There is no doubt that thousands upon thousand of gamers around the world are waiting to see one game this coming week at E3 2012: Halo 4. The game’s military organizations are already making worldwide headlines, and it hasn’t even been released yet.
While the Halo 4 Beta is going on as we speak, few have been brave enough to leak footage or images online – at least, in any quality that’s even remotely visible. Some higher quality video has finally appeared, and while it may not be as crystal clear as the real thing, it’s better than nothing.
This gameplay follows hot on the heels of the recently leaked multiplayer loadout screens detailing the new perks and special abilities being added to Halo 4‘s multiplayer. The new footage doesn’t go into detail on the systems operating behind the scenes, or grant an actual look at that enticing new ‘Warhouse’ multiplayer map.
What it does offer is a look at Halo 4‘s current state of multiplayer, filled with dozens of small touches for the die-hard fans to point out and scrutinize. Granted, Halo combat tends not to stray too far from the established formula, but most of the changes are going to affect the larger ‘Infinity’ multiplayer network. To get a real sense of that, we’ll have to wait for 343 Industries to offer some more details at E3.
What this footage does show off (besides the now-standard ‘Sprint’ ability) is the explosive-equipped pistol that was first witnessed when the game was announced, and captured the attention of multiplayer and singleplayer enthusiasts alike. If the weapon seems a bit too crude for your own style of gameplay, then perhaps your time is better spent studying the map itself.
The map is the same seen in almost every multiplayer screenshot released so far, which means hardcore players may already be examining the map for potential design issues. Bungie’s mastery of map design and pacing may be constantly cited, but 343 is no slouch either. In fact, taking an entirely new and broad approach to Halo’s online experience – while still maintaining the feel of moment-to-moment combat – may be harder than simply copying what their predecessors have done.
More information and footage will surely be made available once E3 arrives, and Microsoft begins the marketing blitz as we approach Halo 4‘s November release. For now we’ll make due with home videos.
What is your reaction to what’s been shown of Halo 4? Do you doubt 343’s abilities, or is the excellence of Halo multiplayer just a given at this point? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Halo 4 will be released on the Xbox 360 November 6, 2012.
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