Halo 4 Is So Big, It Gets Two Launch Trailers


We’re getting close to the end.  After a five year absence, Master Chief is about to return.  Halo 4 will be on store shelves in under two weeks, and Microsoft is making sure anticipation reaches a fever pitch by releasing not one, but two launch trailers for the game.  Read on to see them for yourself.

The first launch trailer, filmed partly in live action and released late last week, received a lot of buzz before its premiere due to the fact that it was produced by David Fincher.  Fincher, the director of such films as Seven, Fight Club, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, definitely brought his dark, brooding sensibilites to the trailer.  Entitled “Scanned,” it shows Master Chief’s confrontation with the Didact as well as a few key events from Master Chief’s past.  Events which, until now, were only known to fans who read the Halo novels.  Check it out below.


The Halo franchise has had a long history of using live action film to promote its games, from the “Landfall” series directed by Neil Blomkamp, to the “Deliver Hope” trailer for Reach.  While visually stunning, “Scanned” doesn’t come close to hitting the emotional highs that those previous live action films did for me.  The ending, with a captured Master Chief staring down the Didact, felt a little hollow.  Is it just me?

Good thing, then, that 343 Studios has put out a second launch trailer, this one made entirely of in-game footage.  Featuring a substantial amount of new footage from both cutscenes and gameplay, it sets up the events of Halo 4 for those of you who haven’t been paying much attention.  The Forerunners are back, and boy, do they look pissed.


See what I mean?  If I were Master Chief, I’d be pretty damned tired of running into pissed off aliens all the time.  Just once, I’d like to see him meet some friendly aliens who just wanna hang and compare armor specs.  Sadly, that isn’t John 117’s lot in life.  Very soon, we’ll all get to experience Master Chief’s one man war on extraterrestrial aggression for the first time in 5 long years.  Halo 4 arrives on November 6th.

About the Author: (@Joe_of_the_Dead) Lead Editor, Writer

Joe was born in a time of war. A console war. Two electronic titans were locked in a heated battle for the living rooms of America. Which titans, you ask? Well, the Fairchild Channel F and the Atari 2600 of course. You see, Joe is old. So many of his favorite games tend to be on the older side as well. But that hasn’t stopped him from developing unhealthy obsessions with such modern franchises as Halo and Mass Effect. Just don’t tell him how long it’s been since the original Metroid was released. His aging heart can’t take the shock.

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