Halo 4’s Infinity Multiplayer Details Revealed, Info on Machinima Live-Action Series
Today, 343 Industries, the studio tasked with taking over Microsoft’s Halo franchise from Bungie, sent out a press release offering all kinds of details about the Infinity Multiplayer mode this November 6′s Halo 4 will offer.
Apparently the game’s multiplayer mode is based on the UNSC Infinity, “the largest starship in the UNSC fleet that serves as the center of your Spartan career.” The ship will be the setting for the multiplayer mode’s story, and based on what you play and how you play it, your on-ship appearance, arsenal, and battlefield role will change accordingly.
In conjunction with Infinity Multiplayer, Xbox LIVE will show weekly episodes of “Spartan Ops,” which will “center on the UNSC Infinity leaders and crew, and a new team of Spartans—Majestic Squad.” These will serve as the basis for each week’s multiplayer offerings and missions, which, frankly, sounds like a really good way to keep players hooked on the experience. The game’s competitive multiplayer mode, known as “War Games,” has yet to really be detailed in the press release, but we’re assured that more will come soon.
The hundred-dollar “Limited Edition” version of the game will include War Games Map Pack Access (which will have nine mpas), early access to six specializations, and some other bonus junk, like unique in game armor and weapon skins, an exclusive in-game emblem, and some avatar stuff (does anyone REALLY care about avatar items?).
But probably most exciting is the “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” Special Edition that’s included with the limited edition, which will be a 90-minute cut of the Machinima-exclusive, live-action series we wrote about a few weeks ago. The special edition will come with featurettes and behind-the-scenes goodness.
Now, if you’re not gonna drop a hundred bucks on the game, you’ll still get the chance to watch the episodes on YouTube, which is planned to hit the Intertubes in five episodes in October. Here’s the official description from the press release, because it’s written all Hollywood-snazzy in ways I can’t even hope to imitate:
“Premiering this October on a soon-to-be-announced Machinima channel on YouTube, and on Halo Waypoint, ‘Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn’ is a live-action digital series that takes fans back to the terrifying beginning of the Human/Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC’s greatest vessel: the UNSC Infinity. ‘Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn’ tells a story leading into the events of ‘Halo 4,’ the biggest entertainment event of 2012.”
LOTS OF THINGS. Lots and lots. So, yeah. Halo 4. You’re PROBABLY going to buy this.