The long-awaited Halo 4 is slated to launch on November 6, 2012 with at least 10 maps.
Perhaps not unsurprisingly, Redmond has confirmed that multiplayer mode will require an 8GB USB Flash Drive or an Xbox 360 hard drive.
"[However], for an optimal experience playing with an Xbox 360 Hard Drive is highly recommended,” a Microsoft rep wrote in an official post on Xbox.com.
In other Halo related news, the first teaser trailer for "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn" has just hit YouTube.
Dawn - which goes live on November 6 - can best be described as a live-action digital series that takes fans back to the origins of the Human/Covenant war.
Meanwhile, Microsoft and Tor Books recently confirmed that the next novel in Karen Traviss’ Kilo-Five trilogy, Halo: The Thursday War, will debut on October 2. The sequel to Halo: Glasslands is expected to offer fans a glimpse of the "events and circumstances that define the state of the Halo universe in Halo 4."
According to Traviss, Thursday War focuses on "what it feels like to operate in a fragile ceasefire that’s turning into a mass of small, unpredictable wars" where the enemy is much harder to spot and define.
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 Halo 4.
There are also multiple bestselling novels and graphic novels which have sold quite well (the Halo Graphic Novel shipped more than 100,000 copies), with a number of them appearing on Publisher Weekly's bestseller charts.
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.