Halo Infinite is poised to be a major reinvention of the iconic sci-fi franchise, and it’s also the first entry we’ve seen in almost five years. No, Halo Wars 2 doesn’t count. 343 Industries clearly has big plans for the final chapter in The Reclaimer Trilogy, and we finally saw it in action at the Xbox Game Showcase.
Acting as the biggest launch title for Xbox Series X, rumours hint at Halo Infinite being bigger than every entry before it, set to be an ambitious shooter experience that not only expands on the narrative, but innovates upon the gameplay formula in ways we’ve never seen before. Master Chief even has a grappling hook.
So, Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Halo Infinite including all the latest news, release date, trailers, gameplay, and more.
Halo Infinite news – Gameplay showcased at the Xbox Series X Showcase
Today’s Xbox Game Showcase saw an extensive gameplay demo for Halo Infinite, which began with Master Chief and a new character crash landing on Halo, and the difference in presentation compared to every other entry in the series is genuinely breathtaking. It looks stunning, setting a high benchmark for what Infinite could achieve when it launches.
Master Chief leaves the ship, seeking to bring some enemy cannons offline and seek out a Slipspace Drive. You’re given objectives, indicating that the environments will be somewhat open and objectives can be tackled in any particular order. You can access a map screen, set objectives and seemingly uncover secrets set across the world.
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Brutes are back as main adversaries, and Chief has a few new pieces of equipment at his disposal to tackle them. He has a grappling hook, which can be used to ascend environments and even pull himself towards enemies for a deadly melee attack. New weapons include a Ravager, Pulse Carbine and Mangler. Some must be vented, which could add an extra element of strategy to combat.
The Banished, who first made an impact in Halo Wars 2, will seemingly be the primary antagonists in Halo Infinite. They are fighting for control of Halo, and will no doubt be utilising it for nefarious means. Closing the demo with an unsettling monologue, the lead villain (Warlord Escharum) is certainly a force to be reckoned with. 343 Industries confirmed that this is larger than anything the series has seen before, and we’ll find out more later this year.
Halo Infinite release date – when is it coming out?
A release date remains unconfirmed for Halo Infinite, but it’s safe to assume it will be a flagship launch title for Xbox Series X. Obviously, it will also be coming to Xbox One and Windows 10, and will likely support Microsoft’s Smart Delivery system.
Halo Infinite trailers – All the footage we’ve seen thus far
We’ve compiled the two trailers for Halo Infinite below. We expect a more comprehensive gameplay presentation will arrive ahead of its launch later this year, perhaps during a specialised digital event.
What is Halo Infinite – is it actually Halo 6?
With Halo Infinite, 343 Industries has upended traditional naming conventions for the main series of Halo – potentially marking a new beginning for the series. Halo Infinite will be the first main series Halo game without a number in the title since the first entry – Halo: Combat Evolved and Reach, which was technically a prequel.
343 Industries has put out some mixed signals about whether this means the game is just actually Halo 6 or if it is a bigger shift for the series. 343’s Jeff Easterling previously confirmed to Gamespot, “you should just consider it Halo 6. Don’t think of it as a weird prequel kind of thing. It’s the next story. It’s the next chapter in what is going on.”
However, a 343 Industries blog post released to coincide with E3 2019 would suggest Halo Infinite is a new start. Halo Infinite is referred to as a “spiritual reboot” and “a perfect starting point for new players”. The studio does still insist “the universe will continue the continuity of Halo 5”.
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Halo Infinite Xbox Series X – Will it be coming to next-gen consoles?
Yes! Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced that Halo Infinite will be a flagship title for Xbox Series X. We imagine it will be a true visual and mechanical showcase for the new machine once it arrives.
If you aren’t planning to upgrade, don’t worry. Halo Infinite is also coming to the Xbox One family of consoles and Windows 10, and you can expect a day-one release on Xbox Game Pass, too! The folks over at Xbox are a real generous bunch.
Halo Infinite gameplay – how does it play?
We thought we may have more answers to this following E3 2019 but Microsoft’s conference came and went without a hint of Halo Infinite gameplay. The previous trailer showed off sprawling landscapes – potentially hinting towards a more open-world style of gameplay for Halo Infinite. We do know Halo Infinite will be running on 343 Industries’ new Slipstream engine and the stunning shots are likely there to show off the new engine’s next-gen chops.
The E3 statement from 343 Industries features a lot of mentions of story, however. Story and open-world gameplay aren’t mutually exclusive – of course – but narrative-focused games are more traditionally known to be a tailored experience.
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