DEVELOPER DIARY | X360 Monday, September 3, 2012 | 1:47 PM

Halo 4 : a hero awakens

Halo 4 : a hero awakens

In the first part of this new Developer Diary of Halo 4, 343 Industries tells more about the work of the artists and actors who animates the Master Chief and Cortana.

A Hero Awakens part 1

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Commented on 2012-09-03 15:06:46
Stunning stuff!
Loving the Cortana actress also :)
Commented on 2012-09-03 15:17:54
amazing!
Commented on 2012-09-03 15:41:10
Cortana, I love you!! ^_^
Commented on 2012-09-03 15:45:19
Personally for me it spoils the illusion if you see the actual people that voice these characters. Especially Chief who to me is just a little bit awesome. I don't want to chance seeing that these guys are in fact jerks so I choose not to watch them
Commented on 2012-09-03 17:38:32 In reply to fabreezwait
Posted by fabreezwait
Stunning stuff!
Loving the Cortana actress also :)
Yeah shes awesome ;)

Such amazing graphics and on 8yr old hardware!

Here is the footage without all the other fluff, enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blRHMsUoxv8&feature...
Commented on 2012-09-03 18:57:35
I'm really not going to argue with anyone over what I'm going to say next, but that footage from the Youtube video is almost up there with that new Metal Gear demo. If that's all cut-scenes taken from in-engine, then it's massively impressive, and it also leaves me scratching my head begging the question of just what the flying fuck Bungie were doing all this time with 360's hardware, because even though it was their very own IP, they still didn't manage to get it anywhere near looking as good as this does. It almost looks a generation beyond what they achieved. Such a serious lack of talent on their behalf. Finally a Halo game that looks the part.
Commented on 2012-09-03 18:59:20
I'm more interested in the creative process than in the actual game... :D

Still, It looks good, and I really like how they try to flesh out the characters more.
Commented on 2012-09-03 19:15:02 In reply to Zarsky
Posted by Zarsky
I'm more interested in the creative process than in the actual game... :D
Same. This seems more like a big budget film production than a game. I also noticed they're using Maya. Although going by all of this, I wasn't really that interested in it before. I am now. This really could be amazing.
Commented on 2012-09-03 21:18:31
big production sets...... im no huge fan but it better deliver for its audiance..... what matttes is the creativity in the output and replay value the game offers....

these videos always focus on the productivity and the processes
Commented on 2012-09-03 21:52:45 In reply to MrWhite
Yeah 343 are wizards with what there getting from the 360, they are really going all out of the production, only 2months now can't wait!!! :)
Commented on 2012-09-03 23:10:57
Meh, looks boring like all the other halo's.

little baby creatures running around making stupid noises.

This'll be no.1 on KIDS christmas lists.
Commented on 2012-09-04 00:14:53
For the first time since halo 1, i'm interested in playing a new halo. I just hope it delivers.
Commented on 2012-09-04 03:02:32 In reply to MrWhite
Posted by MrWhite
I'm really not going to argue with anyone over what I'm going to say next, but that footage from the Youtube video is almost up there with that new Metal Gear demo. If that's all cut-scenes taken from in-engine, then it's massively impressive, and it also leaves me scratching my head begging the question of just what the flying fuck Bungie were doing all this time with 360's hardware, because even though it was their very own IP, they still didn't manage to get it anywhere near looking as good as this does. It almost looks a generation beyond what they achieved. Such a serious lack of talent on their behalf. Finally a Halo game that looks the part.
Yeah 343 are really using some voodoo :)

But Reach looked good also, but yeah this is up there with the best graphics I've seen to date, looks like we finally get a Halo with amazing cinematic story telling.
:)
Commented on 2012-09-04 04:03:05

I'm really not going to argue with anyone over what I'm going to say next, but that footage from the Youtube video is almost up there with that new Metal Gear demo.
I'm not really going to argue with anyone over what I'm about to say next, but that footage from the Youtube video is almost as good as real life.
Commented on 2012-09-04 11:23:21 In reply to xgei8ht
Posted by xgei8ht
Meh, looks boring like all the other halo's.

little baby creatures running around making stupid noises.

This'll be no.1 on KIDS christmas lists.
with this reply, we can just assume you are a child.
Commented on 2012-09-04 16:59:32
All that really matters to me is that there is a consistent quality throughout the campaign and that it retains something closer to the first game's magnificence. This is looking super lovely though and I'm not about to complain at that
Commented on 2012-09-04 17:24:10 In reply to GriftGFX
Posted by GriftGFX

I'm really not going to argue with anyone over what I'm going to say next, but that footage from the Youtube video is almost up there with that new Metal Gear demo.
I'm not really going to argue with anyone over what I'm about to say next, but that footage from the Youtube video is almost as good as real life.
Im not going to argue with anyone over what Im about to say next, but that footage is nowhere close to even games that are out now.
Commented on 2012-09-04 20:02:03 In reply to BLackHawkodst
Posted by BLackHawkodst
Yeah shes awesome ;)

Such amazing graphics and on 8yr old hardware!

Here is the footage without all the other fluff, enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blRHMsUoxv8&feature...
Simply Stunning! Must download and watch on HD TV :D
Commented on 2012-09-04 20:17:58
Cortana looks hot as hell.
Commented on 2012-09-04 21:36:24 In reply to GriftGFX
Posted by GriftGFX

I'm really not going to argue with anyone over what I'm going to say next, but that footage from the Youtube video is almost up there with that new Metal Gear demo.
I'm not really going to argue with anyone over what I'm about to say next, but that footage from the Youtube video is almost as good as real life.
Real life? Now come on now! It's a lot more interesting than that.

Seriously though, Halo needs to be made into a live action film. The masterchief design there would looks amazing. Now if they could find an actor that is 8 feet tall, that's the main problem.
Commented on 2012-09-04 21:40:14 In reply to IRAIPT0IR
Posted by IRAIPT0IR
Im not going to argue with anyone over what Im about to say next, but that footage is nowhere close to even games that are out now.
Oh shut up, it looks amazing and certainly up there with almost anything currently out at the moment, if not better. If you can't be impressed by that, then you don't know what you're looking at. Look at Halo 3/Reach and compare the two. It's night and day, and Reach was half decent looking. If this came out on PC like the Fox Engine will be with nice DX 11 effects slapped on, the it would certainly look every bit as good as anything currently in development. Halo Fan boy's heads would explode.
Commented on 2012-09-04 21:41:38 In reply to IRAIPT0IR
Posted by IRAIPT0IR
Cortana looks hot as hell.
Real life actor or game model? I prefer the fleshy one myself, but whatever floats your boat.
Commented on 2012-09-04 22:10:17 In reply to MrWhite
Posted by MrWhite
Oh shut up, it looks amazing and certainly up there with almost anything currently out at the moment, if not better. If you can't be impressed by that, then you don't know what you're looking at. Look at Halo 3/Reach and compare the two. It's night and day, and Reach was half decent looking. If this came out on PC like the Fox Engine will be with nice DX 11 effects slapped on, the it would certainly look every bit as good as anything currently in development. Halo Fan boy's heads would explode.
Reach was half decent looking, as in, nothing special. They boasted about an engine overhawl and it was still sub HD and still pretty shitty looking. They where a country mile away from what these guys have achieved. But there are still remnants of the old halo's in there imo, some cases where they actually looks better (someone did a jungle comparrison in the main halo thread and halo 3 actually looked better). When it is at it's best it is up there with the best. It's certainly the best looking halo title so far. But considering the crappy job bungie did overall, it's not a difficult feat really. I'm just happy to see an in-house MS developer doing something decent with the hardware for once. It may have taken 6 years, but they've finally got around to it. that in itself deserves celebration.
Commented on 2012-09-04 22:19:14 In reply to MrWhite
Posted by MrWhite
Real life actor or game model? I prefer the fleshy one myself, but whatever floats your boat.
Game model is hot as hell.
Commented on 2012-09-04 23:56:50 In reply to MrWhite
Posted by MrWhite
Oh shut up, it looks amazing and certainly up there with almost anything currently out at the moment, if not better. If you can't be impressed by that, then you don't know what you're looking at. Look at Halo 3/Reach and compare the two. It's night and day, and Reach was half decent looking. If this came out on PC like the Fox Engine will be with nice DX 11 effects slapped on, the it would certainly look every bit as good as anything currently in development. Halo Fan boy's heads would explode.
Def the most impressive graphics I've seen to date! And the MGS game won't be out until 2013/14 and halo 4 looks just as good to me.
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