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Halo 4 dropped stasis gun to make the game less sci-fi

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 01, 2013 2:45pm PDT

Halo 4 could have had a stasis gun. Or a "grapple harpoon." But these weapons were taken out in an effort to make the game more accessible and less sci-fi.


"The new music wasn't bad, it just wasn't Halo. I wish I could come up wtih a composer to ..."

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Halo 4 Forge Island released two weeks early

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 29, 2013 9:30am PDT

Planning regulations and certification can be a nightmare to navigate so when permission comes through, go hell-for-leather. Halo 4's new building space Forge Island was supposed to launch on April 11 but as it's now passed cert, 343 Industries tossed it out today for all to...


Halo 4 'Forge Island' coming on April 11

By Steve Watts, Mar 25, 2013 3:15pm PDT

The Halo 4 panel at PAX East revealed a few upcoming additions: a free Forge Island map, a new skill ranking system, and a title update with balance adjustments.


Halo 4 multiplayer updates to be less frequent, more substantial

By Steve Watts, Mar 14, 2013 11:30am PDT

Halo 4 is getting ready to wrap up its planned "War Games" map packs, and will be moving to a bi-weekly model for more substantial multiplayer updates.


"Can't forget the atrocious join in progress system, and the broken killcams. "

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Halo 4 'Castle' map pack coming April 8

By Steve Watts, Mar 11, 2013 12:45pm PDT

Halo 4's "Castle" map pack is coming April 8, bringing three new maps and a 6v6 playlist with a focus on team objectives and vehicular combat.


Halo 4's Majestic map pack hits February 25

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 19, 2013 8:15am PST

Good grief, you got a whole new Halo only three months ago, not to mention a DLC map pack a month later, yet you already want more? Luckily Microsoft and 343 Industries have anticipated your shameless greed and today announced the second Halo 4 DLC pack, named Majestic, will...


Halo 4 Spartan Ops episode 8 trailer getting dicey

By Steve Watts, Jan 31, 2013 7:00am PST

A new trailer for the next episode of Halo 4's Spartan Ops shows the situation aboard the UNSC Infinity getting more dire as the Prometheans gain ground.


"The episodes 6 and on were actually worlds better than the first five. Finally new, varied maps ..."

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Halo 4 Spartan Ops episode 7 has Infinity being invaded

By John Keefer, Jan 24, 2013 2:30pm PST

Episode 7 of the renewed Spartan Ops season debuts on Monday, and a per usual, Microsoft has unveiled a teaser for the five-mission co-op package. In this go round, embattled scientist Catherine Halsey gets a bit of payback for her current house arrest.


Best of 2012: #10 - Halo 4

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 21, 2013 12:00pm PST

Halo 4 for Xbox 360 is #10 in our Best of 2012.


"Two games earned our 10th place position in a tie. There are no other ties on the list, though."

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Halo 4 Spartan Ops continues January 21

By Steve Watts, Jan 18, 2013 1:15pm PST

Halo 4's Spartan Ops episodes will start back up again next week, beginning a run of five new episodes to finish out the first season.


"yeah, its the episodes that make it good. the actual gameplay is lackluster. at launch the it'd ..."

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Halo 4 was a learning process, franchise director says

By John Keefer, Jan 10, 2013 9:30am PST

Halo 4 franchise director Frank O'Connor has taken a postmortem-style look back at the game, concluding that 343 Industries first effort in filling the big shoes of departed developer Bungie "wasn't half bad," and helped the studio learn a few things for future iterations of...


"If I haden't read Halo Cryptum before I played the game, I would have been confused. 343 brought ..."

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Next Halo already in development

By John Keefer, Dec 06, 2012 11:20am PST

We knew another Halo was coming, given that it is the biggest video game franchise that Microsoft has. But franchise development director Frank O'Connor reveals that the next game is already in the early stages of development.


"Not only that, but 343 Industries was essentially created to make more Halo games."

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Shack PSA: Halo 4 Spartan Ops episode 5 released

By Steve Watts, Dec 03, 2012 9:30am PST

Episode 5 of Halo 4's "Spartan Ops" co-op missions has been released, complete with a trailer to tease the story hooks.


"Achievement-related PSA: If completing the five episodes in co-op does not give you the ..."

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Bungie teased 'Destiny' in Halo 3: ODST

By Steve Watts, Nov 30, 2012 9:30am PST

Bungie hid an easter egg in Halo 3: ODST for its next project, code-named "Destiny." The teaser has been hidden in the game for three years, but only recently made sense thanks to leaked Destiny images.


Halo 4 'Crimson' map pack coming December 10 with new mode

By Steve Watts, Nov 29, 2012 12:00pm PST

343 Industries detailed the upcoming "Crimson" map pack for Halo 4, which includes three new maps and a new game type.