Halo 4’s Spartan Ops episodic campaign includes 50 episodes across 10 weeks, for free, according to a Microsoft ExpertZone survey.
The first season is free and includes 50 episodes, and clan support could – finally – be back
Halo 4’s Spartan Ops mode is an episodic campaign designed to fill the narrative gap between the campaign and multiplayer and, even though we know it was going to run for a number of weeks, we didn’t know for how long and how many episodes would feature. According to a Microsoft ExperZone survey, Spartan Ops will run for 10 weeks across 50 episodes.
That’s five a week, as we already knew, so perhaps one a day. It’s an evolution of the daily and weekly Challenges introduced in Halo: Reach which set goals for players to fill, in exchange for credits which can be exchanged for cosmetic upgrades such as armor pieces of Firefight voices.
Microsoft ExpertZone is designed for employees of GameStop to familiarize themselves on upcoming products.
Wealth of Info, Clans Finally Back?
Other information on the survey is that Master Chief will have a new nemesis – perhaps the Didact, head of the presumed extinct Forerunner species – and the confirmation of Cortana heading into rampancy. A.Is in the Halo universe descend into rampancy after seven years, due to absorbing vasts amount of information. In Halo: Combat Evolved, Cortana effectively absorbed all the information on the Halo rings.
Other news was the confirmation of 10 new weapons, 2 new vehicles along with returning favorites, the new Promethean enemy class, drop-in and drop-out of matchmaking, and the ability to create groups. Groups were branded as Clans in Halo 2, and have been long requested to return.
10 multiplayer maps will be included. On Spartan Ops, 10 weeks of missions were confirmed with 5 episodes. It doesn’t specifically say five daily, and it may be that they’re released at the start of the week and players can play them in their own time. Season 1 is also free; developers said the content is effectively the size of a campaign, so it’s not bad value for money. The survey says 12 hours, with each episode around 10-15 minutes according to Creative Director Josh Holmes on the Giant Bombcast during E3.