It looks like big single player campaign battles are a thing for Halo 4. 343 Industries’ Frank O’Connor revealed some more details about the upcoming mega-sequel during PAX Prime. Talking about the single player campaign with ReadyUpLive, O’Connor stated:
“[Large-scale battles are] a huge part of Halo for everyone. Obviously the encounter by encounter combat is at the soul of Halo, but that scale and that scope and the vehicles and the way the sandbox elements interact with each other. The ability to explore, and the ability to constantly be surprised and be engaged by the environment at that scale is the biggest thing that attracted me to Halo in the first place.”
More information revealed, this time in the October issue of Game Informer, includes an outline of the new enemy types and weapons Master Chief will do bullet-ballet with – Prometheans (possible spoilers):
“The Knights are one of three subdivisions within the Prometheans.
Crawlers are basically cannon fodder to distract from the Knights.
Watchers are support units. They can shield knights, spawn watchers, resurrect knights.
Prometheans work together strategically.
Frankie’s example of a Knight sniping him, he takes cover behind a column, Crawlers attack him by crawling down from the column.
Promethean weapons/equipment designed to fight Flood.
There are different variants of Knights, watchers, and crawlers.
Knight – Deadly warriors, use weapons like Light Rifle and Suppressor.
Knight Lancer – Scouts and Marksmen, use Promethean Vision to locate hidden enemies
Knight Commander – Have skills of Knights, but can wield Incineration Cannons, stronger armor, Autosentry turrets
Knight Battlewagon – Rare but incredibly dangerous, huge frames draped in heavy armor and hardlight shielding, can deploy Autosentries, will wield Scattershot if you get too close. (Orange patterns through body and on face, orange spikes on back. Super badass!)
Watcher – Wield boltshots, summon crawlers, protect and resurrect Knights.
Crawler – Agile and move in packs, fire Boltshot from distance
Crawler Snipe – upgraded crawlers, no further details. I assume they keep larger ranges.
Alpha Crawler – Lead packs of Crawlers, has a Suppressor
Here are some screenshots of the new guns and goons from the people over at The Halo Council.