Microsoft has announced that the next iteration into the Halo universe, Halo 4, will be releasing on the 6th of November worldwide, exclusively on the Xbox 360.
The release date had already been rumoured yesterday, with Microsoft issuing numerous tweets that painted a rather suggestive picture. It was also rumoured that Microsoft would be pulling in the power of Conon O'Brien for the announcement.
"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," commented Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer.
"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."
This announcement puts Halo at a much later release date than we've come to typically expect from the franchise. Prior to this announcement, the company had always chosen to release the Halo franchise towards the end of the Summer in September.
The 6th of November release date could put Halo 4 firmly against any new Call of Duty title, should there be one. It could also see Halo 4 directly competing with the next Medal of Honor title from EA, as well as BioShock Infinite, both of which will be releasing a week or two beforehand.
Microsoft will surely be hoping the strength of the Halo franchise will shine through or perhaps they know something that we as consumers don't. Either way, this holiday season is certain to be an exciting time for Halo fans, especially with the new gameplay changes and modes that have been announced by 343 Industries, the game's developer.