Microsoft and 343 today announced the Limited Edition for Halo 4, now available for preorder. For $100 youâ€™ll get a fancy looking box, the ability to unlock six multiplayer Specializations early, a 90-minute version of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, and nine maps that will be released after Halo 4, as well as some other bonus content.
Specifics about the maps and Specializations were not mentioned in the announcement, but the post did say to look for more information at E3 2012, which takes place June 5 â€“ 7.
The nine maps that serve as part of the Limited Edition will be split across three packs, each of which will apparently include three locations. Halo 4â€²s multiplayer will be linked to the UNSC Infinity, a gigantic starship. This is where youâ€™ll be able to customize your Spartan-IV. According to an official release, â€œyour multiplayer experience will be embedded in the fiction of â€œHaloâ€ like never before, where your progress and game choices affect your appearance, arsenal, and role on the battlefield.â€
In terms of additional modes of play, youâ€™ll be able to take part in Spartan Ops missions, which are new story-based experiences distinct from the Halo 4 campaign that will be released on a weekly basis over Xbox Live. There will be no additional charge to access these missions, which will be playable solo or co-operatively with up to three others. Microsoft describes it as an â€œepisodic adventure that blends immersive storytelling, high-quality cinematics, and action-packed gameplay to deliver an unprecedented serialized experience.â€
The competitive multiplayer modes of Halo 4 are called War Games, which will include new modes and take place on the combat deck of the Infinity. In addition to added modes, weapons, vehicles, armor abilities and progression system, youâ€™ll get â€œgameplay-enhancingâ€ customizations. These customizations can be used in both Spartan Ops and War Games matchmaking playlists.
And in case you really love dressing up your XBL Avatar, youâ€™ll get a unique prop and Spartan IV armor set in the Limited Edition.
Also, if youâ€™re still waiting for a Legendary Edition, donâ€™t bother. The regular and Limited Editions of Halo 4 will be the only ones available at launch.
Here is a full breakdown of whatâ€™s included in the Limited Edition of Halo 4.
â€¢ 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 â€“ 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. Score!
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. Weâ€™ll be releasing more information about Specializations at E3, so expect additional details about this particular feature then.
â€¢ 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 humanityâ€™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.
â€¢ 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 UNSCâ€™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.
â€¢ 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.