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.



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  • MetroidPrimeRib - December 2, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    lol Halo without Bungie is like Fallout without Black Isle
  • GR HollanderCooper - December 2, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    Universally acclaimed?
  • SonicX_89 - December 2, 2011 2:38 p.m.

  • Boomer1992 - December 2, 2011 1:41 p.m.'s going to be great?
  • Redeater - December 2, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    Do I have to point out the irony of Boomers avatar responding to MetroidPrimeRibs comment? Also...thinking helps before posting comments. Check metacritic if you think Fallout was horrible.
  • Cwf2008 - December 2, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    Game of the year?
  • ObliqueZombie - December 2, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    New, innovative, and addicting?
  • JayQ - December 2, 2011 2 p.m.

    Reach was a sad excuse for a Halo game that felt rushed and didn't even match the amount of content halo 3 had. IMO, Halo was due for some new blood.
  • FOZ - December 2, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    How does that make sense? It finally had a focused campaign with no Flood and a variety of settings, a fleshed-out Firefight mode, and it's not like I'm going to go count maps and weapons, but I don't see any way Reach could have less content than 3. How do you even reach that conclusion?
  • Manguy17 - December 2, 2011 2:37 p.m.

    imo the campaign was notably worse, the fact that it was focused took away from the sandbox that was halo. and i felt the armour abilities actually took away from some of the simple fun, much like how excessive perks/unlocks/killstreaks are damaging cod.
  • JayQ - December 2, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    simply because there where no skulls to find, they where given to you from the start. Also, Reach's campaign was a joke, there where levels you could beat without firing a single shot, just keep running and when you hit the checkpoint all the enemies behind you vanish.
  • MetroidPrimeRib - December 2, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    Silly kids thinking Fallout 3 is good
  • 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.

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