Halo: Reach is “Halo 4 in all but name,” says Microsoft

Thursday, 9th September 2010 13:37 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Microsoft’s said today Halo: Reach is “Halo 4 in all but name.” In other news, the sky is blue, grass is green, roses are red and the earth’s still spinning.

The line came in a press release from the firm’s UK PR arm, announcing details of the main flagship launch for the Bungie shooter on Monday night.

“Halo: Reach, developed exclusively for Xbox 360, is the blockbuster prequel to the franchise – truly Halo 4 in all but name,” said director of Xbox in the UK, Stephen McGill.

“Halo is the biggest video game series in history and as a pop culture icon it’s been called the Star Wars for the joypad generation.”

The main launch will take place at Game at Westfield Shopping Centre in London, while the premiere of the game takes place in London tonight.

Halo: Reach releases this Tuesday for Xbox 360.



  1. Dralen

    No Master Chief, No Halo 4.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. TerryWogan

    In all but name… And storyline.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    It’s a prequel, isn’t it? Wouldn’t that make it Halo Zero?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. A4-F8

    killzone: 3 is “killzone 4 in all but name,” says sony

    #4 4 years ago
  5. The Hindle

    Im wondering after Bungie leave Halo, will it suffer the Treyarch affect in the fact people know the best studio isnt working on it? Just a theory.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. AHA-Lambda

    wait why didnt you tell me this before!?

    or why not just call it halo 4? O__o

    @5 – probly

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Happy Hardon Harry

    Halo is like Big Brother! You fucking hated it ever since it’s conception and you’ll be glad of the day that see’s it’s demise.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Dralen

    Seriously, Fuck Microsoft! This is all just a big fat hype train to get more people to buy the game. It’s not Halo 4, it’s Halo: Reach! Sorry, Microsoft piss me off sometimes.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. _Sikamikanico_

    Haters gonna hate.

    This next week is going to be great. Friends over for a week long LAN, plenty of beer, snacks and Halo.

    Good times.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    “Halo is the biggest video game series in history”

    Great game series, and I’m really looking forward to Reach, but that’s a blatant fib isn’t it?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    @5 It won’t suffer, You can’t make something worse than Halo in my Opinion.

    I think when Bungie will be out of this, 343 industries will make a decent game.

    “Halo is the biggest video game series in history and as a pop culture icon it’s been called the Star Wars for the joypad generation.”

    For USA only maybe.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Kerplunk

    @10 Maybe they meant it from just a Microsoft perspective? ;)

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Freek

    Outside of MS marketing nobody refers to Halo like that.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Anaron

    Sure, call it Halo 4 if the 4 signifies that it’s the 4th Halo game to be released by Bungie Studios.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Petulant Radish

    Halo is brilliant fun. I don’t care if it’s numbered 4 or an arbitrary figure like 9,187,235.78, as long as the gameplay is as fun as it usually is then, for me, it will be one of the games of the year.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Crysis

    they don’t want to give a prequel a sequels digit, no matter how deserving, just does not make sense

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Blerk

    What was ODST, then? Halo 3.5?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    @17 It’s just an expansion pack… For the full price.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Gheritt White

    @ 9: agreed. I’ve already got a co-op rota going with my PS3 owning buddies. Funnily enough, I’ve only ever encountered out-and-out hatred for Halo online – IRL, people just like to play fun games, innit.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Blerk

    I don’t really understand why anyone has to hate on something that they don’t like. Why does it matter if these games come out if you weren’t going to play them anyway?

    Unless it’s Smash Bros, of course. That totally deserves to fucking die.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Johnny Cullen

    I’m pumped for Reach.
    I have faith in Reach being one of my top five best games of 2010.
    I want Reach so bad right now.
    I should stop saying Reach and should probably write up news about Reach.
    Reach, Reach, Reach, Reach, Reach.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Well, unfortunately, Reach is the only 360 exclusive this fall that I must have.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Gekidami

    Isnt it the only 360 exclusive this fall, full stop?

    #23 4 years ago
  24. AHA-Lambda

    fable 3 and kinect >_>


    #24 4 years ago
  25. Johnny Cullen

    Gek – Fable III.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Gekidami

    So the PC version of Fable 3 got canned again?

    #26 4 years ago
  27. The Hindle

    After Fable 3 we have 6 months to Gears 3 the next proper exclusive.

    #27 4 years ago

    Light of a particular color is characterized by its frequency and wavelenth. The higher the frequency, the more blue it appears.

    Sunlight is made up of all colors that, when mixed together, produce white light. You may have seen a rainbow or the prism experiment where the white light is split up into several colors.

    The earth’s atmosphere is filled with minute dust and water particles that act like a filter, scattering the light rays. The rays of light with the longer wavelengths, such as reds and yellows, tend to pass more easily through the atmosphere, while the rays with the shorter wavelengths, like blues and indigos, tend to be randomly scattered more easily. These more easily dispersed shorter light rays are what give the sky its blue color.

    Red skies at sunrise and sunset are caused by the same phenomenon. When the light hits the Earth at an angle it has more of the atmosphere to go through; this increases the filtering effect and that is why you see a red sky.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. AHA-Lambda

    and after gears 3 all is a mystery =/

    #29 4 years ago
  30. reask

    What amuses me the most is seeing the same guys post in every single halo thread on how bad it is.
    Not looking at anyone in particular. ;)

    I mean there is plenty of games I and others don’t like but seldom if ever feel the need to keep going in to every thread on them just to blast them.

    I think its called insecurity, or puberty. :)

    #30 4 years ago
  31. reask

    @ Giga.

    #31 4 years ago

    Sorry, I was just being silly after reading the first paragraph of the story…

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Gheritt White

    @ 30: Agreed. I mean, you don’t see TEA banging on-and-on about how shit he thinks Halo is, do you? I really respect that. I think some people are just feeling a little left out… or haven’t played Halo:CE all the way through.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. theevilaires

    M$ is dumb, shut up and just release the game. You’ll make billions again.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Petulant Radish

    @18 it was £26 at launch for me, that isn’t full price.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Callum

    what the fuck was wrong with smash brothers Blerk?! Your a nut case if you can’t enjoy a bit’o brawlin’ !!!

    Also, SO PUMPED FOR THIS! Seen the extended live trailer yet?!

    go looky! AMAZING

    #36 4 years ago
  37. DaMan

    that’s right, those games are awesome.

    DIE, Blerk!111!! GET OFF THE INTERNET!!11 NOW!

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Blerk

    Ha ha!

    We used to go round to a mate’s house for drinks and games and he always used to make us play the Gamecube version of it and I fucking hated it. I still get Vietnam-style flashbacks. Luckily the bastard moved away. :-D

    #38 4 years ago

    @20 that’s it man you and me 1v1 in Smash Bros. now.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. spiderLAW

    Blasphemy!!!! All the Smash Bros games are glorious!!!
    You probably just got your ass handed to you so it made you drustrated enough to declare hatred for such a great game!

    Cant wait for Reach. Im going to cancel my preorder at gamestop and go to best buy because Best Buy is giving away $20 gift card with the pre-order….gamestop is giving this ugly armor piece, big fucking deal.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Kerplunk

    @30 I see that happen in any discussion of an established franchise. On any platform. It’s interesting how this common behaviour is witnessed in a selective manner though.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Callum

    zomg im playing Smash bros on my N64 now. I love Link! And Fox! I fucking hate captin falcon tho…


    #42 4 years ago
  43. DrDamn

    +1 for not getting Smash Bros. Never clicked with me at all – it’s one of those games where I can’t even really see what others see in it too. There must be something, it’s highly regarded and sells well – just not for me.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Halo 4

    #44 4 years ago
  45. AHA-Lambda

    @43 + 1 can never see whats happening on the screen =/

    #45 4 years ago
  46. reask

    Xtra vision in Ireland is giving 800 MS points for pre ordering.
    Not bad.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. The Hindle

    Where is the cheapest place to buy this? Im talking street retailers as ill be trading games in.

    #47 4 years ago

    I was shocked to learn that this is supposed to be coming out in a few days.

    The hype is pretty lukewarm compared to how I expected it to be.

    #48 4 years ago
  49. reask

    Hey TH if you pick it up we will have to do a bit of co-op or firefight.
    Couple of other guys on site are getting it as well so we should be able to get a team together. :)
    Is fire fight freinds only again does anyone know?

    Also when are the reviews out?

    #49 4 years ago
  50. The Hindle

    Sure Reask and there is something on IGN that allows us to get the hardest achievements for this in an easy way, its a video hold on ill link you.

    I may be doing this after ive played it properly :D

    Also Sept 11th for the reviews.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. manamana


    #51 4 years ago
  52. reask

    LOL nice one TH. :)
    I have it bookmarked.
    Love that guys voice.
    Killionare, classic. :)

    #52 4 years ago
  53. Kuwabara

    better than halo 3 but worse than halo 2

    #53 4 years ago

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