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.
No longer a launch title for Xbox Series X following a surprise delay, Halo Infinite will be arriving in 2021 as an ambitious reboot for the iconic shooter series. While the gameplay showcase we’ve seen underwhelmed in terms of visuals, it teased a number of excitig new mechanics while maintaining everything we love about the series. Here’s hoping this is the comeback we’ve been waiting for.
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 – 343 Industries showcases all-new screenshots
343 Industries has taken to its official blog to share new screenshots of Halo Infinite and how much it has improved since its polarizing demo last year. The selection of screens are available on Halo Waypoint, consisting of gorgeous concept art and familiar locales from Zeta Halo. The blog post focuses on some of the graphical enhancements made to Infinite in recent months, alongside a Q&A with the development team which delves into new locations, mechanics and other elements of the upcoming game.
We’ve compiled a couple of screenshots below, which are taken from an in-progress version of the game on PC. Those hoping to see exactly how it will fare on the Xbox Series X will have to wait another couple of months for more news it seems. Still, it is exciting to see 343 Industries be so open about how the game is progressing and what players have to look forward to.
Halo Infinite release date – when is it coming out?
Originally planned as a launch title for Xbox Series X, Halo Infinite has now been delayed to Fall 2021. This is a huge blow to Microsoft’s next-gen console, especially since it’s easily the biggest reason for many to pick up the console right away. Now, they’ll have to wait until next year.
“Today I want to share an important Halo Infinite development update with the community. We have made the difficult decision to shift our release to 2021 to ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision,” reads a statement on the 343 Industries Twitter.
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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?
Halo Infinite is clearly drawing from the gameplay mechanics and level design of Combat Evolved. It will place Master Chief upon Zeta Halo, a sprawling open-world landscape which is eerily similar to the franchises’ very first game. From here, he will be free to explore, take on missions and make magnificent discoveries amidst a new alien world. Despite this new approach to exploration, gunplay will remain largely unchaged, although 343 Industries have implemented a few innovative new changes.
Master Chief is now in possession of a grappling hook of sorts, allowing him to latch onto enemies from a distance or even interact with objects across the environment. Vehicle and weapon variety also appears to be vastly improved. Enemies range from Brutes to Elites to new threats we’ve yet to even interact with. The foundations of Halo Infinite will like a homage to the original trilogy, yet 343 Industries isn’t afraid to push the boat out where it matters.