Last night, in a sort of prelude to PAX and Halofest, Microsoft showed off both a slice of the “343 Guilty Spark” mission of Halo: CE Anniversary Edition (it’s exactly like you remember it, and at the press of a button it’s exactly like it was, thanks to the ability to toggle between remake and original versions of the game) and a bit of cross-promotional fan service. Namely, Halo references in Forza Motorsport 4.
Specifically, fans can unlock an ultra-detailed Warthog (taken from Halo 4) for the game’s garage viewer mode. This Kinect-enhanced viewing experience includes the ability to toggle just about every working part of the vehicle as well as hear detailed profiles of its parts and service history narrated by Jen Taylor, the voice of Cortana. However, the Warthog is strictly for viewing only and can’t be raced, for better or for worse.
Well, it can’t be driven in Forza, anyway. But the fact that this Warthog is derived from Halo 4 is the first concrete detail we’ve heard about the next game in the series. Clearly this indicates that 343 intends to draw on the existing Halo sandbox to a certain degree. While the game’s teaser hints at Master Chief exploring a mysterious new world, it looks like familiar human military tech will factor in somehow, meaning that — if nothing else — the Chief won’t be initiating a new fight completely on his lonesome. So that’s something, right? Check out the reveal video below: