Halo 4 crosses the 1-million mark and going strong; more details revealed!


Even 3 weeks before its launch, 343 Industries has crossed the 1-million mark and the game’s popularity is rising continuously. Meanwhile, the ancient evil trailer is garnering more audience for the game. One finds out…

Following up on the craze of the Halo series helmed by Bungie was no mean task for the Microsoft-backed 343 Industries but the company has done it with élan. The game surpassed the 1 million mark a good 3 weeks before its launch. A survey by the VGchartz has revealed that the game’s popularity is only contested by the Activision FPS, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. But it is just a matter of time as Halo 4 is registering a faster growth as compared to ‘Black Ops 2’ which came out with its final launch trailer. A racing one, understandably!

Meanwhile Halo 4 also kept the gaming audiences on their toes with the ‘Ancient Evil Awakens’ trailer which was produced by ‘Fight Club’ specialist David Fincher and Tim Miller who was behind the visual effects on ‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World’. The trailer is packed with mysteries about the game and the much discussed secret of ‘Ancient Evil’ which has been closely guarded by 343 Industries since its inception. Meanwhile, the Master Chief looks pretty helpless in the captivity where he reminisces about details about his past and his induction into the UNSC. The trailer also shows processes and experiments by which John-117 finally achieves super strength and his missions on alien planets where he encounters various adversaries. The two-minute version is released for now and another five-minutes of footage is yet to be revealed. The trailer looks promising and not to mention, a good competition to the ‘Black Ops II’ version which also registered a spurt in sales following its final trailer. The online web series which features a series of TV and Hollywood actors is still going strong but lesser than the actual sales of the edition. The fourth edition would be released this week. 343 Industries has ensured consistently that the gaming fans are always updated about the game’s progress and have strategically placed its launch in phases. Since the game is divided into a series of episodes aptly titled Spartan Ops, it is expected to sustain interest for the coming few months as well.

Meanwhile, if you are still considering whether to go for the kill or wait it out, then GameStop has come out with its final offer on the Halo 4 purchase. Gamers can choose between a Ghost Avatar Prop or a Halo 4 Wallpaper Pack for the third and final round of pre-order which will run between October 22 and November 4, 2012. The editions would be running in short supply owing to its popularity and has vanished from various pre-order outlets.… Read the rest

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Halo 4 to have a celebrity connect; David Fincher and Conan O’Brien to deck up the launch!



Celebrities associating with their favorite game is not new. But when a game such as Halo 4 decides to unveil its details, the stakes just get bigger…

 Paving its way, there are a number of celebrities who are endorsing this new game and the latest in line is ‘The Social Network’ director David Fincher who has especially flown toPragueto set up a two-minute trailer for this new game.

An avid Halo fan, Fincher’s addition to the team is now surprising considering the fact that Microsoft (which is backing 343 Industries) is renowned for its magnanimous preparations related to each of its products. In the very obvious absence of Rockstar’s GTA 5 which was initially scheduled for a Fall 2012 launch, Halo 4 becomes the most anticipated and biggest release of the year 2012. But having said that, one has no intention of taking it away from the team who has also roped in Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter to voice a couple of characters in the game. They have also connected themselves with the ongoing Presidential elections offering the ‘warrior armor’ for players who would be watching three of the four debates on their Xbox consoles. Now, adding Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to your marketing line-up can’t fail that badly! The company has employed its marketing skills innovatively to promote its new venture.

The Fincher-directed trailer would be launched on October 18 on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ and would also feature the special effects input by visual effects expert, Time Miller, renowned for his work on ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’. The trailer is bound to get the pulses racing with details about the new threat which is going to haunt the Master Chief. The combination of Miller and Fincher is bound to bring in a boost to the Halo 4 franchise which is following a storyline on Requiem with John-117 and Cortana leading the pack. The trailer would be available on Halo Waypoint and the Xbox YouTube channel as well. With the number of celebrities climbing on the Halo bandwagon, the game is romping in like a juggernaut.

An online web action series has already begun and has been garnering its own share of brickbats and bouquets. A number of actors such as Tom Green, Anna Popplewell, Daniel Cudmore have also been involved with it as well. The game which has spurned a number of launches including novels, miniseries and artifacts along with Halo-branded consumables, is now becoming a legacy for the modern gamers. It is gaining popularity as a collectible and with a range of celebrities endorsing this multi-million franchise, the ‘Halo’ is going to shine for some times to come.






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