Even after Halo 3 wrapped up the trilogy and Bungie walked away from the franchise, you didn’t actually think that Master Chief was done, did you? 343 Industries stepped in to fill Bungie’s shoes and Halo 4, the first installment of a new trilogy, is scheduled for release on Xbox 360 on November 6, 2012.

The game is set four years after the end of Halo 3 and Master Chief and Cortana will be confronting an ancient evil that could destroy the entire universe. This three-game is being referred to as the “Reclaimer Trilogy,” though just who’s doing the reclaiming, I’m not sure.

Halo 4 will be the eight game in the ridiculously lucrative series, counting spin-off titles such as Halo Wars and the recent Halo: Reach. Halo 3 was the biggest consumer product launch of all time when it hit shelves in 2007, so it’s no surprise that 343 Studios is looking to emulate Bungie’s success. Full press release below.

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Master Chief Returns With Worldwide Launch of Halo 4 Beginning Nov. 6

Marking the return of gamings most iconic hero, the first chapter of a brand new Halo saga is the years most anticipated video game release.

REDMOND, Wash. April 17, 2012 The countdown has begun for the landmark entertainment event millions of fans worldwide have been anticipating for more than four years. Halo 4, the hotly anticipated sequel to the iconic franchise that has shaped entertainment history, will launch worldwide on Nov. 6, 2012.

Halo 4 marks the return of legendary hero Master Chief, named by Fast Company as one of the most popular characters in gaming history,1 and aims to set a new standard for blockbuster interactive entertainment with the launch. Set four years after the events in Halo 3, Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe. Developed by 343 Industries, Halo 4 marks a new beginning for the landmark entertainment franchise that has sold more than 40 million games worldwide and inspired multiple New York Times best-selling novels, live-action shorts, comic books, action figures and apparel.

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, said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios. 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, were confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history.

Halo 3, the biggest consumer product launch of all time when it released in 2007,2 concluded the original game trilogy, but left many unanswered questions around the fates of the series beloved hero, the Master Chief, and his artificial intelligence companion, Cortana. On Nov. 6, fans will experience the next chapter of the iconic franchise.

Tonight, Conan OBrien will help celebrate this falls launch of Halo 4 with a special segment on CONAN on TBS at 11 p.m. PDT/10 p.m. CDT. Those interested should tune in and check out http://www.teamcoco.com or follow @TeamCoco on Twitter for updates and more details.

About 343 Industries

343 Industries is the publisher and developer of the blockbuster Halo series of videogames and, as part of Microsoft Studios, oversees the Halo franchise, including novels, comics, licensed collectibles, apparel and more. 343 Industries is home to world-class developers working on the Halo Reclaimer Saga, which commences with the arrival of Halo 4 on Nov. 6, 2012, exclusively on Xbox 360.

About Xbox 360

Xbox 360 is a premier home entertainment and video game system. Thanks to the addition of Kinect, Xbox 360 will forever transform social gaming and entertainment with a whole new way to play no controller required. Xbox 360 is also home to the best and broadest games as well as one of the worlds largest on-demand libraries of music, standard- and high-definition movies, TV shows and digital games, all in one place. The entertainment centre of the living room, Xbox 360 blends unbeatable content with a leading social entertainment network of 40 million Xbox LIVE members to create a limitless entertainment experience that can be shared at home or across the globe. More information about Xbox 360 can be found online at http://www.xbox.ca.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

1 Source: Fast Company: Why It Feels Good To Get Inside Master Chief’s Helmet

2 Halo 3 generated $170 million in 24 hours in the U.S., surpassing the $125 million day-one record set by Halo 2 (2004).

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