It closed out the festivities last year, but this year Halo 4 is taking center stage during Microsoft’s E3 2012 Press Conference. 343 Industries‘ take on the exploits of Master Chief has been nearly three years in the making, and it’s all coming to a head at this year’s event.

Not only will Halo 4 be dominating the Holiday season, or more specifically the month of November for Microsoft, it will be kicking off the publisher’s press conference on Monday. While last year started off with a Modern Warfare 3-themed bang, this year Microsoft is focusing on their platform exclusive juggernaut by giving the first demo of the game’s single player campagin.

There’s unfortunately no context for the Halo 4 campaign footage, only that it will be close to 10 minutes in length and must feature some spectacular action. 343 has already said they plan to do some pretty interesting things with Master Chief, and it’s been so long since we’ve seen him in action, both of which puts a lot of pressure on the gameplay demo.

Though 343 Industries wouldn’t tell GameTrailers what players can expect out of the footage they did say it is a full gameplay demo, and that this campaign is the most ambitious Halo campaign to date. The only trailer for the game, the one that debuted during last year’s E3, showcased some particularly stunning pre-rendered visuals, but now it is time for the game’s new engine to shine.

Along with an exciting new campaign, Halo 4 ships with 343 Industries’ take on the multiplayer modes players have come to know and love. There will be co-op across the entire campaign, a competitive multiplayer that justifies the red vs. blue dichotomy, and a new mode that can best be likened to Call of Duty‘s Spec Ops mode.

While those multiplayer elements might not be on display during the press conference their presence should be felt on the E3 show floor, and we will be sure to bring you all the details. For those that want to tune in, the Microsoft E3 Press Briefing airs Monday starting at 9 AM on Spike TV.

How would you like to see 343 Industries pick up where Bungie left off? Do you think that Halo 4 will be the centerpiece of Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference?

Halo 4 releases November 6, 2012 for the Xbox 360.

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Source: GameTrailers