As we just noted, some of Microsoft's biggest E3 2011 announcements have leaked online, courtest of... erm, Microsoft. They include the long-awaited Halo 4 - complete with the below screenshot.
MS only posted a thumbnail, but in this zoomed-in version, we can clearly see what appears to be Master Chief himself making his long-awaited return to the franchise - in a shot that seems to lead on nicely from the end of Halo 3. And is that Cortana we see?
What are your early thoughts, readers? Does it hint at a direction for the series you were hoping for?
Microsoft's E3 press conference is due to begin at 5pm UK time. We'll be reporting live on everything you now already know.