E3 2011: Halo 4 inbound Holiday 2012

“John, wake up!” The first teaser for the new Halo epic begins much like Fight Club. Nerve cells react in brain fluid before the camera pulls out revealing series hero, Master Chief in the cryogenic sleep chamber we last saw him in during Halo 3's conclusion. This is no reboot. This is not a new character. This is Halo 4, which Microsoft promises to be the beginning of a new trilogy.

He bursts out of the chamber and floats towards a projection of Cortana, just feet away. Yes, floats. The hull of his ship has been destroyed and Spartan-117 finds himself weightless in Zero-G. He turns his attention towards the ship wreckage and boosts the rocket thrusters on his armor, propelling him forward. Dodging wreckage, he unholsters his trademark pistol and fires to clear a path. He comes to the edge of the ship, which is aflame for some unknown reason and hurtling right towards...a portal of some sorts. Winter 2012 is the last image we see, complete with the logo for the new series developer 343 Industries.

We're a little melancholy to not see Bungie's logo up there, but we're confident in 343 Industries considering they got their feet wet by developing Halo Reach's Defiant map pack. Hopefully, Halo 4 will be the breath of fresh air the series needs. And if that fast jetpack segment – straight out of the Dead Space 2 handbook – is any indication, then we're sure the series will continue strong.

We have absolutely no details at all on Halo 4, but check back with us in the coming months and stay tuned to our further E3 coverage.

June 6, 2011


E3 Microsoft


  • mattol58 - June 6, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    I seriously can't wait for this, we see inside of master chief and still no face?
  • reach110 - June 6, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    HOLY FREAKING HALIBUT YES!!! Hopefully this recaptures my interest in the franchise.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - June 6, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    Another 3? Ho hum. I'm far more interested in what Bungie's doing next.
  • Spybreak8 - June 6, 2011 7:23 p.m.

    I thought Microsoft would at least show us Halo HD Remake, Aniv. as they call it, but wasn't expecting to see a CG trailer for Halo 4, let alone that it's a new TRILOGY!? wha?
  • EvilDrPorkchop - June 6, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    I think Microsoft needed this REALLY badly to bring attention to their show
  • NightCrawler_358 - June 6, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    Wow, I thought Nintendo's conference was first, starting tomorrow. While there don't seem to be many Microsoft exclusives coming out, this is a pretty big deal. I've never owned any X-Box, but I'll be playing plenty of this with friends.
  • tacoman38 - June 6, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    is it.....Marathon!?!?!??!?!!!
  • Pruman - June 6, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    My real questions are as follows (spoiler warning): 1) Since the Halos are effectively stuck on standby (assuming they can no longer be activated from the Ark), how will that factor into the story? 2) Since the Human-Covenant War is over for all intents and purposes, who will the Chief fight? Will he spark another Human-Covenant war by committing an atrocity, a la Andrew Jackson fighting the Battle of New Orleans long after the War of 1812 was over? Imagine that...a Halo game where you fight both humans and the Covenant. Now THAT would be some ballsy storytelling!
  • Brutalicus - June 6, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    Yep, I saw that jetpack and thought Dead Space 2. Assuming there's zero-G jetpack sequences in the game, I think it's safe use the teaser as evidence that 343 is looking at what other games did right. In other news, shit I have to play Reach still.
  • Brutalicus - June 6, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    Yep, I saw that jetpack and thought Dead Space 2. Assuming there's zero-G jetpack sequences in the game, I think it's safe use the teaser as evidence that 343 is looking at what other games did right. In other news, shit I have to play Reach still.
  • BladedFalcon - June 6, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    Well, either 343 Industries makes the game truly stand out, at least on the Single player aspect, or breaks the franchise. It's a good scenario for me either way.
  • omegakulu - June 6, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    Finish the Fight............Again!
  • manateesta - June 6, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    I have come to the conclusion that no matter how many Halo titles they release I will buy them all, and I don't know why. On second thought, I know why, but I just feel a little ridiculous.
  • NatDaGamer - June 6, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    well. i was taking a break from history revision and saw this. that's quite an interesting way to end my day o.O *i am actually shivering now!! could be because my window's open though...
  • NelosAngelos - June 6, 2011 9:12 p.m. really surprised about this...even though the ending was a cliffhanger...again. I hope they don't show his face, I really do. And I hope it has solid multiplayer. The story...well, it's halo, people, nothing to worry about the story. I just wonder if the Sangheli return in this or not since the war is over.
  • PretzelBoy - June 6, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    Halo 4? Will this one also be the definitive Halo experience? I can't wait to see the fanboy reaction when this one gets a bad score as well. *Cue the Inception music*
  • GhostLightning - June 6, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    And all of a sudden not a fuck was given about Call of Duty or Battlefield. THE KING HAS RETURNED!!
  • BackwaterRifle - June 6, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    Mabey he goes back to keeping whats left of the human population under control. All 6,749 and a 1/3 of them.
  • SVC5 - June 6, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    YES!! There is just something about playing as the Chief that touches me more than those other crappy Spartans in reach. Cant wait!
  • komadose - June 6, 2011 9:48 p.m.

    it's propably "Kinect only"! *jumping high five*

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