Now before you read this I just want to say that this is all based on my theories and speculation about Halo 4. We don’t have much information about Halo 4 at the moment, but as a huge fan of both Halo’s gameplay and story, this is what I think:
Since Halo 4’s announcement I’ve seen a lot of people making threads and asking for what weapons and vehicles they’d like to see return in Halo 4 and it made me think. At the end of Halo 3, the Chief and Cortana are in the back half of the “Forward Unto Dawn” heading towards a, what I presume to be, Forerunner planet (or planetoid). For this reason I highly doubt that we’ll see any of the Covenant weapons/vehicles until Halo 5 or 6 as so far it seems like that most, if not the whole of Halo 4 will probably take place inside this planet. We haven’t been told that we won’t be fighting the Covenant (or any of the speices that made up the Covenant) but we have been told that we’ll be fighting a new enemy, which we know nothing about.
343 seem to be trying to replicate Halo CE’s original feeling. You’re marooned on an alien world fighting off a new and mysterious (at the time) enemy. It’s going to be a brand new exprience, but it’ll still feel like the Halo we all know and love.
Take the Halo 4 Warthog for example. It looks like a Warthog and, even though I haven’t driven it or even seen it in gameplay yet, it still feels like a Warthog (to me at least). Now the big thing here is that the Halo 4 Warthog has changed more between Halo 4 and Halo Reach than the Warthog has in the last 10 years, but yet it still feels like a Warthog.
I think we’ll get the bare basics of human weapons and vehicles (basically all the human weapons from Combat Evolved) BUT I think they’ll be heavily updated, just like the Warthog.
Those were all the human weapons and vehicles in CE. Now apart from those, the only other weapons I can see returning are the Battle Rifle and the SMG. I think the rest of the vehicles and weapons are going to be brand new.
That’s it for the human side of things, but what about our enemy?
We’ve been told we’re going to be fighting a new enemy, so this obviously means brand new weapons and vehicles. My guess is that they’ll feel similar to the old Covenant stuff that we’ve been seeing for the last 10 years but they’ll also have thier own feeling. For example, we’ll probably have a new alien flying vehicle that will replace the Banshee and a new tank that will fill in the Wraith’s spot. And if we’re fighting a new enemy they’re going to have to fill the Covenant-shaped shoes of thier predecessors. There’s also going to have to be new enemies similar to ones we’ve fought before (Grunts, Elites, Jackals).
I just wanted to post this to tell people that they shouldn’t get their hopes up about having every weapon and vehicle return in Halo 4 (especially the Covenant ones) but to expect some old favourites along with a whole selection of brand new weapons and vehicles, both huamn and Alien. They’re trying to make it feel like a brand new game BUT make it feel like a Halo game, and so far, it’s working.
What do you guys think?