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Liechtenstein transformed for Halo 4 launch party

The principality was given a dystopian feel for an immersive launch party on Halloween night.

It may be one of the world's smallest countries, but Liechtenstein played a big part in the much-anticipated launch of Halo 4 on Halloween night.

According to the Telegraph, the 62-square mile principality was turned into an immersive theatrical experience. More than 70 guests to the event were escorted to a secret location in the normally tranquil Liechtenstein countryside, and treated to a realistic Halo-style war zone with cinematic sets, pyrotechnics and plenty of loud explosions.

The makeover included turning the 13th-century Gutenberg Castle into a futuristic military fortification, and creating a post-apocalyptic military encampment in a local farmer's field.

A working quarry also became a stage for the series' hero, The Master Chief, to make an appearance. The result was a truly impressive replica of the Halo universe.

Actors took guests on a two-hour adventure, during which time they had to decode cryptic clues, all in the name of saving mankind from extinction.

The project, which was carried out by Xbox 360 and the Leichtenstein government's tourist board was a big success, and has certainly raised the profile of the new game, which is set to go on sale on November 6th.

Chris Lewis, who is vice president of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft EMEA, explained that this isn't the first time that a Halo launch made a big impression.

In fact, the game series seems to have a knack at having a launch to remember, with previous events including red-carpet premiers and a man with a jet pack flying over London's skyline. "Halo launches have continually broken the mould and we are back with a colossal bang for Halo 4," Chris said.

Since the first game in the Halo series was released in 2001, the franchise has sold more than 46 million copies, with sales have generated nearly £2 billion.

The newest incarnation of the game will be the first not to be developed by Bungie. Instead, it has been created by a Microsoft Studios subsidiary, 343 Industries.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801480877-ADNFCR