Halo 4 is headed back to stores this fall. The Game of the Year Edition of Halo 4 provides players with the first-person shooter as well as its downloadable content.
News of the GOTY edition was leaked to IGN by an anonymous source. They contacted Microsoft for comment and received this confirmation:
“A Game of the Year Edition of Halo 4 will be offered this October, offering tremendous value for fans who want to enjoy one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2012, and additional DLC all in one place. We will have more details to share during the live stream of the Halo Global Championship Finals this Sunday."
Halo 4's GOTY package will contain the full first season of Spartan Ops. Spartan Ops is a brand-new campaign starring the soldiers of the UNSC Infinity. Each of the ten episodes provides several missions playable solo or in co-op mode. The storyline is conveyed through CGI cutscenes. Spartan Ops was initially released in digital form on a weekly basis after the game's launch.
Game of the Year owners will also get access to the three War Games DLC packs. These add-ons provide a total of nine maps for competitive multiplayer along with two bonus helmets.
To make the bundle a complete Halo 4 collection, Microsoft threw in the Champions Bundle as well. This set of DLC packs provided new multiplayer maps, armors, skins and other items. It also introduces Ricochet mode, a sports-like game type.
Looking back, Halo 4 really did get a huge amount of DLC. Research data suggested that it didn't keep Halo 4 owners playing. It's a crappy turn of events for the players who bought all that DLC. Multiplayer add-ons aren't worth much if there's no one to play them with. Perhaps this GOTY bundle will give the player count a much-needed shot in the arm.
Halo 4's Game of the Year Edition will cost $49.99. I suppose we'll find out the exact release date on Sunday.