Fans of the Halo series join hands and celebrate! 343 Industries has revealed for us not only the cover art, but the Limited Edition to their upcoming release, Halo 4. I won't waste time, so take a look at this beast of a cover.
Personally, I think that this may be the coolest box art for a Halo game yet. However, as if 343 Industries knew it wouldn't be enough to satisfy the fans until E3, today they revealed the contents of the Limited Edition of Halo 4. Here's what you'll find:
• War Games Map Pack Access
The competitive multiplayer modes of Halo 4 are known as War Games. The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps - three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE. Yes, you read that correctly; you get nine maps in the form of future DLC with the purchase of the Halo 4 Limited Edition. Think of it as a DLC pass.
Everyone will have access to select Specializations, but those that purchase the Halo 4 Limited Edition will receive the ability to unlock six Specializations early, available at launch on Xbox LIVE. You can use them, one at a time, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specializations unlock new customization options.
• UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet
The UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet includes a Spartan armor customization schematic, information about UNSC weapons, an introduction to the massive ship UNSC Infinity, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity’s finest warriors: The Spartan-IVs. Story lovers will especially enjoy this in-fiction offering that provides a glimpse into the indoctrination of Spartans aboard the Infinity.
• Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Special Edition
The Special Edition of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is a 90-minute extended version of the live-action digital series which will take fans back to the terrifying beginning of the Human/Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC’s greatest vessel ever: the UNSC Infinity.
Digital content also includes in-fiction bonus content that expands the characters and stories of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, special featurette Bringing Gaming into Reality, and a behind the scenes look at the making of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.
• Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE
The Limited Edition includes the following bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE: unique in-game Spartan-IV armor skin, unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle, an exclusive in-game emblem, Xbox LIVE Avatar prop, and Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan IV armor set.
All of it is included in this fancy steel case:
The Limited Edition will run you £69.99 if you're in Europe, or $99.99 if you're in North America. That's a 60 dollar game, 30 dollars in total for the maps (provided they are 800 points like most map packs have been) an hour-and-a-half digital series that would probably run you twenty dollars or more, Bonus Features and In-Game Content that would probably add up to another ten dollars, in a steel case. All that for £70/$100. Quite the deal, no? 343 Industries has announced that this will be the only special edition of the game, to avoid making people choose what set of content they want. Those hoping for a Legendary Edition like me, better luck next time. Halo 4 is set for a worldwide release on November 6th, 2012. Time to get back to counting down the days.
We've got the full list of Halo 4 achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them.
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