Some very lucky (or shady) individuals have managed to get a hold of Halo 4 almost a month before the game officially comes out, and they’ve discovered that the latest episode in Microsoft’s biggest franchise might just be the biggest game in the series yet: Halo 4’s content is spread out across 2 dual-layered DVDs.
The first disc is the disc you use to actually play the game, while the second disc is an “install” disc that you’ll need to install to your Xbox 360 harddrive if you want to play the game’s various multiplayer modes. The install will require 8GB of free space, and Microsoft says that the fairly large installation (by Xbox standards,) is required because of the “extensive suite” of multiplayer options that Halo 4 features, such as free monthly content updates to the game’s co-op mode. Once the second disc is installed, you’ll only need the first disc to access all of the game’s features.
This shouldn’t be a problem for most 360 users, but I’m one of those poor saps that’s still stuck with one of those tiny 20GB hard drives that the 360 originally shipped with. I suppose it’s time that I invested in a bigger hard drive, but I really don’t want to pay Microsoft’s inflated price for 360 memory — seriously, fuck proprietary hardware. I am a huge fan of Halo though, so I don’t really have a choice.
Halo 4 comes out exclusively for the Xbox 360 on November 6th.