Halo 4, developed by 343 Industries, represents the start of a new trilogy and the first title not developed by Bungie. While some fans may be skeptical, the developers seem pretty confident about the success of the title.
Excited about Halo 4? Wait until the next-generation sequel arrives
In an interview with UK newspaper The Independent, 343 Industries spoke about Halo 4 and what the developer is aiming to do with the title. While most of the information spoken about is known, interesting tidbits were revealed.
Lead designer on the series, Scott Warner, said on introducing new enemies into the game that players wanted a new enemy to fight against. The concept of the Promethean AI was an early concept, aiming to try and blend the classic and new Halo enemies. However, Covenant do feature in the campaign in a less prominent role.
Spartan Ops was also talked about, confirmed again to be 5 episodes perk week and around the length of 2 campaigns. It works out at around 12 hours, so I guess that can be the length of 2 campaigns.
The Independent also asked about developing Halo 5, and the trilogy’s final entry in the franchise, for Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox.
343 added in the interview with The Independent it wanted to create from past Halo games with Halo 4. At E3 this year, graphically Halo 4 looked fantastic. Definitely a jump from Bungie’s title; The Independent noted the underwhelming reaction to the jump from Halo 2 to Halo 3.
The studio also said it has the advantage of working with Microsoft, probably meaning the developer gets access to next-generation hardware before most developers. An apparent Durango development kit surfaced on eBay, though buying the unit could mean Microsoft will knock on your door and demand its return. Eurogamer also spoke with an anonymous person claiming to have access to the development kit, confirming it is legitimate.
While we do not know how Halo 4 will play, yet, it seems to have a greater sense of awareness. Past Halo titles have definitely had a loyal audience, with the Call of Duty crowd competing. Halo 4 does borrow minor elements from Call of Duty, but may have managed to expand the audience.
Halo 4 releases November 6 on Xbox 360.