A new Forge map called "Impact" was revealed today. The map takes place on about two to three asteroids in an asteroid field. There also appears to be a nearby nebula and an unidentified planet.
Forge has added a "locking objects" feature, which allows you to lock and object in place to matter where it is, and you can also lock it so Jimmy can't join your game and destroy 3 hours of work.
The new Forge also adds dynamic lighting to the mix which helps the graphics in the user-created environments more closely resemble those found in the War Games multiplayer portion of the game.
You can watch the walkthrough video here: NEW: Exclusive Halo 4 Forge Mode Details.
Microsoft makes a move to protect its IP (Intellectual Property) by prohibiting the monetization of Halo videos in any way. Your Halo headshot montage won't be making you any more money, thanks to a revised Microsoft policy.
A new version of the company's game content usage rules explicitly prohibits anyone from making money through the creation and distribution of video clips or other materials, so long as the game in question was published by Microsoft Studios.
Here's an excerpt from the rules:
You may post your Item to a page or website that has advertising, but only if you do not earn any money from that advertising. For example, if you post your video on Youtube or Vimeo and there happens to be an advertisement next to it, then as long as you don't get paid for that advertisement, the fact that there is an advertisement on the page doesn't break these Rules. But enrolling in the Youtube partner program (or other similar programs), where you are entering into an agreement to get paid, is not allowed. On a similar note, if you create and distribute a free app, then you can't earn any money from advertising in that app.
Games that fit into this category are as follows:
Halo (all versions)
Forza Motorsport (all versions)*
Fable (all versions)
Kinect Joy Ride
Age of Empires (all versions)
Flight Simulator (all versions)*
Perfect Dark Zero
Project Gotham Racing (all versions)*
You can read the full article here: Microsoft's New Game Content Usage Rules
343i announced that they aren't ready to show Master Chief's face, sticking to the policy set in motion by Bungie in 2001.
"It's funny we don't then show his face," O'Connor explained. "But that's a device to keep the player invested in the character and keep the player from constantly being reminded that they're not a hero or that they have to be a boy or they have to be a girl, or whatever that is."
"If you went down [to a Halo line at a convention] and found a nerd with a deep canon Halo t-shirt and said describe the Master Chief to this police sketch artist, that police sketch artist would then produce a perfectly accurate rendering of an older man, almost painfully pale, almost albino white, with pale blue eyes, reddish hair, close cropped to a skin head, and maybe the last remnants of freckles he had when he was a kid."
You can read the full article here: 343i won't show Master Chief's face, but are they ready to kill him off?