Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: 343 Industries

Prometheans detailed in Halo 4 video ‘Return of the Forerunners’

343 Industries has rolled out a new video documentary for Halo 4 titled “Making of ‘Halo 4’ – Return of the Forerunners.” The behind-the-scenes footage covers the new class of Forerunner that serves as the protagonists, the Prometheans. Also covered in the 10-minute video is concept art and development footage as well as commentary from the creative director, executive producer, lead concept artist, and others.

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Halo 4 Map Pack pass, Limited Edition’s digitial extras detailed

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Microsoft has revealed additional info about some Halo 4 Limited Edition’s digital extras, as well as a new Map Pack pass. While gamers who pick up the standard release will initially only have access to two of the eight Specializations (Wetwork and Pioneer), upgrade paths that unlock armor mods, emblems, and other customization items in War Games and Spartan Ops at level 50, gamers who pick up the $99.99 Limited Edition will have early access to all eight. The premium version also includes access to nine post-launch maps; a 90-minute version of the live-action Forward Unto Dawn series, along with behind-the-scenes footage; a UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet with armor customization schematics, blueprint of the Infinity, and other info; and six downloadable customization items, detailed below.

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Microsoft announces console bundle, wireless controller for Halo 4

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Microsoft revealed a new Halo 4-themed Xbox 360 bundle and new wireless controller at Comic-Con. The Limited Edition ‘Halo 4′ bundle will hit store shelves on November 6 and include a custom system, standard copy of the game, wired headset, built-in Wi-Fi, Live tokens for exclusive in-game and avatar marketplace content, two themed controllers, and a 320GB hard drive. The front-panel green lights will also be blue, fitting with the game’s color scheme. The controller will sport a United Nations Space Command theme, with the UNSC’s emblem on a translucent body, and a glowing blue Xbox button. An Avatar T-Shirt will also be included.

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Halo 4 to get Limited Edition, Infinity Multiplayer detailed

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Microsoft released a flurry of Halo 4 information today. The 343 Industries-developed entry will launch on November 6 in a standard edition as well as a Limited Edition. The decked-out premium version, detailed below, was announced alongside details about the expanded multiplayer component, now known as Halo Infinity Multiplayer.

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Halo 4 coming this November

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Microsoft has revealed November 6, 2012 as the official release date for Halo 4. 343 Industries’ follow-up to Halo: Reach will be a direct sequel to and set four years after Halo 3. Phil Spencer of Microsoft stated that Halo 4 marks the first entry in a new trilogy “that will encompass the next decade of ‘Halo’ games and experiences.”

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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary “Living Monument” site opens

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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary’s release is nearly here. Starting at midnight, a few lucky fans will be able to meet some of the crew from 343 Industries and Certain Affinity when they grab their copy at one of the launch parties. Fans who can’t make it to one of Microsoft’s events (listed below) can still contribute to the festivities by heading to HaloLivingMonument.com and uploading pictures of their favorite “Halo” moments, which will then be used to form a 3D mosaic image of the Chief. Submissions can also be rated and shared on Facebook and Twitter. Fans who contribute will find their additions included in a live-action tribute video that will serve as a nod to the series’ devoted.

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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary midnight launch, festivities info

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Microsoft is celebrating Halo: Combat Evolved’s ten-year anniversary with its very own decennalia. On November 15, over a dozen retailers will open their doors at midnight for the launch of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. The updated re-release, which will include maps from across the series, new features (Live co-op, new challenges, and a Firefight map), and Kinect support, will be available for $39.99 at midnight, but the festivities will kick off at 10 p.m. on November 13. Thirteen Microsoft Stores, listed below, will host friendly tournaments with free pizza and Monster Energy drinks, giveaways for the first 100 people in line as well as the first 100 to snag a copy, and a contest to win a limited Halo: Anniversary 360 console skin.

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