Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced that Master Chief will awaken once more this winter, in the upcoming Halo 4. The latest installment of Microsoft’s gaming magnum opus marks both a transition in development studios (from Bungie to 343) and the start of a new trilogy in the Halo franchise. Perhaps as a result of this culture shift, Halo 4 purportedly departs somewhat from the more traditional FPS tropes of the previous games and instead assumes more of a mysterious, exploratory mantle.
To promote the launch, developers Frank O’Connor and Kiki Wolfkill hit up the late-night TV circuit, filming the above segment for Conan O’Brien, in which Conan and Andy Richter discuss the merits of loading crates as a career. Halo 4 releases on Tuesday, November 6 for the Xbox 360.
In other news this week, we touch on God of War 4, Skyrim, Witcher 2, limb-wielding Vikings, classic Sierra adventure games, and more.
Is God of War 4 in the works? Sony’s Playstation Facebook page seems to imply so, and various rumours suggest a September release. Are there even any gods remaining for Kratos to kill? Athena yet lives, but the series will have to dig a bit deeper mythologically to find more fodder for the Chains of Olympus.
UPDATE: As of today, God of War: Ascension is now confirmed for the Playstation 3, with a teaser trailer available here.
- Developer Naughty Dog recently released some concepts and artwork of ideas that didn’t make it into Uncharted 3. The Floating Reservoir, in particular, caught our attention.
- The My Little Ponies phenomenon, as we noted a few weeks ago, seems to be taking the internet by storm. This week, we bring you Pinkie Pie on a murderous rampage in Skyrim.
- Speaking of Skyrim, the game’s latest patch enables UberNerd Kinect gamers to now perform their own dragon shouts. (Insert tired, obligatory Fus Ro Dah reference here). Rumors persist that the upcoming DLC will bring with it the much ballyhooed dragon mounts.
- According to their Facebook page, Human Head is considering working on a sequel for their quirky, violent 2000 cult classic Norse action game, Rune, in which you played a Viking warrior with an occasional tendency to beat enemies to death with their own limbs, caught in the middle of a war between Loki and Odin. The more Viking hack-and-slash games on the market, the better, we say.
- Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition is now available on Xbox and PC. If you’re any sort of an RPG fan, Witcher 2 was one of the most memorable gaming experiences of 2011.
- Finally, any old-school Sierra gamer who enjoyed classics such as Space Quest, King’s Quest, Gold Rush, etc. should be excited by this: the developers of Sierra’s Space Quest series have created a new gaming studio, and are looking to jump right back into the sci-fi adventure genre.