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Halo 4 Box Art Revealed, 343 Says They’re ‘In The Final Stretch’

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The hotly anticipated release of Halo 4 this December won’t be lessened at all by what was released today.  That’s right, the box art for the fourth game in the epic sci-fi/action series has made its way onto the internet, and it’s very good.  I mean really good.   Take a look for yourself:

But don’t leave yet!  There’s even more news about Halo 4!  343 Industries just announced in an interview that they’re almost finished polishing and tinkering with it.  Creative Director at 343 Josh Holmes had this to say about their time with the game and how they dealt with the pressure of the franchise:

I think we were all aware of the challenge going in and that was one of the things that attracted us to ‘Halo 4′, it’s just not something you can dwell on as a creative team, you can’t keep thinking about all the potential ways it could go wrong.  You have to find, what you think is the right vision for the game and stick to your guns.

The team’s been really excited about having this opportunity to take on a franchise that they love and try to bring a new set of eyes and a new creative vision to Halo.We’re in that final stretch and you can see it all now coming together after years of labour and it feels really good.

I trust that 343 has enough passion about the Halo franchise, and the stories that they can tell within it, that Halo 4 really will be spectacular!  With the release of the box art and the interview, my view has solidified even more.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this game.  What about you?  Share your opinions in the comment section below!

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Technology Will Deliver a ‘Brand New Way to Explore the Entire Saga’

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will benefit from modern technological capabilities leading to a whole new project rather than just remastering older episodes.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, James McCloughlin game director at TT Games discussed the studio’s technological progress regarding game design compared to 15 years ago. McCloughlin confirmed that instead of remastering episodes one to six, the studio is developing a whole new experience to align with current player standards.

“We wanted to create a new Star Wars game which was designed without the technical restrictions of the older games—mainly episodes one to six—and since then we have learned so much as a studio.” He continued, “The older Star Wars games were great for that generation of gamers, but now players expect and need a lot more freedom in their play. With this game we hope to give players a brand new way to explore and enjoy the entire saga.”

One of the main features expected to dramatically change will be the size and scope of episodes one to six. McLoughlin highlights that player freedom is one of the biggest expectations of gamers and cited his experience working on Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War, and the Batman Arkham series.

“Freedom is a massive part of modern games—since the days of the cantina [in the early Lego Star Wars games], we have designed and developed over-world spaces from Middle Earth to Gotham City all with different challenges and hurdles to overcome. This game should be an amalgamation of all of what we have learned so far as a studio.”

Furthermore McLoughlin explained that TT Games monitors consumer reception to its games, so after The Skywalker Saga is released the studio will consistently evaluate players’ reactions (both good and bad): “We now have a greater toolset to evaluate play through analytics and user testing that just wasn’t as readily available 15 years ago,” he explained. “We can now very easily target sectors of play and enhance the areas we know get the most traffic, to help make the entire experience great from start to finish.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to release in 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. OnlySP’s Mike Cripe got to see the game in action at E3, finding that it may yet be as good as the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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