Halo 4's Limited Edition is now available to pre-order.
The hugely anticipated title will be set nearly five years after the events of Halo 3, with Master Chief set to face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the whole universe.
Halo Infinity Multiplayer is 343's re-envisioning of Bungie's legendary multiplayer mode. The UNSC Infinity - the largest starship in the UNSC fleet - will serve as the hub for our multiplayer experience in Halo 4. 343 promise to surround gamers with "the sights, sounds and crew of the biggest vessel in the UNSC fleet," promising that the "multiplayer experience will be embedded in the fiction of "Halo" like never before, where your progress and game choices affect your appearance, arsenal, and role on the battlefield."
Spartan Ops - the story of the UNSC Infinity - will intersect with the main campaign, and then will continue with its own narrative. Through episodic content drops, gamers will be treated to an ever expanding co-op experience, with new missions and cutscenes being made available every week. It'll also be free.
PvP combat will now take the name of War Games. Spartans will scrap it out on the combat deck of the UNSC Infinity. Whilst the core experience will remain Halo flavoured, new modes will be introduced.
Halo 4 is set to feature an expanded selection of multiplayer modes, weapons, vehicles, armour abilities, and a new loadout and player progression system. The game will also include gameplay-enhancing armour customisation options, a first for the Halo series.
Fans of the series will be interested in the following Limited Edition details. Retailing at £69.99, it will include:
" War Games Map Pack Access - The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps - three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE. (A detailed release schedule for the map packs will be announced at a later time)
Specializations - Receive early access to six Specialisations, available at launch on Xbox LIVE, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specialisations unlock new customisation options. Purchasers of the "Halo 4" Limited Edition will get access on launch day, while others will have to wait as Specialisations are released over time.
The Limited Edition also contains the UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet, which includes an armour customisation schematic, a blueprint of the massive ship itself, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity's finest warriors: the Spartan-IVs.
Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE:
o Unique in-game Spartan-IV armour skin
o Unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle
o An exclusive in-game emblem
o Xbox LIVE Avatar prop
o Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan-IV armour set
"Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn" Special Edition - An extended 90-minute version of the live-action digital series that will bring the "Halo" universe to life as you've never seen it, and provide an enthralling backstory leading up to the events of "Halo 4."
"Halo 4" Limited Edition also includes the following exclusive videos:
Bonus in-fiction content expanding the characters and stories of "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn"
Special Featurette : Bringing Gaming into Reality
Making of "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn"