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Halo 4 is 'most expensive' Microsoft title ever

Microsoft has put out a lot of big games, but none have had more riding on them than Halo 4 when it comes out on November 6. Microsoft Studios chief Phil Spencer said the next installment in the series is the most expensive game the company has ever made.

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Microsoft has put out a lot of big games, but none have had more riding on them than Halo 4. Microsoft Studios chief Phil Spencer said the next installment in the Master Chief series is the most expensive game the company has ever made.

Speaking to Polygon (via Joystiq), Spencer said "nothing's even close" to the amount of money the studio has dumped into the game. It's the "most important entertainment product in the company," he said, and a $3 billion franchise, encompassing other media such as comics and short films, including Forward Unto Dawn.

Developer 343 Industries also has a lot to prove after taking the reins to the series from Bungie after the first trilogy was complete. Executive producer Kiki Wolfkill said the 343's first goal was "making the game feel like Halo." Metrics firm Nielsen has already said that Halo 4 is one of the most anticipated games on Xbox 360, so fans will let Microsoft know soon enough whether it has invested its money well.

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    October 25, 2012 12:30 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Halo 4 is 'most expensive' Microsoft title ever.

    Microsoft has put out a lot of big games, but none have had more riding on them than Halo 4 when it comes out on November 6. Microsoft Studios chief Phil Spencer said the next installment in the series is the most expensive game the company has ever made.

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      October 25, 2012 1:09 PM

      Huh crazy, I guess in that case it better be good no pressure. I think it will be very good I am really looking forward to it, hope its quiet open gameplay wise.

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        October 25, 2012 5:46 PM

        When does it come out? I haven't been paying attention.

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          October 25, 2012 5:46 PM

          like nov 5 or something like that. pretty soon

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            October 25, 2012 5:50 PM

            I guess I should play Reach. It's been sitting on my shelf forever.

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              October 25, 2012 6:53 PM

              Reach is awesome, and I am not really a Halo fan at all.

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                October 26, 2012 2:54 AM

                Yer same, i wasn't that big of a Halo fan either but Reach is great. The singleplayer is class.

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            October 25, 2012 6:01 PM

            ^^^ this

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          October 25, 2012 5:47 PM

          Election day.

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      October 25, 2012 5:41 PM

      They could have saved some money by NOT doing Forward Unto Dawn. Just saying.