Thirty-two mysterious pieces of a picture-puzzle were assembled by Halo fans in order to recreate Halo 4's cover art.
Science-fiction shooter Halo 4 sees the return of heroic main character Master Chief after a five-year absence.
It is also the first of a planned three-part narrrative, a luxury not afforded to 2002's original Halo: Combat Evolved and its subsequent sequels.
A November 6 worldwide release for the Xbox 360 exclusive means that Master Chief's next escapade will debut one week before Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Halo 4's final cover art is likely to appear with minor alterations -- a larger age rating symbol and the title graphic moved to the uppermost third would be in line with conventional standards.