller will showcase a glowing blue color to match the overall “Halo 4” color scheme.

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