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Halo 4 spoiler alert: Has a major battle with the game's true antagonist already been blown by the game's own developers?

If any story ever seemed to exemplify the dangers of trying to be too clever when teasing your fans, it could be this one. Because unless this is all an elaborate red herring (and to be honest, there's a decent chance it might be), then Halo 4 developer 343 Industries might just have accidentally leaked a fairly significant page of the game's script all over the internet.

Originating in a post on NeoGAF (potential spoilers through that link obviously), the story goes that a raft of information regarding a (or potentially the) climactic battle with Halo 4's previously unconfirmed antagonist is visible during one brief shot in 343's recent "A Hero Awakens" documentary video. A re-watch and some judicious pausing reveals that the information is indeed present, via what appears very much to be a page from the game's mocap performance script. 

Turning up at around the 3:55 mark, the page is only in focus on screen for the merest blip of time, but that didn't stop GAF user Slightly Live from digging out possible details of the identity of the game's primary enemy, some new abilities for Cortana, and a real sense of the new enemy's level of power. None of those details are going to be fleshed out on these pages for the sake of avoiding inflicting accidental spoilers, but interested parties can find them all on the original NeoGAF post, along with some more speculation driven by a currently unreleased (but heavily previewable on Amazon) Halo novel.

3 comments

  • Hobogonigal - September 4, 2012 3:41 a.m.

    I'm not sure whether they'd be that dumb to be honest. I mean what's the reasoning behind that: 'hey guys, for this quick shot can you leave one of the most important parts of the game on camera for a split second. Y'know, just to show people that we have a script n stuff.' Definitely a red herring for sure, maybe trying to pretend that the ending has been revealed like what actually happened to Mass Effect 3.
  • NullG7 - September 3, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    I think I might miss the cut-scenes in the older games, like how in Halo 3 Johnson did not have ears he just had triangles glued to his head lol. But in all seriousness it looks like this will be as fun to watch as it is to play though.

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