HALO Infinite is the next major entry in the hugely-successful long-running first-person shooter series, once again features the iconic supersoldier Master Chief.
While the game is the sixth title in the series, it is not called Halo 6 because of its promise to take the franchise in a new direction. Here’s the lowdown on what we know so far…
Microsoft Infinite is the next instalment of the Halo franchise
When is Halo Infinite’s release date?
As of yet, Halo Infinite has no official release date.
It will be a next-generation title that comes out for the Xbox 2 (or whatever Microsoft call the Xbox One’s successor).
Microsoft considered making an Xbox One follow-up to Halo 5, but this “half-baked” idea was canned in favour of a completely new game for next-generation hardware.
The title was announced during E3 2018 and the first teaser trailer is available to watch below.
Lots more info on the game and the new engine it’s being built in has been promised for E3 2019.
Things we know so far
Master Chief update
Halo Infinite’s narrative experience director Dan Chosich revealed on a version of 343’s community live stream part of what fans can expect from the new game.
On the topic of Master Chief’s aesthetic, Chosich and community manager Brian Jarrard notes that he’ll be changing up his look a little bit in the newest title.
Chosich said: “It is by far the coolest Master Chief we have ever done, or that anybody’s ever really done,”
The new Master Chief design is inspired by his look in all the previous games but Chosich ensures he’ll look “a little different” in Infinite.
It IS Halo 6 but it also isn’t
The game’s deliberate decision to avoid using the word six in the title led many to believe this would be it’s own stand-alone game, however, that’s not the case.
While Infinite will take the series into “new and unexpected directions”, it is also a continuation of Halo 5: Guardians and will tie into the overall series.
In a recent Mixer broadcast, 343’s Jeff Easterling said: It is Halo 6. 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.”
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Infinite might feature a battle royale mode
Since the success of Fortnite and PUBG, games like Call of Duty: Blackout have attempted to replicate their success by implementing their own battle royale modes.
The Halo franchise still supports a respectably large community of players for its multiplayer but the developers declared that Infinite will not feature battle royale.
During a live stream last year, writer Jeff Easterling said: “I’ll tell you right now, the only BR we’re interested in is Battle Rifle, the original BR. So, calm yourself.”
Director Frank O’Connor revealed on Twitter, “I’m extremely happy about how Infinite MP plays right now, but it will keep changing & things I like now will change and things I don’t get will improve – but I like every flavour of Halo so far, so in that regard I’m a filthy casual.”
Bonnie Ross, head of Halo studio 343 industries recently said that the teams “have conversations all the time” about current trends and how they might impact modes for the upcoming game.
Ross also said they had a “sandbox” where new modes were being tested.
E3 2015: Halo 5: Guardians gameplay demo