Take a First Look at 'Halo 4' [VIDEO]

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Prepare to indulge in some Halo 4 hotness. Fans are getting a closer look at the game, thanks to leaked screenshots and a brand new developer's diary that shows glimpses at actual gameplay.

Halo 4 is slated to hit the Xbox 360 in time for Holiday 2012. It's also the first title developed under the auspices of 343 Industries. Bungie, the company that developed the original Halo trilogy (as well as Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach), split off from Microsoft in 2008.

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Thus, the challenge with Halo 4 isn't just adding another title to a successful franchise, it is ensuring that Halo 4 still looks and feels like a Halo game. To that end, 343 Industries has committed a lot of time and energy in not just the graphics, but also the story. With the new trilogy of Halo titles, 343 Industries is taking a more expansive approach, weaving in aspects of the narrative from graphic novels and books into the gameplay itself.

The first screenshots from Halo 4 leaked online via Gamerlive.TV (via NeoGAF) ahead of more formal announcements, including the developers diary video.

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On Twitter and in gamer forums, the team working on Halo 4 is clearly proud of its work.

On Twitter, principle engine programmer of Halo 4 Corrine Yu laid down some bold claims about the games graphics:

Meanwhile on the NeoGAF forums, assistant director of photography at 343 Industries added some commentary to the leaked screenshots, adding that they were "100% untouched" and were taken with a "debug cam with in-engine Depth-of-field."

Just looking at the brief screenshots and game video definitely leaves us wanting more. Halo 4 is certainly going to be one of the biggest games of the holiday season. Are you pumped? Let us know in the comments.

[via EGMNow]

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