Halo 4 gets first gameplay footage in new documentary

You may have seen the leaked screenshots of Halo 4 but now you can see the sci-fi FPS game up and running in a new video documentary released by Microsoft today. The game will almost certainly be Microsoft's biggest first party Xbox 360 game of 2012 when it is released late this year.

As the video itself points out, Halo 4 will be the first game in the series to be made by Microsoft's 343 Industries, taking over from where Halo's creator Bungie left off. The gameplay footage in the video definitely shows off the improved visuals of Halo 4 in terms of better character models, lighting and more. We also get a glimpse of the new Spartan IV armor.

The documentary is mostly about team members from 343 Industries giving out small hints of information about Halo 4. The single player campaign is supposed to give us more insight into the series' main character Master Chief while also having him face the biggest threat he has ever had to deal with.

Fans of the franchise will be happy to know the Battle Rifle has returned to Halo 4. The video shows two of the game's multiplayer levels, Wraparound and Warhouse. There's also word that the multiplayer portion of the game will have more and better ties to the single player campaign. There's even supposed to be a story-based reason why red Spartans would do battle with blue Spartans. There's no word yet if Microsoft will offer a beta test of Halo 4's multiplayer modes.

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Salutary7 said,
It almost feels like the same passion the Bethesda team had for Skyrim. This is a very good sign

so the game will be buggy as hell and cause no end of CTD's until patch 4

Athlonite said,

so the game will be buggy as hell and cause no end of CTD's until patch 4

Of course there's a difference between the meaningful content put into the game and the technical execution. You can have great vision for a game, but sometimes deadlines inevitably prevent fixes for the less easily reproduced errors. Focusing development on a single platform with a single hardware profile makes things much easier in that regard.

The problem with new releases - like Halo 4 - is that the current consoles just aren't up to the job. Previous Halo games weren't even able to run at 720p and had to be upscaled, so we're certainly not going to see any major improvement in visuals. PCs have been comfortably running at 1200p at double the framerate and with much high quality visuals (higher resolution textures, tessellation, AA/AF, etc) for years now and even then the quality is held back because of consoles.

We need consoles capable of 1080p, with much improved graphics, less constrained memory and storage space to allow digital distribution - like Steam on the PC. I have no doubt that Halo 4 will be a great game but it seems like such a waste to consign it to current gen consoles when PCs and next-gen consoles are where it needs to be to take the franchise forward.

theyarecomingforyou said,
PCs have been comfortably running at 1200p at double the framerate and with much high quality visuals (higher resolution textures, tessellation, AA/AF, etc) for years now and even then the quality is held back because of consoles..

Yeah comfortably in a Gaming Rig , no other PC, So it's not standard or comfortable, it's just good on High end spec PCs, so your high end spec PC that can run at 1200p is not a 250 dollar console and shouldn't be expected to be, especially a 6 year old console

Jose_49 said,
Problem is 360 is still selling like Hot Cake, and MS won't be releasing a new xbox this year.

yes but current gen PC's are so much better than the 360 graphics wise

Love Halo, my favorite console fps. It's something about the physics and gameplay, it feels more fun than any other standard fps on consoles.

BumbleBritches57 said,
I just hope they release it on the Next Xbox as well, it'll look ****ty when it's been compressed to hell.

Holiday 2012...XBOX "720" wont be coming out until Holiday 2013.

DClark said,

Holiday 2012...XBOX "720" wont be coming out until Holiday 2013.

I agree with BB57 though. When the 5th and 6th Halos get released on the "720", Halo 4 is going to look like ass in comparison. I hope they design 4 with "Xbox 720" level textures so they can re-release it on the new Xbox when it's released.

Unless of course they're going to surprise everybody and release the new Xbox this Christmas instead and make this a launch title... I mean, there hasn't been a single announcement officially stating it's coming in late 2013 has there? One can hope

and with this, I think it closes the xbox 360's life as the console that brought down the sony empire from numero uno to dead last in less than a decade. wow. just wow.

neonspark said,
and with this, I think it closes the xbox 360's life as the console that brought down the sony empire from numero uno to dead last in less than a decade. wow. just wow.

AbandonedTrolley said,

Dead? You honestly think Sony are dead in the console market?

He said "dead last" not just "dead". Meaning between the big 3, they're #3.

neonspark said,
and with this, I think it closes the xbox 360's life as the console that brought down the sony empire from numero uno to dead last in less than a decade. wow. just wow.

The PS3 outdoes the XBox 360 in lots of places around the world in terms of sales. The US isn't the only purchaser of video game hardware.

lol looks pretty immense, but the thing that caught my eye the most was the tin of Tennants lager (1min 12secs) on one of the devs desks lol

Im not one to say that the Halo series has been 'beat to death' but this looks promising. They seem to be putting forth alot of effort into this game and I can appreciate that.

I know it's kind of impossible but it will be incredible if they could put textured scenery in Forge. Halo Reach's is incredible, but seeing too much gray hurt my eyes...