After numerous delays, the sixth main installment of the Halo game series, 'Halo Infinite', is finally coming this fall.
The sixth main installment of the Halo game series, 'Halo Infinite,' is finally dropping this year after numerous delays.
The game will see Master Chief return for the third chapter of the "Reclaimer Saga." Microsoft says that 'Halo Infinite' is going to be "his greatest adventure yet to save humanity.
Here is all you need to know.
In August 2020, 343 announced that 'Halo Infinite' got delayed to 2021. We still do not know when exactly, but we know that it will arrive during Fall 2021 (September - December).
The game was originally set to release with the Xbox Series X/S on November 10, 2020. It was pushed back in August 2020 and is now delayed again for 2021.
The delay is partly due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 343 is making an effort to preserve the health of the development team. During the pandemic, they had to adapt to entirely different working conditions and several logistical issues.
The delay will hopefully give the team more time to polish 'Halo Infinite' for a better gaming experience.
343 Industries promised monthly updates, albeit they did not specify when these updates will begin. See the full announcement below.
'Halo Infinite' is the sixth game in the main Halo series. The game is highly-anticipated because it promises to reboot the Halo franchise from the bottom to the top. The game was expected to play a huge role and serve as a launch title for Microsoft's Xbox Series X console but was, sadly, delayed.
'Halo Infinite' opened the show during Microsoft's Xbox Game Showcase event in July 2020. Based on the trailer (which you can see below), the game is very reminiscent of 'Halo: Combat Evolved.'
Both games have similar grassy environments, iconic weapons on display, and vehicles from the long-running series like the Warthog. It looks a lot like Halo, but way advanced in terms of presentation compared to the previous games.
We also spotted some of the Banished, Halo Infinite's main alien nemesis. We previously saw these creatures in 'Halo Wars' 2. In the storyline, the Banished is led by Brute War Chief Escharum. They declared victory over the UNSC forces and took over a Halo ring.
There are some Covenant enemy types in 'Halo Infinite' that also looked familiar. However, the existence of the Banished will give a new twist on the Brute enemies from classic Halo games.
Although we get the nostalgic Halo feels on the new game, we also saw a couple of elements that set it apart from the past games.
'Halo Infinite' is a more open world-looking Halo game, though, with an in-game map called the 'TacMap
.''TacMap' shows players how they can explore various parts of the extra-sized Halo ring and take missions with corresponding difficulty ratings.
343 Industries announced that the environment in 'Halo Infinite' is "several times larger than that of the last two Halo games combined." We also found out that it comes with a day and night cycle in play.
An item called 'Upgrades' is visible on the menu screen, suggesting that we can make RPG-style improvements to Master Chief. If our hypotheses are correct, this is going to be the first for the series.
Master Chief's Cool New Toys
'Halo Infinite' is bringing new cool toys for Master Chief, each with different functions to help in missions.
Among Master Chief's new toys is a grapple shot (a grappling hook), which lets players pull Master Chief towards enemies and objects or assist him to reach higher ground to produce fire from above.
Don't get so excited, though, because the grappling hook wouldn't allow players to get so much freedom of movement and utility to turn Master Chief into a Spider-Man-like character.
We also had a glimpse of a Drop Shield. Another cool gadget that offers the Chief protection from attacks when out in the field.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer
We received our first information regarding Halo Infinite's multiplayer as early as 2017, when the head of 343 Industries, Bonnie Ross, confirmed that the game would include a split-screen co-op multiplayer at DICE 2017.
The split-screen co-op got removed from Halo 5: Guardians in favor of an online-only version. The decision received backlash from fans, as it had been a staple Halo feature that had been around since the first game was released in 2001.
According to Ross, Halo 5’s elimination was “painful,” adding that "it erodes trust with the community. (We have had a) lot of learnings from that, and I would say for any FPS going out forward, we will always have split-screen going forward."
In 2019 Community Director Brian Jarrard announced in an Xbox Wire post during E3 that the split-screen support would make its long-awaited return to the series.
Since then, we already knew that 'Halo Infinite' will bring back the feature. It is worth noting that multiplayer will be quite different from other entries in the series (in terms of frame rate and resolution).
343 already announced that the multiplayer will "support 120FPS on Xbox Series X".
Lead Progression Designer Christopher Blohm clarified in a December 2020 Halo Waypoint post that there will be “No loot boxes. No randomness or items that influence the sandbox and gameplay.”
However, there will be "some premium cosmetics, but players will still obtain tons of customization content through things like playing campaign, challenges, skill, special events, legacy rewards (such as the Halo 5 SR 152 reward), the progression system, and more.”
He added, “Players that play for free will be able to unlock items across a multitude of different customization types to allow them to represent themselves in-game.”
According to a tweet from Klobrille, an Xbox leaker who has previously leaked accurate 'Halo Infinite' details, Halo Infinite's multiplayer will also include a battle pass system as well as new customization options.
While we now know that the customization options are indeed coming, we still don't have official confirmation about the battle pass system.
However, the idea of having a battle pass system is not far fetched.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer previously teased that 'Halo Infinite' could see a change in structure from previous Halo games. Could he be referring to a battle pass system?
Furthermore, if those rumors that Microsoft is planning to overhaul Xbox Live Gold, or phase it out, for free-to-play games end up being accurate, then a battle pass monetization would also make sense.
There has been an extensive marketing campaign for the upcoming game, so we now have several trailers to drool over as we continue to anticipate the release of the game.
The first trailer shows Master Chief's Mjolnir armor getting dramatically reforged. Watch it below.
Just in case you miss it, we are dropping the 2019 E3 teaser below too.
Here is another teaser during Microsoft's E3 2018 conference. 'Halo Infinite' was officially announced during this time.
Lastly, here is a gameplay demo during Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase for the Xbox Series X.
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