Halo 4's multiplayer Specilisations have been detailed by Microsoft and developer 343 Studios.
When a player achieves rank 50 as a Spartan, they'll be able to choose one of eight specialisations types - detailed below. Each comes with its own unique armour sets and mods, emblems, weapon skins and visor colours spread across ten ranks.
Once a specialisation has been selected, they must be ranked up before the player can choose to enlist in a different class.
Two specialisations - Wetwork and Pioneer - will be available to all players at launch, while the remaining six can be acquired by pre-ordering the game at Game or GameStation or by purchasing the Halo 4 Limited Edition that comes with all of them unlocked. All specializations will eventually be available for download over Xbox Live over the months following the game's launch.
The specialisations are as follow (via Halo Waypoint)
- Wetwork - A stealth class that can move quickly and silently.
- Pioneer - Its Fast Track armour mod allows Pioneers to gain more exp from each encounter and level up quicker.
- Engineer - Its Drop Recon armour mod lets players know the location and time of ordinance drops via an external suborbital monitoring system.
- Tracker - Built for long-range targeting, the Tracker's requisition armour mod allows users to recall their ordnance requests for a chance to receive better weapon drops.
- Rogue - Its armour mod allows greater aiming stability when in combat.
- Stalker - Its Nemesis armour mod will keep track of all enemies that have attacked or killed you, making their locations known.
- Pathfinder - Decreases the time of weapon overheat when sitting in a vehicle's gunner seat and increases Spartan speed while carrying a detached turret.
- Operator - The Wheelman armour mod can get extra stamina and durability out of any vehicle they're piloting.
Elsewhere, Microsoft announced that the War Game Map Pass that comes with the Limited Edition will be sold separately for 2000 Microsoft Points, roughly 15 per cent less than it would be to buy all of its components separately. It includes nine competitive multiplayer maps as well as the Spartan-IV Scanner and Strider helmets and the Falcon in-game emblem.