Master Chief fans the world over may now rejoice via their preferred rejoicing method: Halo 4 has a release date. Confirming rumors that began popping up yesterday, Microsoft today let it be known that the forthcoming Halo sequel by 343 Industries will hit store shelves on November 6.
"We are beginning a new saga with ‘Halo 4' and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of ‘Halo' games and experiences," said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios. "Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief, and, with ‘Halo 4' leading the charge, we're confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history."
Folks involved with the production of Halo 4 will be on tonight's episode of Conan, which airs at 11pm on cable network TBS. The special segment is designed to help celebrate the release announcement, though exactly what they plan to show isn't yet known. If that isn't enough, comedian Patton Oswalt is also on Conan tonight, so even if you aren't a Halo fan, there's still a good reason to tune in.
Hilariously, November 6 is also Election Day in the US, meaning that at least a few people are guaranteed to skip out on the polls in favor of indulging in the latest entry of their favorite sci-fi shooter franchise. Or, perhaps that was Microsoft's plan all along? Truly, we are through the looking glass here, people.