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Microsoft releasing  Halo 4  on November 6 worldwide
Microsoft releasing Halo 4 on November 6 worldwide
April 17, 2012 | By Eric Caoili

April 17, 2012 | By Eric Caoili
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft Studios has announced that Halo 4, the newest entry for one of the Xbox 360's biggest exclusive franchises, will launch around the world on November 6.

Halo 4 will be the first numbered released for the series since 2007, as well as the first new game release to be shipped by developer 343 Industries, which took over the first-person shooter property from Bungie several years ago.

Since opening in 2007 as a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios, 343 Industries has shipped a remake of 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved and the Halo Waypoint Xbox 360/mobile app. It's also released updates for 2010's Halo: Reach developed by Bungie.

Halo 4 is meant to be the first of a new trilogy for the franchise. Microsoft Studios' corporate VP Phil Spencer says the game starts a journey that will encompass the next decade of Halo games and experiences.

Since its debut a decade ago, the Halo series has sold more than 40 million games around the world. Microsoft has capitalized on its popularity with licensed novels, live-action shorts, comic books, apparel, action figures, and other Halo merchandise.

Microsoft claims Halo 3 had the biggest consumer launch of all time when it released in 2007, after the Bungie-developed game generated some $170 million just 24 hours after going on sale in the United States.

Media research group Nielsen recently polled gamers and found that Halo 4 is their most anticipated title for Xbox 360 in 2012, followed by Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III, Rockstar's Max Payne 3, and Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 13.

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Joe McIntosh
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Pretty stoked for this. I hope 343 don't just try to bank on the franchise.

Matthew Mouras
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Looks like they were doing some innovative things for the multiplayer. Some sort of persistent team-based mode. Well... it's innovative AND it also includes a "perk" equivalent to CoD. :)

Here's hoping they follow the schedule of a trilogy over the course of a decade rather than an iteration every year.

Rob Wright
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It's funny...I hated Halo and found Halo 2 way over-hyped, but every game in the series (with the exception of ODST, which is a good little game) has gotten progressively better than the last, culminating with Halo Reach, which I think is the best game of the series and Bungie's finest hour.

I'm tempering my expectations for #4 because even though 343 has worked with Bungie and previous Halo games, their experience is limited.

k s
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I'm really hoping they do a good job on the singleplayer, I could care less about the multiplayer, I gave up on multiplayer years ago, lots of effort for no real satisfaction.

Andrew Wallace
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I liked the original trilogy and Reach, but I really kind of wish they were holding off on this. I just don't really want another Halo; I've been playing it for ten years.

If they announced it in three, four more years, I would probably be really excited. As it is? Meh.

(Don't get me wrong, I understand why they're doing this. I know most people don't share my views and that it will almost certainly see huge profits.)

Evan Combs
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I kind of agree with you. I would rather them explore some different aspects of the universe and different genres first.

Curtis Turner - IceIYIaN
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Halo I/II must have sold like crap on PC... lol ):

Joe McGinn
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Please please PLEASE tell me it's not about "Aliens invading a future war torn Earch". SOOO sick of that cliche, and would like to see Halo be a science fiction game again - you know, exploring and alien world like the original.