Halo Infinite is the upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by 343 Industries and published by Xbox Game Studios. It is scheduled for release in 2021 on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X and S. It is the sixth main game in the Halo series, following Halo 5: Guardians released in 2015. Release date, price, gameplay, what to expect?
What can we expect with Halo Infinite, the sixth game in the Halo franchise? Since it was delayed last year, news around the game has come in dribs and drabs. Instead, a few snippets of information featuring concept art, aspects of multiplayer and more have been revealed over the past few months. Given that E3 2021 – the Xbox event will take place on June 13 – is just around the corner, there’s also a good chance that we’ll hear some news about Halo Infinite in the coming weeks.
Below, however, we’ve gathered all the information you need about Halo Infinite, including its (new) release date, story, gameplay and more.
Halo Infinite will be the first and last Halo game of the decade
Chris Lee, studio head of 343 Industries, had this to say, “Halo Infinite is the beginning of our platform for the future. “We want Infinite to develop over time, rather than going to multiple numbered titles and having all this segmentation that we had before.” Yes, you read that right: 343 Industries has no plans to develop any more Halo titles in the future. Instead, Halo Infinite will serve as a “platform” for other “games” in the franchise. It will serve as a base, a carrier, hosting future updates and for several years, just like Destiny 2.
Halo Infinite: when will it be released?
The development of Halo Infinite has been complicated, to say the least. With the objective of releasing the “most ambitious Halo ever”, 343 Industries and Microsoft had to postpone its release to 2021. A problematic situation for Microsoft and a disappointment for gamers, since the game was not available at the launch of the Xbox Series X.
Later last year, the studio was forced to explain that there will be no further postponement of the game, and that it will be released in the fall of 2021. To date, neither the month nor the day of release is known. However, we do know that the development of the game is 90% complete. And that it will be released in the fall of 2021.
Halo Infinite: on which platforms?
Halo Infinite will be released on both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. But not only. The game will be cross-gen since it is also expected on Xbox One. In other words, this means that gamers who own both last-gen and next-gen consoles will all be able to enjoy this highly anticipated new game. It will also be released on Windows PC, most likely on the Microsoft Store.
Finally, Halo Infinite will be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch as a Microsoft Smart Delivery title.
What’s new in Halo Infinite?
In addition to serving as the basis for all Halo content for the decade, Halo Infinite is particularly ambitious. We can expect a mix of the first games with a lot of new features, most of which are still unknown.
A massive update posted on the Halo Waypoint site featured important details from Nicolas Bouvier (concept artist and game art director), Neill Harrison (art management director) and Ani Shastry (graphics development manager) on the art and design we can expect in Halo Infinite.
The developers explained that they were working hard to deliver a game that was close to perfection. Harrison said, “A lot of the feedback from the community matched our own views. We’ve improved indirect lighting, material response, foliage and tree rendering, clouds, transitions between levels of detail, and character fidelity. Nonetheless, the feedback was encouraging and also prompted us to look for other opportunities for improvement. In other words, the studio is listening to player feedback.
One of the biggest changes from other Halo games is that it will be an open-world game (set in the largest Halo ring ever) with a day and night cycle. It will therefore be possible to freely explore the map at certain times of the game, a real novelty that will change from the usual corridor of Halo games, except for a few places, more open.
In a blog post, the team emphasized that visual fidelity was a very important goal for Halo Infinite. The game’s art style seeks to “return to the more original and simpler forms of classic games like Halo 1 or 2 with the demands and expectations of the new generation. The team admits that merging the two has proven difficult. So far, 343 Industries says it has made strides in multiple areas:
- Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision compatibility on Xbox Series and PC
- Better overall lighting
- Ambient occlusion
- Volumetric lighting
- Resolved issues with GPU-driven texture rendering and streaming
- Dynamic lighting adjusted to add more contrast
- More realistic rendering of characters
- More wear and tear on vehicles and weapons.
Halo Infinite: What about multiplayer?
Fans can rest assured that Halo Infinite will be playable in co-op and especially in split screen. In addition, Halo Infinite’s multiplayer will be free and cross-platform. The progression will be cross-platform on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Windows PC.
Halo Infinite will finally separate the controller players with the mouse / keyboard combo players, but only in ranked matchmaking. Custom matches, however, will be open to all.
Halo Infinite: will there be microtransactions?
There will be microtransactions in Halo Infinite, but they will be purely cosmetic, the studio says. However, players will still get “tons of customization content through various elements such as the game’s campaign, challenges, skills, special events, progression system, etc. “So the most committed Halo Infinite players will certainly be rewarded with exclusive armor or weapon skins.
Halo Infinite: a trailer focused on gameplay
Studio 343 Industries has already released a solid video detailing the game’s gameplay. It’s a nearly ten-minute demo that reveals that our famous hero will now have a grappling hook that can be used on both objects and enemies, as well as a bunch of new weapons to beef up his arsenal. Since pictures speak louder than words, here’s the video.