November 6th 2012 marks return of Halo's Master Chief for another decade of action
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:41 PM
Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced that the brand new Halo 4 game will launch worldwide for Xbox 360 on November 6th 2012.
It sees the return of one of the most popular characters in gaming history - Master Chief - and is set to be a blockbuster experience.
The original Halo trilogy brought action-packed gaming across epic levels and fans of the series will no doubt be chomping at the bit now at the news of an official release date.
Halo 4 is set four years after its predecessor Halo 3 and will chart Master Chief's return to confront his own destiny and square up to an ancient evil in bid to save the entire universe, as only a 7ft tall, gun-toting military hero in half a ton of armour can.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios, said: "We are beginning a new saga with Halo 4 and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of Halo games and experiences.
"Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief and with Halo 4 leading the charge, we're confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history."
Halo is a vital game for Microsoft as it is not available for other consoles such as the PS3 and thus acts as a pretty attractive lure for gamers when it comes to choosing which platform to go with.
It is also a huge earner for the developers in its own right, having reportedly sold over 40 million copies and generated $3 billion (£1.8 billion), including from merchandise.
Earlier this month, it was announced that song writer and producer Neil Davidge, best known for his work with British band Massive Attack, will produce the musical score for Halo 4.
For the project, Davidge and his team enlisted a 16-person male choir, plus ten female Bulgarian vocalists and a full 50-piece orchestra.