The full contents of the Halo 4 Limited Edition as well as the price for the DLC Pass for multiplayer maps has been revealed by Microsoft.

The Halo 4 Limited Edition will be available for £69.99 and will include:

  • Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Special Edition – An extended 90-minute version of the live-action digital series that will bring the “Halo” universe to life as you’ve never seen it, providing an enthralling backstory leading up to the events of Halo 4
  • Bonus in-fiction content expanding the characters and stories of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
  • Special Featurette: Bringing Gaming into Reality
  • Making of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
  • War Games Map Pack Access – Access to nine maps – three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, otherwise available for download post-launch on Xbox Live
  • Early access to six Specialisations [see below – Undead Ed], to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career
  • UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet – Includes an armour customisation schematic, a blueprint of the massive ship itself, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity’s finest warriors: the Spartan-IVs.
  • Spartan-IV Recruit In-Game Armour
  • Spartan-IV Prime In-Game Armour Skin
  • Assault Rifle Prime In-Game Weapon Skin
  • Prime In-Game Emblem
  • Xbox Live Avatar “Recruit” Armour
  • Cryo-Tube Xbox Live Avatar Prop

Also announced is the Halo 4 War Games Map Pass which will be available as a standalone option from 6 November and priced at 2000 MS Points (around £17 or R200), which represents a discount of more than 15 per cent over purchasing the add-ons individually.  Also included will be three in-game exclusives – the Spartan-IV Scanner and Strider helmets, and the Falcon in-game emblem.

The Specialisations mentioned above have also been detailed via CVG:

“By enlisting in a Specialisation you basically raise your own level cap,” explained Spartan Ops designer David Ellis. “With each one, you can extend the level cap a little further. You do not have to rank all the way through again [to unlock another Specialisation].”

Each class offers nine levels of customisation options including armour sets, weapon skins, emblems and visor covers, while a tenth level grants the player with a “gameplay modifying perk”.

According to Ellis two of the eight Specialisations – Pioneer and Wetwork – will be available on release and the remaining six will be available post-release.

“We’ll be watching the level curve of the community closely close launch and will do our best to role Specializations out as we see segments of the playerbase reach max rank,” he explained.

Here’s a Specialisations breakdown:

  • Wetworks: Wetworks users get protection against the wall-penetrating Promethean Vision Armor Ability. You’ll still show up on the HUD of a player using it, but you’ll be a slightly more inconspicuous outline rather than a big red blur. Also, you’ll get a bit of sound dampening when you sprint.
  • Pioneer: A good standby if you’re looking to rank up fast – this Spec generates extra XP for any action you take while you’ve got it equipped.
  • Engineer: As an Engineer, you’ll be alerted to incoming weapon drops a couple of seconds ahead of other players, increasing the odds that you’ll get their first. If you’re close enough, the HUD will point the way with a GPS arrow.
  • Tracker: Damn near killed yourself reaching a drop, only to find that it’s stuffed with underpowered guns? As a Tracker, you’ll have one chance to re-roll the contents.
  • Rogue: Players of SWAT in Halo: Reach should prioritise this one – its Stability perk reduces scope wobble while zoomed. I dread to think of what DMR diehards will achieve with the thing.
  • Stalker: A class for those who hold grudges. The Nemesis armor mod generates an icon of the last person who killed you, and also tracks those who’ve attacked you.
  • Pathfinder: Only the biggest guns will do? Sign up as a Pathfinder for reduced cooldown on vehicle weapons, and easier carrying of emplaced guns.
  • Operator: The Wheelman mod grants your ride a little extra resistance against EMPS. It also lets makes vehicle health recharge a bit faster. Fortunately, this latter bonus can’t be stacked.

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Expand Your “Halo Infinity Multiplayer” Experience with Specialisations in “Halo 4”
New Limited Edition sku details revealed “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass provides three post-launch War Games map packs discounted at more than 15 percent

LONDON – 15 August, 2012 – The UNSC Infinity– the largest starship in the UNSC fleet– is your gateway to the “Halo” Infinity Multiplayer experience in “Halo 4” and serves as the centre of your Spartan career.  Here you’ll build your custom Spartan-IV super soldier, and progress your multiplayer career across the brand-new episodic Spartan Ops campaign, and the multitude of competitive War Games modes.

Earn experience and unlock all-new Specialisations in both Spartan Ops and War Games as you earn new ranks. In addition, the “Halo 4” Limited Edition sku and “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass will provide even more opportunities to establish your legacy on the battlefield.

Activate Specialisations to Earn New Ranks and Equipment
With eight Specialisations in “Halo 4,” you can achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career once you progress beyond level 50.  As you level up through these dedicated paths, you will earn a bristling arsenal of combat-enhancing armour mods that provide even more options to customise your Spartan-IV to fit your preferred role on the battlefield.  In addition, armour sets, emblems, visor colours, weapon and armour skins unique to each Specialisation distinguish your Spartan-IV from other players in “Halo” Infinity Multiplayer. For detailed descriptions of the eight Specialisations and their unique armour mods, visit Halo Waypoint.

Two Specialisations – Wetwork and Pioneer – will be available to all players when “Halo 4” launches on 6 November. The remaining six Specialisations are available by pre-ordering the standard Halo 4 game (£49.99 ERP) exclusively at GAME and gamestation stores. Alternatively, all eight Specialisations are included in the “Halo 4” Limited Edition (£69.99 ERP). All Specialisations will gradually be made available to download through Xbox LIVE in the months following launch.

Full “Halo 4” Limited Edition Contents Revealed*
Following the initial announcement of the “Halo 4” Limited Edition, 343 Industries and Microsoft today announced the LE’s full suite of exclusive digital content. The “Halo 4” Limited Edition maximises your multiplayer experience and puts you in the boots of a Spartan-IV aboard the UNSC Infinity – the hub of your “Halo” multiplayer career.  Available for £69.99 ERP, the “Halo 4” Limited Edition includes:

  • “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” Special Edition– An extended 90-minute version of the live-action digital series that will bring the “Halo” universe to life as you’ve never seen it, providing an enthralling backstory leading up to the events of “Halo 4.”
    • “Halo 4” Limited Edition also includes the following bonus videos:
      • Bonus in-fiction content expanding the characters and stories of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
      • Special Featurette : Bringing Gaming into Reality
      • Making of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
  • War Games Map Pack Access – The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps – three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, otherwise available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE.
  • Specialisations – Receive early access to six Specialisations, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career
  • UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet – Includes an armour customisation schematic, a blueprint of the massive ship itself, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity’s finest warriors: the Spartan-IVs.
  • *NEW* Exclusive digital content through Xbox LIVE:
    • Spartan-IV “Recruit” In-Game Armour
    • Spartan-IV “Prime” In-Game Armour Skin
    • Assault Rifle “Prime” In-Game Weapon Skin
    • “Prime” In-Game Emblem
    • Xbox LIVE Avatar “Recruit” Armour
    • Cryo-Tube Xbox LIVE Avatar Prop

Wage War on New, Exotic Battlefields and Save Money with the “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass
Also available as a standalone option from 6 November at 2000 Microsoft Points, the “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass includes access to nine competitive multiplayer maps – three future War Games map packs, each including three maps – giving you a variety of new exotic battlegrounds post-launch. The “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass represents a discount of more than 15 percent versus purchasing the add-ons individually, and includes three in-game exclusives2 – the Spartan-IV “Scanner” and “Strider” helmets, and the “Falcon” in-game emblem.

Launching on 6 Nov, 2012 exclusively on Xbox 360, “Halo 4” is the next blockbuster installment of the iconic franchise that has shaped entertainment history and defined a generation of gamers. Developed by 343 Industries, “Halo 4” continues the story of the series’ iconic hero the Master Chief as he returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe. “Halo 4” takes the series in a bold new direction by delivering its most epic and explorative campaign yet, alongside an emotionally resonant story and a groundbreaking multiplayer offering unlike anything before it – setting the stage for an epic new sci-fi saga.

Halo 4 is now available for pre-order in three distinct editions: the standard edition (£49.99 ERP), the Limited Collector’s Edition (£69.99 ERP) and the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo 4 console bundle (£269.99 ERP) – please visit http://www.xbox.com/Halo-4for more details.

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