As my partner in prose seems to have blown the dust off our poor malnourished page and breathed new life into our sickly whelp, I thought I would etch some ramblings down here too.
I am going address our bread and butter – Halo. Specifically the highly antcipated 4th Installment coming our way this year.
(Disclaimer: – by no means is any of the following breaking news, just a summary of the plethora of info that has been released of late. If you are unhealthily interested in halo and want up to the minute news check out The Little English Halo Blog)
As the not so original rhyming title to this post suggests the 6th of November is an important date, not because of the impending election for a new president of the over the top states of country and western. Something much more important is happening on this date and that’s the re-emergence of The Master Chief.
After a 5 year Hiatus everyone’s (well my) favourite super soldier returns to the Xbox and bloody hell does he look fly. His armour has undergone some changes whilst being suspended in that goo filled tube (oo err) for the past 5 years, which will apparently be explained in-game. He is looking chunkier, more solid looking and in general gives the impression he is equipped to kick even more alien A-hole.
Another major bit of info that really caught my attention is that of the brand new composer that 343 Industries have brought in to give Halo 4 an epic score. The gentleman in question is Neil Davidge who has been heavily involved as a producer of the sublime Massive Attack since their inception. Halo is famed for its epic music score and looks like Neil isn’t about to break tradition.
Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself.
Another thing that’s got me excited about this is the level of depth the story is going into this time around. In the past the halo story has been famously understated in the actual games and has been left to the novels to beef up the universe. Halo 4 however is going to really dig deep into the lore of the mysterious forerunners, those bad ass mothers that built the Halo Rings who then just disappeared from the face of the universe. Well looks like not all of them disappeared and with 343i truly intertwining the canon throughout the future games and novels the story is going to get epic.
Finally probably the little bit of news that has me the moistest is that 343i are in the process of making a live action 5 part web series that will be released in the run up to the games launch. It will tell the story of some kid who was inspired by The Chief to join the UNSC and become a spartan himself. Really brilliant move by the developer and I am sure every halo fan will be creaming a little bit at this.
Oh yeah one I forgot about this. Some info on the weapons coming out has been drip fed to us, seeing some classic guns like the BR returning, but the one everyone is talking about is the brand new Railgun . Basically for those of you who did play the previous games it seems like it could be a hand held version of the utterly devastating Gauss Hog turret. For those of you haven’t played Halo (what do you do with yourselves?) from the description it basically magnetically fires a big ass explosive round at super sonic speed at your foe, which can only end in tears. Shock & Awesome.
Anyways this is the stuff that got me excited about Halo 4, and with E3 commencing on June 5th I’m sure there will be plenty more info to tide me over until November. Thanks for sharing my illness with me.