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Halo 4's Spartan Ops Season Longer than ODST Campaign
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Halo 4’s Spartan Ops season will contain more content than Halo 3: ODST’s campaign. That’s according to 343 Industries, members of which have been chatting away happily on NeoGAF

The conversation picked up when Halo franchise director Frank O’Connor responded to concern about the length of Halo 4’s campaign, following the release of the game’s Achievement list. The list reveals that Halo 4 has eight missions.

"Number of missions has no bearing on the length of the campaign," said O'Connor. "It's a Halo sized campaign. PLUS Spops etc."

Spartan Ops designer David Ellis then popped up, saying, "SpOps season alone is longer than ODST," adding that Halo 4's campaign and Spartan Ops missions are being worked on by "completely separate teams.”

Spartan Ops is a new mode coming to Halo 4. It will be released as a series of 10-15 minute long playable episodes following the release of the game on November 6th.

[via EG]


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Comment #1 by JT Gregory
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 07:56:23 AM
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sounds great, good to see lots of content, cant wait for this !!!

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Comment #2 by Mr Chr15topher
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 07:59:55 AM
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Halo 4 is my GOTY, no question. Every day, I just get more and more excited for it.

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Comment #3 by Infomouse
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:02:03 AM
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I really hope 343 doesn't skimp on the campaign for Halo 4. They could all too easily fall into the 'Call of Duty' mentality where story is just an afterthought to multiplayer.

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Comment #4 by Aussie27Legend
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:02:50 AM
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But it doesn't have Nathan Fillion now does it :P

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Comment #5 by thenewpeter
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:06:33 AM
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Nice to hear something about the length of spartan ops, I'm looking forward to see what it can deliver.
I hope that the length of the general campaign is decent, they do need to do alot to make it a good startup, but the achievements give 8 missions, just less then the count from the original Halo, but could easily last longer per mission.

Fingers crossed that 343 do a good job.

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Comment #6 by ModernSith2010
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:08:27 AM
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I've always found that each Halo mission is generally longer than any other mission from other games, so I'm not too worried.

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Comment #7 by Opiate42
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:08:49 AM
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There's some really funny acronyms out there but c'mon.... SPOPS?

I like the concept... but A) want to know the pricing structure if any and B) egad please tell me they were drunk when they named it?

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Comment #8 by Boro Iz Rich
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:09:46 AM
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@#2 It's your GoTY? The game isn't even released yet. I mean, I think this game is gonna be awesome, but it has potential to suck ass. I'll just wait and see and not get my hopes up. I'll be alot happier if I expect it to suck and then it turns out to be amazing.

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Comment #9 by ModernSith2010
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:10:43 AM
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@7 I think I heard that the first season is free then the second would be charged at an unannounced price.

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Comment #10 by Hurricane Of 87
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:17:37 AM
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New GTA V screen shots just dropped. Get on it guys!

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Comment #11 by Ostrowski
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:21:03 AM
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Yeah I'm not exactly getting hyped for this game not after reach. When Reach came out I was like YES finally another halo but then it wasn't the greatest. I'm not saying it was bad but halo 1,2 and 3 were better lol. I'm curious for the achievements though. I'm hoping this game will have end up being 2000 gamerscore like gears is

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Comment #12 by head0r Inc
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:45:02 AM
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So it's settled, isn't it?
No FireFight in Halo 4?

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Comment #13 by ZLU CORONA
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:45:32 AM
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Comment #14 by Mr Chr15topher
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:48:07 AM
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@12 Some of the Spartan Ops missions will contain sections where you have to survive waves of enemies until extraction, so it is in a sense.

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Comment #15 by head0r Inc
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:51:03 AM
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@ 14
Sad.. Yeah I know about that, doesn't change the fact that jumping into a firefight straight away with some friends was real fun at times :-). Just sad to see that they took it away from Halo, as I don't always want to play missions to get into some FireFight with the KI. :(

Oh well, doesn't change the fact that it is my goty, time to kick some asses online again... BATTLERIFLE FTW!!

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Comment #16 by Mr Chr15topher
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 08:57:13 AM
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@15 They could add some firefight missions as we know them to SPOPS. It could be a mission to distract the enemy, and you have to survive through the rounds and at the end of round 3 you then have to get to the extraction point instead of just getting the finish fade out like in Reach.

It's only a guess, but it sounds like a plausible mission, so there could still be hope for firefight.

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Comment #17 by BiggD
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 09:02:15 AM
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Halo's campaign is perfect, 343i will definitely deliver. GOTY for sure!!!

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Comment #18 by Astrex
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 09:30:25 AM
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I'm so excited I have a boner!

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Comment #19 by Caramel Cardinal
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 09:43:11 AM
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problem with saying that is you can do odst's campaign in an hour or 2, it really isn't that long, of course if they have like 3 seasons of Sparten ops then that may be different even if we have to pay for the 2nd and 3rd

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Comment #20 by Mr Chr15topher
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 09:50:35 AM
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I swear that I heard that the Spartan Ops were all going to be free. I know that you have to pay for the MP map packs, but where did they say you had to pay for the new SPOPS?

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Comment #21 by Olliezilla
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 10:03:49 AM
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Too show how little I've checked up on gaming news in recent months, I had to search up what Spartan Ops was. I rarely play the Xbox now due to other commitments in life, but from playing Halo 1,2,3 in my younger years, i'll need no persuading to buy Halo 4, and i've not even seen any gameplay footage! I know it will be brilliant, and look forward to it

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Comment #22 by silver DewSky
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 10:05:44 AM
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343 seems to be putting a lot into Halo 4. Can't wait to play it and see their take on the well established franchise.

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Comment #23 by Spanish Assault
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 10:07:02 AM
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I lik ethe idea of spartan ops...but are we paying for each episode?

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Comment #24 by Mr Chr15topher
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 10:11:28 AM
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@23 They are going to be released in chapters, each containing 5 episodes of 15-20 mins each. As I said in my previous comment, I'm not sure if we will have to pay for them or not. I heard that they were free, but others seem to think we have to pay.

May need to do a bit of research into this.

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Comment #25 by Mr Chr15topher
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 10:17:04 AM
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It seems that the first chapter/ season of Spartan ops will be free, but we will have to pay for the others after that: "As previously reported, Microsoft Studios and developer 343 Industries will be providing the first season of Spartan Ops content for free."

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Comment #26 by MrBootyShank
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 10:19:25 AM
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Suuree, it may be longer than ODST, but it's not going to be better, ODST is my favourite Halo game to date.

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Comment #27 by Mr Chr15topher
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 10:20:14 AM
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^ sorry, didn't see the picture at the bottom of that page.

10 weeks = 1 season
1 chapter per week
5 episodes per chapter

so we get the first 10 weeks of Spartan ops missions for free, then the next 4 seasons (40 weeks) will need to be paid for.

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Comment #28 by I mak3 big boom
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 11:06:45 AM
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Spartan Ops is probably going to be a few areas recycled over and over again with a small twist. I don't know that but I definitely wouldn't be surprised.

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Comment #29 by secretkaos187
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 11:52:19 AM
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Comment #30 by TeAmExTrEmE737
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 11:58:03 AM
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Then again ODST was only like 4 hours.

That's still not much for Spartan Ops.

Make it like 10 hours, then I'll salute lol.

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Comment #31 by sumthingchronic
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 12:21:30 PM
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Well ifs going to take up 8gb of hard drive I should bloody well think so!

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Comment #32 by Sanchezz4387
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 12:23:13 PM
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I thought these spartan ops were free also, naive I guess. Still can't wait for this game it needs to hurry

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Comment #33 by Spanish Assault
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 12:26:29 PM
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@25, 27 - Thanks for the research. I like the idea, but I HATE buying DLC. I guess we will see how much fun the first season is.

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Comment #34 by Terrin
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 12:59:53 PM
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@33 so you hate a company making money they are giving 10 weeks which is longer then most people hold onto a game then if you like them you can pay.

I don't mind if each season is 10 weeks for say 800 msp points thats more content and less price then cod map packs

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Comment #35 by chanman
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 01:15:45 PM
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10- 15 minutes seems short :/

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Comment #36 by AndyMan2k11
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 01:34:27 PM
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halo reach is fucking shit. halo 4 maps look homosexual

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Comment #37 by Mr Chr15topher
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 01:37:33 PM
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@35 Thats 15-20 mins per episode, and you get 5 per week. Thats 1hr 15 mins- 1hr 40 mins per week. Thats 10 weeks of that for free.

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Comment #38 by BiggD
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 02:02:04 PM
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@35, who cares if each episode is short? there will be new episodes every week for ten weeks, then more as DLC. plus we have a campaign that is as long as Halo 2 so about 12-16 hours and matchmaking. sounds like you're either just greedy or don't appreciate 343's hard work.

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Comment #39 by Darkforce412
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 02:19:08 PM
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game of the year!!!!!!! suck it black ops!!!!!

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Comment #40 by Chief 340
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 02:27:32 PM
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Pretty awesome of 343 to basically give us about 10 hours of free dlc, every article I read about this game just gets me more and more excited for it :)

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Comment #41 by Spanish Assault
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 02:49:44 PM
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@34 - No I hate BUYING DLC, I never said I was against it or hate that companies make money....that's just stupid. Companies are in the business of making money, what I hate about buying DLC is that once you buy it you can never recoup any of your money back. With a game after I'm done playing it I re-sell it and try and break even. That's not an option with DLC.

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Comment #42 by ease
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 05:27:58 PM
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wow so u should play games for free...its u people that are killing the games industry thank you you cheap f*ck

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Comment #43 by Bridgo
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 05:39:33 PM
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8 missions in halo = a lot of play time if the mission structure is anything like previuos halo's.

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Comment #44 by TRAGICTRIXIE
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 07:26:17 PM
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I will give my opinion when i get my hands on it come november

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Comment #45 by Hannibal king 88
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 11:37:15 PM
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I hate how they keep telling us good stuff. For fucks sake man release a beta or sumthing. That way we dont have a reach fuck up again

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Comment #46 by Spanish Assault
Saturday, August 25, 2012 @ 12:52:13 AM
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@42 - The game industry in in no danger of dying. Just like you have a right to be a total ass on here I have the right to sell my games when I'm done with them.

When did I say I want to play games for free?!?! You're such a see someone who doesn't either keep their games or trade them into gamestop for $5 each and you regurgitate the same nonsense that people have been saying for years, yet the video game industry continues to make BILLIONS. Try and have an original thought next time.

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Comment #47 by Niall1801
Saturday, August 25, 2012 @ 09:09:56 PM
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There are too many great looking games coming out in the further months, I need more free time to play them all.

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Comment #48 by Sargent Thenard
Sunday, August 26, 2012 @ 12:00:44 AM
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Did I say I have to have it?

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Comment #49 by chizrocker88
Sunday, August 26, 2012 @ 05:26:17 PM
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I'm certainly more excited for Halo 4 than I was, but I think Borderlands 2 or AC3 will end up being my personal GOTY. Either way, stoked for H4!

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