Halo 4 Multiplayer to be Sold Separately?

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Halo 4 multi-player content can be downloaded, is Microsoft planning something?

If you are one of the millions playing Halo 4, you might of noticed something a little odd when you tried to access War Games. When trying to get to the multi-player section of Halo 4, Microsoft asks the player to either insert disc 2 of Halo 4, or to download the multi-player from Xbox Live. The question is, why would anyone want to download the multi-player assets when they have the disc?

It really doesn’t make much sense. Every copy of Halo 4 comes with a second disc for purely install purposes only, and there is no chance that players can use the second disc to play the multi-player of Halo 4. Players need the first disc to play any part of Halo 4. Is Microsoft going to sell the multi-player portion of Halo 4? It sure is possible.

A large number of Halo players never touch the single player portion of the Halo franchise. The numbers aren’t nearly as high as the Call of Duty franchise, but the multi-player is really where players spend most of their time. It would make perfect sense for Microsoft to try and lure those players in that might be on the fence of purchasing Halo 4. Sony has already tired something similar with Killzone, but they made Killzone 3 free to play until players reached a certain level.

A simple answer could be that the content can be downloaded simply for users who want to store it on an external device, but I would guess that most people that buy Halo 4 have a hard drive. Either way it just seems odd to take up 3 gigs of storage on servers when players have the content on disc.

Let us know your theories of why Halo 4’s multi-player content can be downloaded in the comments below.

Cory loves to write and talk about video games. He is the Editor in Chief at For the Love of Gaming, but doesn't really like editing.
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16 Responses to Halo 4 Multiplayer to be Sold Separately?

  • TheTruth says:

    Technically the multiplayer portion of every game on Xbox is sold separately for $60 every 12 months.

  • lubu says:

    because of the renting. if you want to rent halo 4 they only give you disk 1, this way you can rent the game and play offline but if you want to access to multiplayer you must buy disk 2 or at least buy content on disk 2

  • kevin says:

    lubu thats a lie because i rented it and got both disks…. i dont kno were u rent from but if u dont get the full game your getting riped…. and FYI there servers suck for gaylo 4 glad i only rented it

  • Old McGroin says:

    If you bought Halo 4 and for some reason the second disc was scratched/not working/not there then all you would have to do is pop in disc 1 and follow the prompt to download the multiplayer data from there. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.
    C’mon Cory, stop with the scaremongering!

  • Cory Shultz - Editor in Chief
    Cory Shultz - Editor in Chief says:

    Im really not trying to scaremonger. I find that solution weird simply because why would Microsoft spend more money on discs simply to “insure” the customer? If i bought a game and the disc was gone or damaged I would return it just like every other consumer. I wouldn’t just say oh…I can download it. Microsoft doesnt even tell you can download it until you try to play it.

  • Old McGroin says:

    @ Cory

    I don’t think Microsoft paid for the discs to insure the customers, I’d imagine it’s the other way around; they paid for the discs to avoid the wrath of customers who found out they had to download the second section of the game separately. It would be a pretty big problem for customers who don’t actually have a broadband connection as well. I know everyone tends to think that every person in the world has broadband but that’s simply not true. Yet.
    IMO, I think that if Microsoft went down the route of releasing half the game on disc and the multiplayer had to be downloaded separately then they would lose a lot of potential customers for Halo 4 and I’d imagine someone at Microsoft thinks the same.
    But you’re right in one sense, it is a weird turn of events, I didn’t know the multiplayer data could be downloaded until I popped in the first disc either, but I’d say the “insurance” part was putting it online to download rather than the supply of the second disc itself. That’s just my opinion though!

  • Josh says:

    The reason I see for the download to the hard drive is because halo 4 is pushing the Xbox to its limits and it being on the hard drive takes less power to read the hard drive than the disk.make sense?
    Also Kevin is definitely a call of duty fanboy(or girl) and even if he enjoyed it he would say it sucked because its better than call of duty.Halo 4 is the best game I have ever played the campaign is great,but when I went to multiplayer I had high expectations and multiplayer was even higher than my expectations.i didn’t want to stop playing I would say”just one more game”and when the game was over I would say it over and over again.

  • Cory Shultz - Editor in Chief
    Cory Shultz - Editor in Chief says:

    Thats my point tho. If you buy the game…you get the second disc. So if you damage the game or something and dont have broadband you still cant get the content.

  • Old McGroin says:

    @ Cory

    We’re definitely looking at this from two different angles! The way I see it, if you don’t have broadband you can still access the multiplayer for local play from the second disc. And if the second disc doesn’t work out for you for whatever reason and you have broadband then you have the handy option of downloading it.
    If you don’t have broadband AND the second disc is damaged then your fresh outta luck I suppose! At least they appear to have covered one unlucky outcome for some people but they can’t cover all angles.

  • Andre R. says:

    I have one word… Redbox.

  • lubu says:


    i didn’t bought or rent disk 1 only, i was read it before in here:

    “The Redbox profiles for both Halo 4 and Assassin’s Creed III (as well as the “coming soon” list) are accompanied with the disclaimer that only disc one will be provided if you rent each game.”

  • @mick says:

    Maybe they are gonna put halo 4 on the market place and sell the multiplayer seperatly

  • Face Palm says:

    How many Marketplace games have you seen that spans in 2 disks? none. If Halo 4 is to be on Marketplace
    this is is way to do it. Pay for halo 4 SP and you can download the MP part as everyone else

  • Cory Shultz - Editor in Chief
    Cory Shultz - Editor in Chief says:

    Max payne 3, assassins creed brotherhood revelations and 3. battlefield 3

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