First details of Halo 4's plot drop in – Chief gets new armor, Cortana nearing rampancy

Microsoft is saying that Halo 4 will kick off a new trilogy when it's released in 2012, but, as of yet, all we've had to go on is a fairly nondescript cinematic trailer. Now, 434 Industry's Frank O'Connor has started to lift the veil, and reveal some details about what we can expect when Halo 4 releases next year...

"There's some fairly radical modifications to his armour" O'Connor said in an interview with CVG. "Some of those are an artistic evolution, but some are connected to the story. We just can't talk about it yet. He's been in space for a long time."

Changes to armor are sort of expected – as O'Connor said, Chief has been in space for a long time, and things have undoubtedly changed. We're personally hoping some of his armor modifications let him do things like sprint, find cover, and use iron sights on any weapons (though he also confirms in the interview that the game "feels like Halo," so we're unsure if any of those features will make it in). 

Above: The teaser trailer for Halo 4 doesn't give us that much to work with

O'Connor also went into some slight story details, confirming that, yet again, Cortana is in danger. "Seven years is the lifespan for a smart AI before it enters a state called rampancy," he said. "Cortana was getting close to the end of her natural lifespan at the end of Halo 3 but she has been exposed to far more information than any other AI in existence. She's going to develop some muscle from that process but it also contributes to her rampancy - that much information makes things worse."

The interview also explains that while the sequel will begin the story on the Xbox 360, the trilogy will be concluding on whatever Microsoft's next system is. Beyond that, however, we'll likely need to wait until next year's E3 to find out more about what we can expect with the next Halo.




  • Errrrbo - December 3, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    Oh Cooper, how could you ask for iron sight usage with a straight face? This is a Halo game, keep that crap out of here. I don't want Halo 4 to be every other military shooter but with aliens.
  • miles-sanders - December 2, 2011 3:30 p.m.

    how do we know this info can be trsuted considering 434 is incorrect its 343 if you can't get a detail such as that correct how can this be true, and why would want iron sights or abilities to hide in cover that we turning the game less like halo and more like a space version of call of duty, sprint is an ability thats already features in halo and getting cover is crouching behind something.
  • angelusdlion - December 2, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    *urgs* Miles, that was speculation. He's saying that there might be new stuff in there might not.
  • Born_Stellar - December 2, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    his information is correct, since he's obviously read it on more reputable sources and posted them here in order to claim the praise for releasing this "new" halo 4 info. personally I've read all the information stated in this article months ago on the OXM website, as well as exclusive interviews in their magazine. any information about iron sights, cover system and sprint is just speculation (rather dull and woefully uninformed as it may be).
  • gondarpwns - December 2, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    *sigh* More of a reason to hate the series i used to love... I cant play H3 anymore because of reach... Don't fix it if its not broken
  • Born_Stellar - December 2, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    well I'd like to say that whoever wrote this article seems quite clueless. first of all he doesn't proof-read his work "434 industries"? secondly, he thinks its an upgrade to mjolnir's weapon interface to introduce iron sights (clearly he doesn't know a thing about halo). also, introducing a cover system into the game would definately make the game feel a whole lot less like halo. whoever this writer is, its clear that he wants halo to turn into one of today's generic and bland fps games, and again, I'd like to reiterate that he has no freakin' clue what he's talking about. also this article contains no new information, since OXM has already revealed information about cortana's rampancy in its much older article: this article is nothing more than a re-hashing of what has already been said before and includes absolutely zero new information.
  • JayQ - December 2, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    "its clear that he wants halo to turn into one of today's generic and bland fps games" IMHO, you can't get more generic or bland than Halo already is. Halo is made out of the most simple, basic mechanics. It is a "my first FPS"
  • Born_Stellar - December 2, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    @JayQ you are so wrong. halo is one of the few fps games that doesn't include iron sights, despite the apparent peer-pressure from all other fps games (seriously, whats the appeal of having those bulky sights, most are more in the way than actually helping you aim). it doesn't include an automatic cover system which makes you stick to a wall like your pants were covered in superglue and electromagnets. instead its intuitive enough to let you simply duck behind cover by yourself, assuming that you're NOT an infant that needs to be pulled out of the way of incoming fire and missiles. halo also has a different color scheme than the one popular with other fps games these days. i.e. it includes other colors than those that are found on the standard manuer color palette. the weapons also deviate from the most common collection included in all other fps games, most notably including a melee weapon option other than a combat knife. it also includes a wide array of energy projecting weapons to add some alternatives to the monotonous projectile based menu. Halo also has an increased survivability aspect, where it takes more than a bullet to kill you. this allows the player to have time to think while under attack, instead of just react. this adds a whole new strategic depth to the gameplay which is not found in most other fps games. I could go on, but I feel I've made my point.
  • Austin1234 - December 2, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    Seriously, everything you just mentioned furthers the previous point that it's basically FPS training wheels. Iron sights absolutely help aim, and bring a little bit more realism to the idea of shooting a weapon in a game. No cover system means an entire array of interesting and complex game mechanics that allow for a deeper strategy are missing from the series. Gears' cover system adds to the game by making you think more in your firefights about flanking, enemy positions, etc. I have no idea what a color scheme has to do with anything. Maybe you just like the pretty colors. And those energy weapons? They are hardly anything to write home about. Finally, survivability aspect? So since you live longer it means that this isn't just a training wheels fps? That's exactly what it sounds like. Get out of here with your halo fanboyism. See it for what it is. A generic game like most other FPS games. I like halo, but I'm not going to pretend it's a cut above the rest. It isn't.
  • Born_Stellar - December 3, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    I absolutely disagree. the reason why halo doesn't have iron sights is because it doesn't strive after "realism". its based purely on science fiction, by definition its not meant to be like real life. hell, the main reason we play video games and watch movies is because they are based on events you wouldn't experience in real life. you're saying that just because you're required to press a button in order to find proper cover it adds a whole new aspect of interesting game mechanics? that's like saying having a car that parallel parks for you adds a whole new aspect to the driving experience. No, it doesn't, instead it removes an aspect by it doing it for you, something you SHOULD be able to do yourself. I'd also like to add that if you think just because there isn't a cover system in halo its somehow impossible to flank the enemy team, then you should really avoid voicing your opinion because you clearly have no freakin' idea what you're talking about. I do like a varied color scheme in a game, because I put at least a little stock into the overall visual presentation. don't you? increased survivability doesn't make the game any easier, since its a level playing field for all. if you were capable of logical thought, you would realize that longer engagements allow for more room to maneuver and time to consider revised tactics, instead of the split second it takes to kill someone in games like CoD and battlefield. its a different approach to combat which doesn't equal an easier game in any way. I shouldn't get to voice my opinion just because I enjoy halo over other FPS games? by that logic YOU shouldn't be able to voice your opinion either, because you enjoy playing CoD or battlefield over halo. in fact, this is a topic regarding a halo game, so my paradigm takes precedence over yours, so get out.
  • Spacegrass - December 2, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    I really hope Cortana's rampancy is more like Durandal in Marathon 2, and less like her emo phase in Halo 3.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - December 2, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    I wish they would go back to basics. I was playing the Combat Anniversary multiplayer, and while it runs off the Reach engine, no armor abilities plus better maps plus better weapons equals a much funner Halo. If 343 doesn't remake Halo 2, I think that will be a huge let down for the franchise in general.
  • Doorstop - December 2, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    Huh, I'm actually surprised they're bringing up the Cortana's rampancy. I guess hiring all those dedicated community members is making sure they follow established conventions.
  • soggysage - December 2, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    Just a reminder for next year- 8 is great!!!
  • ObliqueZombie - December 2, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    Pretty excited for this. I can't wait to delve into the lore of Halo more deeply than ever before.
  • archnite - December 2, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    Read as Cortana reaching Pregnancy O_o
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - December 2, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    That is really disturbing how an A.I. and a super soldier could ever get together. Unless... maybe they'll make it like Avatar, where Cortana gets a body of her own. Oo just thought of that, seems like it could work, especially if it's taking place on an alien planet with advanced tech. after all. *fingers crossed* No Flood Please!
  • playswithsquirrels - December 2, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    I skipped everything after 3, but this may convince me to keep my XBox...
  • Kingery2011 - December 2, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    434 Industries is making this? I think its 343. Sorry.
  • CH3BURASHKA - December 2, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    No, 434's right - they upgraded their studio. /s

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