October 30th 2012 9:38 pm PT

Official Halo 4 Pre-Release LIVE Stream from 343 Industries

With less than a week to go before Halo 4 goes on sale around the world, 343 Industries will be streaming some multiplayer matches live on Wednesday, October 31st at 2:30p ET/11:30a PT below or on their Twitch.TV channel.

I’ll be hosting the live stream and taking your questions via Twitter tagged with #Halo4Stream, or you can leave them in the comments below.


Update. Thanks for everyone who came by to watch. Here is the on-demand version of the stream.

Halo By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/TheLittleMoa Rhys

    Can you share any information on a skill-based ranking system for Halo 4?

  • http://twitter.com/JAYLEXPWn Alex


  • http://twitter.com/TheLittleMoa Rhys

    Can you share any information on a skill-based Ranking System for Halo 4?

    • http://twitter.com/Halloween__Wolf Mythical Wolf


    • http://www.facebook.com/david.alderliesten David Alderliesten

      If you can ignore wolf, things get easier.

      The ranking system at launch is invisible. The visible system is like the one in Reach, time and EXP based. The hidden one is a back-end trueskill based ranking system.

      343 have announced plans to make a visible ranking system in the future, but I will not flaunt that as a fact until it’s out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wantfreestuff.gimmeitnao Wantfreestuff Gimmeitnao

      I wouldn’t really count on a solid skill based ranking system. It’ll either be like Halo 3 where you can boost to be a 50 which spoils it for the legit 50s out there, or it’ll be like Reach where people who would be a legit 50 get matched with people who should be 10s.

  • Dutch Cormick

    Skill-based ranking system for Halo 4? Also. How long will the stream be?

  • Buck Cutter

    Will H4 have ranks like Halo 3 or Halo 2?

  • John Avery

    I really hope there’s a skill-based ranking system… I really miss those days in H3 and H2

    • aStrangeDisease

      Halo reach has a still based ranking system, it is just not visible. Halo Reach also has the Arena playlist for competitive people who want a visual representation of their standing in the community.

      Counting to fifty is not Halo, it is counting to fifty. Having that number encourages cheating and also reduces replayability because there is nowhere to go once you reach level 50.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mathew.ruybal Mathew Ruybal

        i up voted this comment, just wanted to show support. the people who down voted are idiots or children.

  • Octavio Armenta

    I hate to be asking the same as the guys below… but any words in a skill based ranking system? =(

  • Guest

    Skill-based ranking system in Halo 4? Clans?

    • http://twitter.com/Halloween__Wolf Mythical Wolf


  • http://twitter.com/HaloFanForLife Chris Sal Salerno

    Is the Mammoth a driveable vehicle in campaign? Spartan Ops? War Games?

  • http://twitter.com/HaloFanForLife Chris Sal Salerno

    Co-op theater or still just one-person?

  • http://twitter.com/HaloFanForLife Chris Sal Salerno

    After first 10 weeks of Spartan Ops, what then?

    • http://www.facebook.com/iiFlynRyan Ryan Brown

      then you go back to halo 3 and play ranked matches

  • http://twitter.com/HaloFanForLife Chris Sal Salerno

    Is there a correlation between Cortana’s more prominent darker patches relating to her rampancy, or is that just a design aesthetic?

  • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

    A spare code to share with the community for a lucky FEMALE gamer.
    A golden Halo 4 Warrior Armor: JTMW4-YVX3R-D3KYH-6T7X7-T33GZ.
    Can be redeemed internationally. Enjoy!
    Please reply to this post so people know the code has been redeemed.

  • MetalChameau

    Please, put a ranking system in halo 4… There is many players who playing for the competition, and if you put only a social mode, all players who playing for the competition will leave Halo. Why don’t you put a ranked mode and a social mode, like Halo 3 ? So, all players will be satisfied.

    PS : Sorry for my faults, i am French.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

    season pass before the game is out, killstreak care packages or whatever there called, 95 euro for the legendary edition with only dlc codes= bargain bin game of the year edition in 2014.

    skill based ranking leads to cheating, more than likely you will get points for sitting on the toilet in this and always level up

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515392761 Kelly Felhaber

    my wife has redeemed the code. She says thatnks J.A.J.G.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.scott.374 Joe Scott

    No skill based ranking system whatsoever, though, there are a number ‘of skill based attibutes’ used to match players, none visible though.

  • http://twitter.com/Halloween__Wolf Mythical Wolf

    Cortana dies in Halo 4. Chief goes back to Earth and we get to see his face :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.ballard.5682 Mike Ballard

    Will theater allow more than one person. This helps training with larger regular groups.

    • http://twitter.com/johnmcghee1975 John McGhee

      I want to know this as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryanmulready Ryan Mulready

    Clan support? Developer API?

  • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

    If you post any campaign spoilers, your comment will be removed. There are plenty of places for you to ruin the story for others on the internet. This is not one of them.

    • Joshua Nash

      Amen, so can you delete Mythical Wolf’s post and ban him please?

      • Robin

        Do the same with Russell Gorall. He’s top commenter with nothing but trolls and with all the downvotes he’s had that should have been clear ages ago.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1117865903 Giovanni Savarese

      When are you going to dye your hair again?

  • http://twitter.com/aRareCreature The Creature

    Will there be a doubles playlist?

  • Joshua Nash

    Hey Major Nelson, thank you for the Live Stream! My question is how is the feel of the game’s multiplayer? Is it more close to Reach or Halo 3? Or more of a combo?

  • http://twitter.com/Stripclubdeej Stripclubdeej

    Halo Reach Servers down 2 force people 2 watch this ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricardo.e.callado Ricardo E Callado

    Yes please, the lack or knowledge of a skill based matchmaking playlist is making me nervous

  • http://www.facebook.com/damien.simon.925 Damien Simon

    343i, I beg you from the bottom of all competitive player’s hearts , we are thousands and thousands players who were disappointed by Halo reach with it false rank system. We, players of Halo since the beginning wish a game with real skills/rank system like halo 2/ HALO 3.

  • Fredrik Malmkvist

    If i recive the game one day before release, could i be banned if i try to play it?

  • dimebagz0r

    how will the halo 4 servers work with picking host for match making games, will it be like previous halo games and just choose the best suited?

  • http://www.xforgery.com Null

    Or they replied a couple comments down and accidentally didn’t reply directly to the comment. Somebody needs to restore their faith in humanity a little bit.

  • Guest

    how will matchmaking choose the host for halo 4 matchmaking games?, will it be like previous games and just choose the best suited games? halo 3 gave me yellow bar when i played with people from the U.S *im from australia* but Halo reach gave me green bar.

  • dimebagz0r

    how will matchmaking choose the host for halo 4 matchmaking games?, will it be like previous games and just choose the best suited host? also is there a reason why halo 3 gave me yellow bar when i played with people from the U.S *im from australia* but Halo reach gave me green bar.

  • http://twitter.com/HaloFanForLife Chris Sal Salerno

    Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Will the retailer exclusive “skiins” be available as DLC after launch? If so, how much longer after? Thanks again.

  • dimebagz0r

    how will matchmaking choose the host for halo 4 matchmaking games?, will it be like previous games and just choose the best suited games? halo 3 gave me yellow bar when i played with people from the U.S *im from australia* but Halo reach gave me green bar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickpalumboculver Nicholas Palumbo-Culver


  • http://www.facebook.com/nickpalumboculver Nicholas Palumbo-Culver

    Major….will you play halo 4 in your free time?

  • http://twitter.com/_Mikey1123_ michael

    Im only going to watch for 5 minutes…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003590217295 Billy Beefcaked

    God I wish I had Major Nelsons job!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601184195 Fox E Salazar

    how would i get my hands on the pre-release, i’d like to try the game before i buy it. If i buy it.

  • glen

    how are the skill rankings going to work?

  • http://twitter.com/rdfiasco Ryan Davis

    Is Halo 4 running on the same physics engine as Reach? Have physics problems in Reach been fixed? I’m talking about things like Warthogs rolling indefinitely, vehicles launching off rocks at 1,000 MPH, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zFLuFFy Greg A Uhrbrock

    Can you ask about theater mode. Will it be like Halo 3 where you can have 4 players or like Halo Reach with just 1 player?

  • http://twitter.com/TROOPSofUNSC TROOPS of UNSC©

    Will we be able to lower weapons for filming machinima, and will Halo Waypoint allow us to render film clips like Bungie pro did?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.cohen.33821 Bob Cohen


    • Bugalugs McScruffin

      It’s back to the Halo 3 system with a hidden health. I would be interested to know if it recharges. Basically shields is the main component with a little bit of health, but it’s not shown on screen like in Halo 1 or Reach.

  • glen

    is the skill rankings going to work like halo 3 or is it updated?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ricardo.e.callado Ricardo E Callado

      They said it 15 min ago, NO visual ranking.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.richardson.961 Brandon Richardson

      They said that you wont be able to view the skill level because they didnt want it to be a boosting issue or people just playing to level a skill level and actually show teamwork more but they do have one behind the scenes

  • http://www.facebook.com/captaincosmofudgepantsesquirethesixth Yehuda Lauer

    do the Spartans make death noises like in previous halos? in all the videos I’ve seen they die silently….

  • http://www.facebook.com/wantfreestuff.gimmeitnao Wantfreestuff Gimmeitnao

    Can we hear the game audio?

  • http://www.facebook.com/trevor.wrangham Trevor Wrangham

    will Halo4 have the option to support clans/communities like back in Halo2?

  • goob0t

    When does the new Halo Waypoint update come out?

  • http://twitter.com/Camchin Cameron Voorhis

    will there be more vehicle combat in multiplayer?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricardo.e.callado Ricardo E Callado

    Any skill/ranked based playlist?