Yesterday during a Halo Sparkast, whether intentional or not, the DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle) was confirmed to be in Halo 4.
Sparkast 11: DMR discussion starts at 26 min
Not much was revealed, but the host was heard saying that DMR shots had to be controlled, hinting at the return of a single-shot rifle. The DMR was introduced as the medium range rifle and a replacement to the Battle Rifle in Halo Reach. It looks like in Halo 4 there will be at least two UNSC medium range rifles (Covenant rifles unknown), seeing as the battle rifle has also been confirmed. Many people get scared that the two weapons may be too similar to one another, but as someone who enjoys both rifles I believe that the DMR will be a great addition.
Another confirmation from the podcast was that the bubble shield will not be coming back. In Halo 3 the bubble shield was a portable, spherical shield that could be thrown down in order to provide a temporary forcefield against any weapon projectiles. The shield came back in Reach as an armor ability, but not in its full glory.
Are you guys happy about these announcements? Let me know in the comments below.