Yes folks, E3 2011 has kicked off today and there has already been an exciting press conference from Microsoft. A lot of exciting new things have been announced. Just a small snippet of these are ‘Minecraft coming to Xbox 360’, a new Fable game for Kinect and Forza Motosport 4 complete with Kinect support. Clearly, Microsoft has a lot in store for the Kinect feature of the Xbox 360.
The most exciting news to me, and a lot of other people, has to be the announcement of Halo 4. Apparently, this is the beginning of a new trilogy. What’s more is that the Master Chief is coming back!
The video shown begins with a panicked Cortana yelling for John to wake up. After a minute of frantic pleading, a stasis chamber opens and Master Chief emerges. He is greeted by a ship in its death throes, flames and explosions bursting from every angle. Master Chief activates the thrusters in his boots, allowing him to navigate through the zero gravity environment. This section reminds me of Isaac Clarke’s flight segments through Dead Space 2. The video was dark and gorgeous, and seeing Master Chief back in action is a definite treat.
The video concludes with a zoomed-out shot of the flaming ship hurtling towards a shrinking opening in what appears to be an even larger construct. We’re left wondering whether the doomed vessel ever escapes the closing hatch.
Halo 4 marks the beginning of a new trilogy in the legendary FPS series. It appears Master Chief’s story is not yet over. Perhaps he’ll stay around for the next three games? Halo 4 is set to be released during the holiday season of 2012. It’ll be interesting to see what Microsoft makes out of the game without Bungie behind it.
Stay tuned for more exciting news from E3 2011!