Microsoft and 343 Industries have confirmed that the long-awaited Halo 4 will launch on November 6, 2012.
"We are beginning a new saga with ‘Halo 4’ and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of ‘Halo’ games and experiences," Microsoft VP said in an official statement.
"Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief, and, with ‘Halo 4’ leading the charge, we’re confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history.”
Halo is currently a multi-billion dollar science fiction video game franchise (originally created by Bungie) managed by 343 Industries and owned by Microsoft Studios. The property has obviously expanded since the early days of Combat Evolved, and now includes Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo Wars (RTS), Halo Reach, Combat Evolved Anniversary (HD), and the upcoming Halo 4.
There are also multiple bestselling novels and graphic novels which have sold quite well (the Halo Graphic Novel sold more than 100,000 copies), with a number of them appearing on Publisher Weekly's bestseller charts.
In addition, Tor's first three novels sold more than one million copies by April 2000, while Ghosts of Onyx, Contact Harvest, The Cole Protocol and the first volume of Cryptum made the well-respected New York Times bestseller lists.