Master Chief Officially Returning in ‘Halo 4′ on November 6

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It’s official: Halo 4 is getting a worldwide release on November 6. Master Chief, the protagonist last seen in Halo 3, is back. Bungie, the original developer behind the series, is not — this game was designed by 343 Industries, part of Microsoft Studios.

Like Ron Burgundy declaring that Anchorman 2 is officially in the works, Microsoft’s big announcement will be made on Conan, airing tonight on TBS. Hopefully it will involve a mustachioed Master Chief playing jazz flute and insulting Conan’s giant head.

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In its press release, Microsoft wasn’t too forthcoming with any new details about the  game, stating only that “Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.”

A previously released preview video, however, did shed some light on what Xbox 360 players can expect in the new installment, including the return of the battle rifle, lots of new multiplayer levels and more detailed graphics.

Fun fact: November 6 is also election day! Is Microsoft trying to subvert democracy by tempting would-be voters into staying home to play Halo 4 instead of heading to the polls? Does it plan on replacing the Commander-in-Chief with Master Chief?

No, of course not. That would be crazy. But just in case, I would just like to say that I, for one, would like to welcome our new carefully animated, motion-captured overlords.

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