343 Industries has released their first making-of video for Halo 4. These kinds of things usually come when we’ve had a lot time to review features of the game as opposed to having seen one teaser trailer and been kept in the dark for the past six months. Either way, it seems that this video is actually the announcement trailer for a lot of new things, so take a look and then see if you can find all the tiny details we could below.

The biggest thing to notice is that we’ve been given the game’s first screens of actual multiplayer gameplay. While they don’t look worlds above what we’ve seen in Halo: Reach, it is clear that the models they’re using are absolutely top-quality with more polygons than have ever been used in a Halo game. We’re also about seven years into the Xbox lifespan, so we can’t expect to have graphics that are insanely better. That said, if those Xbox 720 rumours hold true, Halo 4 will almost definitely be a launch title. What a way to sell systems that would be.

First Multiplayer Screens & New HUD Design

Incredibly Detailed Character and Vehicle Models

 

Other multiplayer features include a “compelling reason for red spartans to be fighting blue spartans,” according to Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director at 343 Industries. He also states that we will see a sort of fiction behind the multiplayer arena as well as the traditional slayer action we’re used to seeing. This could be interesting and will certainly add to the experience of fantastic multiplayer as it already is.

There are new Spartan IVs that look like they’d be bots in the multiplayer campaign, but are not nearly fleshed out enough in the video for us to make any sort of prediction about their role in the game. They do look pretty awesome and robotic, though.

Our first look at the (rather Robocop-styled) Spartan IV

Another thing that jumped out at me in the game are some new mechanics. Melee attacks look relatively the same (we didn’t get any taste of assassinations, so we don’t know if they will even return, but it seems a safe bet that they will), and running and gunning looks relatively unchanged. But there were some parts where you see a first-person view of Master Chief (read: only his hands) trying to pry open a set of doors. It is unclear as to whether this is a cutscene or movie, or an event that you control. I have a feeling it is actually a player controlled event, but I will say that if 343 Industries uses any sort of quick-time events in Halo 4, I will be sorely disappointed.

Prying Doors Open - I swear to God if this is a quick time event....

Music has long been a major part of the Halo series, so far as my calling it one of the biggest reasons to own Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach. It seems like the new audio director, Sotaro Tojima, has gotten his hands around a lot of meat in regards to Halo 4′s audio. They’ve recorded over 100 themes and audio pieces so far, and have a new team doing all the audio. I have to say, my biggest trepidation about this game is when I heard that Marty O’Donnell would not be doing the audio for it, but seeing the care with which Tojima has handled the music so far, I’m confident the game is in good hands. Watching the trailer, you can get a good feel for how the music sounds, and so far, it is nothing short of epic.

Also, for those of you who care (which is probably most of you if you’re Halo fans): the battle rifle is also back.

All in all, it seems like the team at 343 has actually got quite a bit of their work done, and that’s where they need to be to hit their Holiday 2012 ship date. For a game that has been in development for a long time, we know very little about it, and while this video explains a ton, there is exponentially more we have yet to find out. Like, well, the entire single player campaign. How did he get that jetpack?

About The Author

Christopher Kalanderopoulos founded Eggplante in 2009 to cover one event in Los Angeles. It never occurred to him that it might make him the Editor-in-Chief of an online magazine nearly half a decade later. He spends most of his time gaming, backing cool Kickstarter projects, and hanging out with his wicked cool niece and nephew.

  • http://twitter.com/FaggitShit FaggitShit

    looks EXACTLY like REACH, if not worse, the jaggies are certainly worse, how long can this
    AWFUL, sub-hd, jaggie ridden nightmare, garbage a$$ graphical turd of a generation last????

    FREAKING MAKE NEW CONSOLES!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1641960070 Christopher Kalanderopoulos

      The graphics are certainly better than reach, and they’re even more certainly not sub-HD. For one thing, the screenshots I’ve taken above were from the trailer video while in motion, so they will look a bit jagged. Second, this is pre-beta material. Might even be pre-alpha, so the game has a long way to come in terms of polish and fit and finish.

      I agree, make some new consoles, but I don’t think it’ll be of much use if there aren’t great games for it, which is why the Wii U looks fantastic, and why this running on the next Xbox would be a Godsend. Just don’t expect it to happen.