The Flood is back in Halo 4; 343i confirms the game is complete.

Well, sort of. A brand new Flood-themed multiplayer mode for Halo 4 was unveiled today, and it looks pretty interesting.

Sounding like a new iteration of the popular multiplayer mode Infection, this new Flood Mode will pit 10 players — 8 Spartans and 2 original Flood — against each other, with the Flood working to infect the other players. It’s not clear if this will replace Living Dead entirely, or just be a new take on it, but either way I’m glad to know that at least some form of this classic mode will be appearing.

However, this does beg the question: will we see the Flood in single player? At this point, it seems pretty certain we won’t. Still, it’s enough to make one wonder. For what it’s worth, I sincerely hope no Flood will creep into Halo 4’s (increasingly more mysterious and exciting sounding) campaign — the Flood got to be annoying and uninteresting to fight in the original trilogy, and their absence from Halo: Reach was one of the better aspects of the campaign. But if they do, at least they look pretty slick, and who knows, maybe 343i will surprise us all and make the Flood cool again.

On a side note, it was also confirmed that the game is officially complete, and is now entering the final stages of production and certification. It almost here…

Anyway! Stay tuned to Power Cords for our thoughts on any and all Halo 4 news that shows up in the next few weeks. If it wasn’t apparent already, we’re pretty excited about this game.