Halo 4 gets official launch: November 6, 2012 confirmed

The dawn of a new trilogy.

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of the Halo series. We’ve been playing the games since their inception and release in 2001 on the original Xbox. Fast forward more than a decade and we’re beginning the second trilogy in the series and embarking on the Reclaimer storyline.

Well, today, Xbox and 343 Industries has officially announced that November 6th, 2012 will be Halo 4 day in North America and around the world. That fateful Tuesday will see the beginning of a brand new saga with Master Chief and Cortana, probably some Covenant and Flood of some sort, and the reveal of just who the Forerunner species are.

It would be great to have more details than are presently available, but with the game’s launch in less than seven months (half a year!), you can expect to see tons of new screens, videos, and even perhaps some playable content at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles. The playable content is much more up in the air than anything like a video documentary detailing the project’s development, but we’ll certainly have a lot more information by the time E3 rolls around either way.

It might be very easy to say that Halo 4 will be a huge success, and truthfully, we’re not sure there is anything stopping us from doing so. But this is the first title in the series where a lot is up in the air. Will the start of this new trilogy be worthwhile and meaningful in the same way Master Chief crash-landed on the original Halo? Will Cortana’s seven year lifespan be extended or will her AI be extinguished?

And perhaps the biggest question: does 343 Industries have what it takes to begin a new trilogy in such a massive and epic franchise? We’re leaning towards the yes, as they did a stellar job on Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, but bigger studios have come upon even grander failures, so nothing is for certain.

Expect to hear lots more in the coming months as Halo 4 details develop. To get caught up on the latest video documentary direct from 343 Industries, take a look: