Showcases New Environments, Vehicles
Following on from our earlier Halo Fest news, 343 concluded their sizzling panel with a treat for their fans; an exclusive insight into the world of Halo 4. Now, a few disclaimers; it's only concept art, and with little back story it's very hard to determine just what we're gaping over. However, it is quite obviously a Forerunner world, most likely the interior of the planetoid Chief's plummeting towards. It's very reminiscent of the first Halo game, and even shows off what look like Forerunner craft. The Chief is often seen alone, wandering the vast landscape, although certain scenes allude to a UNSC presence, with no sign - as yet - of the Covenant.
We were listening to 343's Halo 4 panel, and managed to latch on to a few key nuggets of information. First off, when questioned over whether we'd be getting our hands on Forerunner tech, franchise director Frank O'Connor reminded us it has been two years since the events of the original trilogy came to a close, and the UNSC has finally been afforded time to investigate Forerunner tech. As you might know, the Chief's MJOLNIR armor was inspired by Covenant tech salvaged near the beginning of the war, so the same could be true here.
Next up, 343 couldn't confirm whether John-117's back story would be investigated further in Halo 4 - kidnapped as a child and forced into the Spartan program, the Chief's story before Halo is well-detailed in numerous novels - but O'Connor himself did explain that not all fans know the Chief's story, providing them with an opportunity to inform.
343 is well into development now, but O'Connor joked that the team keeps coming up with excellent prototypes that have to be scrapped, simply because they don't fit in with the Halo model. O'Connor mentioned that, in any other project, a successful prototype would be immediately prepped for full on integration, but with Halo 4, 343 is treating the series' legacy very seriously.
All in all, we're very, very excited for Halo 4 now. Expect to see a lot more next year!