Halo 4 ARG (Augmented Reality Game) – A Story
You may or may not be aware of this, but 343 Industries has been playing an interesting mini-game with fans for several months before the release of Halo 4 and shortly afterward. It has since been completed in time for the Holiday season, but will certainly start up again after the new year. *The game first started with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, when they inserted terminal videos into every level of the Campaign. Each video ends with a string of strange symbols. See example below:
It all looked like gibberish at first until it was revealed that these were Forerunner glyphs. By watching all ten terminals and entering their corresponding codes into Halo Waypoint (via either logging into the website or Xbox Live), you unlock a secret eleventh terminal and earn yourself a whopping 134,000 credits in Halo: Reach. Of course, the terminals themselves are story-related treats of 343 Guilty Spark’s time as Monitor of Installation-04 (aka “Alpha Halo”).
The ARG game has upped its ante in the wake of Halo 4, which I will continue in my next post. Apologies folks. I was going to complete this article, but sadly I must rest for the night. Oh, how I wish I could be a armor-clad Forerunner right now and not need sleep. But, as they say, I am only human.
*Note: I’d be lacking if I failed to mention Bungie’s contribution to the easter egg/ARG thing by adding Halo 3’s terminals, Halo 3:ODST’s Sadie-storyline datapads and Halo: Reach’s datapads.