Halo Infinite remains in the minds of gamers despite all of the revisions and delays the game has gone through. While Xbox and developer 343 Industries showed a few trailers and little gameplay of the Master Chief’s next adventure, there is a lot of information to be gleaned from it. If you’re looking for everything you need to know about Halo Infinite, from its release date to all of the new weapons in the game, you’ve come to the right place.
When is the Halo Infinite release date?
Halo Infinite has one Release date Fall 2021. Unfortunately, we don’t know the exact month or day that the game will be released.
Halo Infinite was originally scheduled to launch during the 2020 Holidays, but an announced delay in August 2020 has moved the release date to an unlisted date in 2021.
The game will appear on Xbox Series X, PC and Xbox One with Smart Delivery support and will be optimized for each platform. At one point, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that first-party games like Halo Infinite will be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch.
Is Halo Infinite Open World?
To date, we’ve seen exactly nine minutes of campaign gameplay shown during the 2020 Xbox Games Showcase Livestream. From this footage it was clear that Halo Infinite was designed with open world gameplay in mind to give players more freedom.
Instead of linear levels, the Master Chief can explore an entire halo ring where nearby players could come across a skull or an Alliance outpost.
Playing as Master Chief will also feel different this time around as he now has upgrades and a tech tree. Over time, players will unlock new equipment like a drop shield and grappling hook. Halo games have had upgrades like missile packs and armor locks in the past, but instead of limited pickups, these upgrades seem to linger throughout the game.
Unfortunately, the dual wielding won’t return, but you can potentially bump enemies off the haloring.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer
Of course, Halo Infinite will have multiplayer and it’s even now free to play. In addition, the game is changing with a new main mode, weapons, equipment, vehicles and much more.
For starters, the central Halo multiplayer mode is no longer Team Deathmatch, but an arena where players compete for control of key areas of the map. On top of that, Big Team Battle mode is back so you can have big 24-player matches with vehicle-based combat.
Gear like overshields and active camouflage are back, along with some new additions like a forward-facing drop shield and grappling hook. Now it differs from equipment in that it is kept in your inventory until you use it. But also be aware that any equipment you hold while killing will be dropped for the enemy to pick up.
Players can request vehicle drops even during the game, and a pelican will come by to deliver them. Also, some weapons will only be available as weapon drops that fall from the sky.
For more information on Halo Infinite’s multiplayer capabilities, check out our article on Six More Things You Need to Know.
Halo Infinite Graphics
The graphics of Halos have been a hot topic for years. Following strong community feedback on Halo 4, Halo 5: Guardians, and Halo Wars 2, 343 Industries reverted to an older aesthetic from the original trilogy.
Unfortunately, even with the new / old art style, the community was not satisfied with the visual fidelity of Halo Infinite. The gameplay demo was filled with object pop-in, plastic-like textures, and flat lighting. To that end, 343 Industries has promised to increase the overall level of fidelity and presentation of the final game.
We hope to get a first glimpse of the revamped graphics for Halo Infinite at E3 2021 soon.
Halo neverending story
Halo Infinite and its story were teased in a Trailer at E3 2018, a cinematic trailer called Discover Hope at E3 2019 with a secret audio message from Cortana and a teaser video with a message from The Banished.
In July 2020, IGN had the opportunity to meet with 343 Industries developers Chris Lee and Paul Crocker to reveal more about the game’s history and villain. For starters, Halo Infinite takes place long after Halo 5 ended, and Master Chief is even more of a missed man than when Halo 4 started.
So far, trailers have shown a pilot finding the Master Chief floating in space, and apparently this is what happens when the UNSC and Earth have much less control over the galaxy. Meanwhile, the latest developer commentary trailer from the Xbox and Bethesda showcase during E3 2021 shows us that Cortana is making a comeback to the series in one form or another.
The back and forth between the Master Chief and this new AI shows that the renegade and rampant Cortana has been captured and slated for extinction, but the plans didn’t go as expected. The trailer ends with the Master Chief inserting the new Cortana into the back of his helmet like his old virtual companion.
But what is clear is that Halo Infinite’s main enemies are The Banished – a renegade faction of Brutes from Halo Wars 2. The main villain is the leader of the Exiled War Chief Escharum, who took control of the Haloring as a last stand against the Master Chief.
There could also be another mysterious character that will flow into the story called “The Harbinger” who may or may not be Cortana.
Is Halo Infinite co-op?
343 Industries has confirmed that the Halo Infinite story campaign will support co-op for two players on local split screen and four players on online mode.
Halo Infinite – New Screenshots February 2021
Does Halo Infinite have any customization?
Yes, Halo Infinite players can customize their Spartans even better than ever. This time around, players can change the body shape of their characters if they want someone tall and lean or short and stocky, and somewhere in between. Players can even choose to have prosthetic limbs.
From there, players have a ton of pieces of armor to choose from, including helmets, shoulders, chest pieces, and more.
New parts and components are added each season of multiplayer that you can acquire through gameplay, challenges, and purchase. The first season of the content is called Heros of Reach, so you can unlock the Noble 6 helmet and many other Halo: Reach cosmetics.
Another element of customization is the personal AI, so you can basically get a custom announcer for multiplayer games.
Will Halo have Infinite Battle Passes?
We have known for a while that Halo Infinite will have microtransactions and thanks to the extensive multiplayer walkthrough we know that the game will get Battle Passes instead of real money loot boxes. Now, Battle Passes have been popularized by other games like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone, but unlike everyone else, 343 has promised that their Battle Passes will never expire.
That way, instead of rushing before time runs out, you can simply work at your own pace to complete the Battle Pass. You can also purchase older Battle Passes in case you start playing late or take a break from playing.
Will Halo Infinite be cross-play?
Halo Infinite will support multiplayer cross-play and cross-progression on PC in the Microsoft Store and Steam, Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S.
Will Halo Infinite have a Battle Royale mode?
Jeff Easterling and James Bachici of 343 stated long ago in June 2019 that Halo Infinite will not have a Battle Royale mode, stating that “the only BR we’re really interested in is Battle Rifle”. Since then, nobody in the company has announced a change of opinion.
What new weapons are in Halo Infinite?
- Devastator – A banished three-round energy weapon that runs on plasma fuel. As always, the fuel level is given as a percentage. At the end there is a blade that increases melee damage slightly.
- Mangler – A banished pistol with huge kinetic projectiles that fires slower than the UNSC pistol but does more damage.
- CQS48 bulldog – New UNSC riot shotgun that replaces the classic shotgun. This is upgraded with a Dum magazine and 12-gauge compared to the 8-gauge of the classic shotgun.
- VK78 command – This UNSC rifle can run fully automatically and is good for medium distances.
- Impulse carabiner – A familiar, but not entirely identical, version of the classic Covenant carbine weapon.
- MK50 Sidekick – The new sidearm pistol in Halo Infinite, we’re not sure yet if it will replace the Magnum.
Halo Infinite new vehicles
- razor – Looks like your traditional warthog, but lacks a tower and adds two more seats, bringing the total occupancy to six. There’s also a gun rack on the back that can hold anything from a pistol to a gravity hammer to dismantled turrets. Players can also store targets like flags and skulls on the back of the Razorback.
- Chopper – The fan-favorite Brute Chopper from Halo 3 is back.