After being leaked by earlier today, Halo 4 was officially announced at the end of Microsoft's press briefing, marking the beginning of a new trilogy.

Shown off in a cinematic trailer, the next installment in the critically-acclaimed franchise will once again star Master Chief, with the teaser trailer showing the once-dead hero aboard a ship under attack. After receiving a distress signal from Cortana, the silent Spartan jetted off into space to the thunderous applause of E3 attendees.

While we still know very little about the title, Microsoft announced that the game will hit Xbox 360s everywhere next holiday.

What do you, fellow gamers, think? Are you looking forwarding to walking in the shoes of Master Chief again? What do you want to see in the title? Sound off in the comments below.