November 5th 2012 9:24 am PT

Halo Launch Events (Plus, where you can meet members of 343)

Halo 4Join many members of the Xbox and 343 teams tonight for the launch of Halo 4 at the Microsoft Store at University Village in Seattle. The event starts at 8pm and will  feature 16 game stations, competitive multiplayer for fans against 343 developers, and DJ Iris providing live music, the first 1,000 attendees will receive gift bags and everyone will have photo opportunities with the Master Chief. Outside the Microsoft Store, attendees are welcome to tour our mobile “Halo” museum, featuring original franchise artwork while waiting for the midnight launch.

In other parts of the world, we’ve got more than 30 global launch events planned in major cities worldwide, including Seattle, Paris, Berlin, London, Toronto, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai and Sydney.

In Europe, more than 700 midnight openings are planned, including a spectacular stunt the night of Nov. 5 between the O2 Stadium and Tower Bridge on the Thames in London. In Germany, fans will receive hands-on time with “Halo 4” and view a screening of the complete “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” series in Hamburg, Berlin and Frankfurt. Meanwhile, in Paris, “Halo 4” will be showcased during the Paris Games Week, the biggest gaming fair in France, which is set to draw more than 200,000 visitors this year.

Elsewhere, more than 200 EB Games stores in Australia will be open for midnight madness, with flagship events in major capital cities Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. EB Games in Auckland, New Zealand will also host the biggest Midnight Madness event Kiwis have ever seen. “Halo” fans in Canada will be transported aboard the decks of the UNSC Infinity to enlist for combat training and heroic appearances at Yonge & Dundas Square in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Halo By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Emmanuel Santos

    arrrrrgh i wish i wasnt in iraq i want to play it!

    • NarcoSleepy

      Really?? THAT’S the reason you wish you weren’t in Iraq? ;)

      • pharmassist

        dude, come on.. it’s halo.

    • Chris Grub

      If this is true – send this man an XBOX with a copy of the game.

  • Zack Morel

    “Wake me… When you need me.”

  • Lee Rayson

    got my game in the post today though im bit nervous to play it because all this nonesens of people being banned for playing early.

    • fraser borody

      Lots of people are playing it, nothing to really worry about.

      • Lee Rayson

        yeah i know lots people are playing it but the rumor mill is saying people are being banned for playing eartly

        • Boe2

          Just play. Microsoft is not going to punish customers because retailers are breaking rules..

        • Miller

          it was only a problem for those who obtained a copy illegally. There’s been people playing it since last friday.

    • Tony Alvarez

      You can get on, there was a report mid last week stating the only players online were a total of about 145, legit players, so you’re good to go. Have fun ; )

    • CodeToJoy

      If you bought it legally and received it early, it’s been said many times on the podcast that you’re clear to play it. It’s the people who got the game early by nefarious means that are at risk for banning.

  • Tony Alvarez

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this! Gonna be hitting Campaign, Spartan-Ops AND MP in the first 24 hours…YES : D

  • FlawlessSnake

    no new york city event Wooww if some one know please post Thx.

  • TJ Barlow

    Decided to come up from Portland for the official launch. Save me a copy!

  • Miller

    My ms.expertzone copy is yet to be dispatched. Will pick up one at the store tomorrow I guess.

  • Eric Starr

    Our local stores had midnight launches but they were just “come in and get the game.” Nothing special, no promo items, nothing.