343 Industries and Microsoft held a panel at PAX Prime this weekend where nuggets of information about Halo 4 for the Xbox 360 were dropped and a concept art trailer was released showing the new alien world that Master Chief and Cortana will explore.
One of the important bits of info revealed in the trailer with concept art by senior art direct Kenneth Scott, is that the new Halo trilogy is called “The Reclaimer Trilogy.” The HaloWiki defines a Reclaimer as follows.
An individual who, whether by chance or by precedent, has been placed in charge of activating a Halo super-weapon. The individual must journey to retrieve the Halo’s activation key (the Index) from the ring’s Library and then use it to activate the Halo Array. It has also been demonstrated that it is the role of a Reclaimer to activate Forerunner technology on installations such as the Ark or the Shield Worlds; it is also true that other, undiscovered Forerunner constructs also require a Reclaimer to operate in some fashion lay scattered across the galaxy.
The exact qualifications of a Reclaimer are not entirely clear; however, it appears that only a human or Forerunner can be a Reclaimer. Many or even most fans consider the word “Reclaimer” to mean any individual of either species, but as this term is used many times throughout the Halo games and literature with no clear-cut definition, this cannot currently be proven.
The world that Master Chief and Cortana were seen floating in front of in the Halo 4 teaser trailer is thought to be the Shield World called Onyx which was introduced to the Halo universe in the Halo: Ghosts of Onyx novel.
Forge, the level building tool that was in both Halo 3 and Halo: Reach, makes its return in Halo 4 according to creative director Josh Holme. He said that “it’s something as a studio we very strongly believe in” and that 343 would contine “to invest in that toolset.”
Not much else was divulged story wise but Holme did say that the main focus of the game would be on Master Chief with Cortaina playing “an important role in the story.” But then, when has she not with the exception of Halo 3: ODST and Halo Wars. However, executive producer Kiki Wolfkill did say, “There’s certainly a unique relationship between Chief and Cortana that hasn’t been seen in previous games.”
Halo 4 is currently scheduled for late 2012 and will mark the first major Halo game not made by Bungie Studios.
You can check out the Halo 4 concept art trailer in our video gallery. If you want to take a longer look at each piece of concept art, you can also view it in our slideshow gallery.
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