First of all we have what has to be a new version of the BR, it's more detailed than the Halo 3 weapon, but has the same form factor:
Computron on NeoGaf tweaked the levels in 'Shop and revealed the blurry designation of "BR55HB" compared the the Halo3 designation of "BR55SB" - This will be to explain any small functionality tweaks 343i have had to make.
|Halo 4(top) Halo 3(bottom)|
When compared to the Halo3 gloves you can see that they're definitely different gloves, with green armour plates covering the individual finger bones. The really interesting thing is the index finger though:
I'm struggling to think how the new forearms could be functionally different to the old ones, but they look very different. They're more bulky and angular than the Halo 3 forarms, it's unlikely, but perhaps they house some new tech? What could those little triangular ridges be? Switches for something?
|Halo 3 (top) Halo 4 (middle and bottom)|
Chief can once again hide (and protect) his manhood as his codpiece has returned after an absence in the announce trailer - perhaps he doesn't like sleeping with it, understandable.
|Halo 3 helmet on the left Halo 4 on the right|
There's a number of subtle changes and additional detail on the helmet, removed the black venty-pipe things on his jaw, added rivets to the mouthpiece as well as a slightly smaller visor. Being honest it looks like a new helmet, even though we're told it's just down to a new artist. Despite the additional detail, I personally prefer the Halo 3 one, I think.
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- Cowboy Out.