Updated: Halo 4 confirmed for Holiday 2012, part of a new trilogy

Closing out the Microsoft E3 press conference in style, Halo 4 was just announced. Fans will finally be able to continue the story of everyone’s favorite Spartan in an all-new FPS from 343 Industries.

Master Chief will indeed be returning for the new title, as a stylish CG trailer revealed. The footage picked up right from where Halo 3 finished. Microsoft also made mention that this was merely the first in a new trilogy of Halo titles. As for a date? Holiday 2012; there’s a long wait to go.

Grab the first shots from the announcements trailer here, the trailer itself shouldn’t be too far behind.

Update: First trailer available here.