343 Industries has released a brand new trailer for their upcoming first-person shooter, Halo 4. The trailer is the last in a series of videos focusing on the weapons in Halo 4, this time around focusing on Forerunner weapon technology.
There was a distinct challenge in creating these weapons for Halo 4, as it is a completely new suite of weapons, deviating from the tried and true Covenant and UNSC weaponry that Halo fans know and love. The weapons in Halo games past have always been meticulously balanced and ensure that everyone is on an even playing field as far as their gear goes. It has been what makes Halo multiplayer so skill focused.
With these new weapons, 343 Industries was taking a trip into uncharted waters...
One of the best components of Halo has always been the combat sandbox, so it was both scary and challenging to create a whole new suite of weapons from scratch that were interesting, unique and balanced with the rest of the offerings.
Before settling on the final list, the team made concepts for approximately two hundred weapons. One of the biggest struggles was figuring out the high level vision and what made these alien weapons different from the Covenant and Brute weapons seen in past games. The vision we had for the Forerunner weapons was that they should feel technologically superior while still maintaining mechanical elements that made them visceral and relatable.
We wanted them to evoke a sense of wonder and awe in the hands of players, similar to how you feel when you encounter Forerunner structures in the game. We also wanted them to be adaptive – both to the user and with regard to how they can be used.
You can be the judge for yourself. Check out the Promethean Weapons trailer at the top of this post and let us know what you think. We're starting to get excited for Halo 4 and the game is due out in just over a month.
For more information, check out our Halo 4 hub.