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.




  • Blasto - December 2, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    Not exactly a ton of details to go on, but Cortana going rampant could be cool if it's done right.
  • Bladex206 - December 2, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    Fuck yeah I'm ready for this.
  • GhostbustTyler - December 2, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    I'm torn on this game. I've always loved Halo, but come on. I've already finished the fight. It feels a bit like kind of an extra money grab, but to be honest, I'll probably buy it just because of my shameful fanboyness of the series.
  • miles-sanders - December 2, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    i'd say halo wars odst and reach was more of money grabbers but they left a cliffhanging story knowones knows what happens with the elites and the humans the chief dissapears and how will things shape up after the war between each race will they stay friends or not, halo 4 could possibly been a game which finishes these questions for us but your right in that it could be another money grabber the next trilolgy of them.
  • ZacEfronZombieHunter - December 2, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    My concern is franchise fatigue-This'll be the sixth game in 4 years(Wars, ODST, Reach, and CE Anniversary). Microsoft had a good thing going, alternating HALO & Gears for their tentpole 1st-party fall releases... I live HALO, I've been a fan since I first drove a Warthog on Blood Gulch in an EB demo station, but I'm getting a little weary, and a little wary of it going the way of Tony Hawk, Tomb Raider, or Guitar Hero... Oh well. HollyCoop(I like when they call you that, I hope you don't mind that I do too), you're a great addition to AND a perfect fit for Talkradar, I'm glad we have you. 343, not 434. Because I'm a nerd.
  • UberNoob - December 2, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    I have to agree with you. No seriously, I have to...I'm being held at gun-point to do so... JK JK, though you have a point. I am somewhat of a Halo fan (have all the games and read the books), but it seems though the franchise is being milked out of. I mean, a new trilogy?! I understand new games will continue to keep the franchise alive and continue the story (though no necessary), but bring something new to the table. A difference, non-Halo game. I will probably buy the games though, only because I like Halo. I'd rather see more from 343 Industries and Halo than Activision and CoD...
  • miles-sanders - December 2, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    good point raised there ZacEfronZombieHunter, the positive side is that about 90% of the bungie team who worked on previous halo is with 343 industries and that 343 industries was helping to create halo from the beginning, the bad side is yes the game could turn shockingly bad and continue making more until they've totally killed the franchise, (like call of duty will), but halo 4 looks promising they will be filling in the last part of the story that people have been craving and finally we'll probably get to kill cortana as she is driving crazy just like 343 guilty spark did, but don't hold this to be a true fact. as long as the game is not covered in flood and finally gets to see the a legid forerunners. hooooray
  • 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
  • playswithsquirrels - December 2, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    I skipped everything after 3, but this may convince me to keep my XBox...
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • soggysage - December 2, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    Just a reminder for next year- 8 is great!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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