Halo 4 Spartan Ops goes on hiatus next week, 'Infinity Challenge' begins

Halo 4 Spartan Ops goes on hiatus next week, 'Infinity Challenge' begins
Halo 4's episodic co-op campaign Spartan Ops will go on hiatus next week, concluding in January with the final five episodes of season one. Microsoft is also teaming up with Virgin gaming on the "Halo 4 Infinity Challenge," which has a V8-powered 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor (pictured), along with an appearance in a future Halo game, as its grand prize.

Those interested in participating in the Mountain Dew and Doritos presents, in association with Seven Eleven and Harvey's RV World, Halo 4 Infinity Challenge can register at www.halo4infinitychallenge.com. The tournament begins December 17 and will track War Games and Spartan Ops leaderboards, with over 2,800 prizes available. The qualifier phase will run until January 10.

After the qualifier section, players will be tiered into three groups, with the final phase taking place the week of January 12. Leaderboards will be reset at this time to award the top performers in each tier. No word yet if the new Ford F-150 handles like a Warthog.

We also asked Microsoft if there were any location restrictions on the contest: "The Halo 4 Infinity Challenge will be open to all consumers in all countries where Halo 4 is sold and Xbox LIVE is available, with the exceptions of the states of AZ, CT, MD, TN, & VT in the United States, and the province of Quebec in Canada."


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Virgin Gaming and XBOX 360 Team up to launch the Halo 4 INFINITY CHALLENGE
The "Halo 4 Infinity Challenge" launches Dec. 17, giving players a chance to win a UNSC-themed 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor truck and a cameo in a future "Halo" game.

VIRGIN GAMING "HALO 4 INFINITY CHALLENGE"
Virgin Gaming, Xbox 360 and 343 Industries are joining forces to launch the "Halo 4 Infinity Challenge" on Xbox LIVE starting Dec. 17, bringing gamers the biggest and most accessible free-to-enter "Halo" tournament in the world.

Starting today, players can register for the "Halo 4 Infinity Challenge" by visiting www.halo4infinitychallenge.com (localized registration sites available on Dec. 12). Launching on Dec. 17, the free-to-enter tournament will track your personal score in War Games and the number of Spartan Ops chapters you complete on global leaderboards, giving players of different preferences and skill levels all a shot at the more than 2,800 prizes. For the War Games leaderboard winner, the grand prize will be a UNSC-themed, V8-powered 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor truck designed by 343 Industries, and for the Spartan Ops winner, the grand prize will be an appearance in a future "Halo" game.

During the qualifier phase (Dec. 17 - Jan. 10), players will need to climb the ranks of the global leaderboards by competing in either the Spartan Ops or War Games leaderboard. After the qualifier phase, players will be tiered into three groups (based on their results on the qualifier phase leaderboards) and will enter the finals phase (Jan. 12 - Jan. 19). In addition, players can also participate in Weekly Challenges found on Halo Waypoint at http://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/intel/challenges for a chance to win great prizes.

During the finals, the leaderboards will reset and prizes will be awarded to the top performers in each tier. While terrific prizes are available within all three tiers, the grand prizes will be offered exclusively for those that have battled their way to the top tier.

For tournament and registration information, please visit: www.halo4infinitychallenge.com or http://www.halowaypoint.com/

"HALO 4" CRIMSON MAP PACK
Comprised of three brand new multiplayer maps (Wreckage, Harvest and Shatter), the "Halo 4" Crimson Map Pack will launch on Dec. 10 on Xbox LIVE for 800 MS points (or at no additional charge for those that purchased the "Halo 4" Map Pass or "Halo 4" Limited Edition).

Timed just before the launch of the "Halo 4 Infinity Challenge," the new map pack gives players more reason than ever to stay online and prepare for the upcoming competition by exploring these stunning new battlegrounds.

SPARTAN OPS SEASON CONTINUES IN JANUARY
Clearing the way for the "Halo 4 Infinity Challenge" and the "Halo 4" Crimson Map Pack, Spartan Ops will go on a mid-season break starting Dec. 10. During the week of Dec. 10, 343 Industries will re-enter five missions from the first half of the season into Matchmaking as a "Best of Spartan Ops" compilation. From Dec. 17 – Jan. 14, episodes 1-5 will be re-entered into Matchmaking (one episode per week) to support the "Halo 4 Infinity Challenge," and allow anyone who missed or wants to replay a previous chapter to easily find teammates online. (Check out http://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/intel/spartanops for more information.)

The second half of Spartan Ops Season One will resume later in January with brand new episodes, chapters, locations and maps. Be sure to tune into the Spike TV 10th Annual Video Game Awards, live on Spike TV, Dec. 7 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT for more information and an exclusive first-look at the continuation of Spartan Ops Season One. The Spike TV Video Game Awards will simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s, Xbox LIVE, spike.com and gametrailers.com.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.