Limited Edition includes nine post-release maps.
The Hao 4 Limited Edition will maximise your multiplayer experience and put players in the boots of a Spartan-IV aboard the UNSC Infinity, Microsoft and Halo Waypoint have announced.
Set to retail at $64.99, the limited edition set features the packaging pictured below and all the following content:
War Games Map Pack Access: The competitive multiplayer modes of Halo 4 are known as War Games. The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps - three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE.
Specializations: Everyone will have access to select Specializations, but those that purchase the Halo 4 Limited Edition will receive the ability to unlock six Specializations early, available at launch on Xbox LIVE. You can use them, one at a time, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specializations unlock new customization options.
UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet: The UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet includes a Spartan armour customisation schematic, information about UNSC weapons, an introduction to the massive ship UNSC Infinity, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity's finest warriors: The Spartan-IVs. Story lovers will especially enjoy this in-fiction offering that provides a glimpse into the indoctrination of Spartans aboard the Infinity.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Special Edition: The Special Edition of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is a 90-minute extended version of the live-action digital series which will take fans back to the terrifying beginning of the Human/Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC's greatest vessel ever: the UNSC Infinity.
Digital content also includes in-fiction bonus content that expands the characters and stories of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, special featurette Bringing Gaming into Reality, and a behind the scenes look at the making of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.
Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE: The Limited Edition includes the following bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE: unique in-game Spartan-IV armour skin, unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle, an exclusive in-game emblem, Xbox LIVE Avatar prop, and Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan IV armour set.
As for the Legendary Edition, well, there won't be one this year.
"There will be two options available at retail for Halo 4 - the regular version of the game and the aforementioned Limited Edition," explained the Halo Waypoint blog. "We decided to focus our efforts on a single special edition instead of numerous ones so you wouldn't have to pick and choose between what ancillary items you want. Now your primary choice is whether or not you just want the game, or the game along with all the goodies. And we're hoping we made that decision an easy one for you."
Halo 4 will release worldwide November 6. Pre-order now at Amazon.co.uk.
Will you miss not having a Legendary Edition, or does the Limited Edition set offer enough for collectors?