Halo 4 Limited Edition announced, detailed

Next to that nifty video of the animated cover art, Microsoft’s also announced Halo 4‘s Limited Edition today.

Next to looking shiny and grey, the $99.99 package provides access to future map pack DLCs, three of them (9 maps total). Then there’s the early access to six Specializations (which give you better rank access + bling options), a Special Edition of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (the upcoming live-action piece), unique armor/weapon skins and in-game emblem etc.

See the itty-bitty deets in official word below. But first, here’s what that $100 will get you:

Limited Edition

  • War Games Map Packs: The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps – three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE.
  • Specializations: Receive early access to six Specializations, available at launch on Xbox LIVE, and use them, one at a time, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specializations unlock new customization options.
  • The Special Edition of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a 90-minute extended version of the live-action digital series which will take fans back to the terrifying beginning of the Human/Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC’s greatest vessel ever: the UNSC Infinity.
  • Digital Content also included:
    – Bonus in-fiction bonus content expanding the characters and stories of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
    – Special Featurette: Bringing Gaming into Reality
    – Making of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
  • Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE:
    Unique in-game Spartan IV armor skin
    Unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle
    An exclusive in-game emblem
    Xbox LIVE Avatar prop
    Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan IV armor set
  • The Limited Edition also contains the UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet which includes a Spartan armor customization schematic, an introduction to the massive ship UNSC Infinity, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity’s finest warriors: The Spartan IVs.