When is the Halo Infinite release date? Looking for more details on the upcoming, next-gen Halo game? We were recently shown Halo Infinite campaign gameplay at the Xbox 2020 Showcase, so we’ve got plenty to dissect.
Microsoft certainly got fans of 343 Industries’ space game in an excitable tizzy by officially unveiling a new Halo PC game in 2018. The Halo Infinite PC reveal trailer doesn’t actually reveal much – besides that the game is coming – but thanks to a recent look at the campaign, we can see Master Chief is back in action to take on a new threat – the Banished.
A new trailer and a look at the campaign has got us excited, and so we have collected together every last scrap of information we know about the upcoming first-person shooter as we wait for more details and a Halo Infinite release date. Recently there has been a slew of information about the open-ended missions and what’s not coming to the game that you should probably be aware of. Here are all the latest details on Halo Infinite for PC.
Halo Infinite release date
When is Halo Infinite coming out? A recent announcement from Microsoft says that the Halo Infinite release date is Fall 2021. An recent interview on the Fadam and Friends podcast with Verlon Roberts, a voice actor who plays Spartan Griffin in the game, says during that “now it’s pushed to later November this year” (thanks GamesRadar).
There was some speculation from the Master Chief’s mo-cap actor that the game would arrive in the spring, but official line is that this is not the case. The developers released a monthly update at the end of January detailing the team’s progress on Halo Infinite so far. We now know all of Halo Infinite’s launch content is in-game and being played daily.
Originally Microsoft hoped the new Halo game would launch alongside next-gen console, Project Scarlett, but Halo Infinite has been delayed “to ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision”.
Halo Infinite trailer
Above you can watch the Discover Hope Halo Infinite trailer from E3 2019. The trailer shows off some cinematics for the new game, and also gives us some clues as to the story. What’s more, as spotted by die-hard fans many moons after its reveal, there’s a Halo Infinite ARG hidden in there somewhere. Did you spot the hidden hints?
There’s also the E3 2018 reveal trailer, which you can watch below. It takes a minute and a half for this Halo Infinite trailer to roll before it’s made clear that this is a new Halo game. Before that we get a lot of scene setting in some gorgeous environments – from deep, dank caverns, to rolling fields filled with wildlife the likes of which we’ve never seen before in the series.
Halo Infinite story
When it comes to the Halo Infinite setting, the game is a “spiritual reboot” set at least three years after Halo 5. Long-serving fans should worry not, though, as 343 assure us that the new story will “respect and continue threads that led to this point.”
In a Q&A with press about Halo’s lore, associate director Paul Crocker says, “nothing’s retconned. We are absolutely a sequel to Halo 5, but you don’t need to have played any of those games in order to actually enjoy this one. We’re looking at this as a stepping stone. We are putting all the pieces in place for the future, whilst answering some of the questions from the past.
“We very deliberately put Chief floating in space at the beginning of the game, because it puts the player and Chief and all of our characters in the same place. They don’t know what’s happened. That’s what we want people to find out as they play through this world.”
Crocker says the campaign is “bigger than our previous two games combined, but it’s intrinsically Halo in the way that we have approached it. Our goal wasn’t to make other types of games that you’ve seen, it was to make the best Halo experience, and to take everything about being Halo and put it onto the ring and make the experience that people have been crying out for.”
Halo Infinite Gameplay
In the gameplay campaign preview, we see Master Chief back and after crash landing on a ship with his pilot, out exploring a new stunning map. We also see a glimpse of the new enemy, the Banished and their leader, Escharum. The campaign trailer, which you can view below, is a few hours into the campaign as Master Chief takes out encroaching enemies and explores the area. We also get a look at Master Chief’s new grappling hook, which should open up new world traversal opportunities, as well as a portable shield.
Halo Infinite Open World
From the above gameplay video, we can see what looks like large open areas to explore. So, will Halo Infinite be open world? Although the game will be bigger than the previous two games, it will be “somewhere in between” a typical Halo approach and an open-world game. It looks like we’ll be putting the new grappling hook to good use in these areas.
This was confirmed in a recent Ask 343 stream when asked about the open-ended missions. Apparently it’s more like The Silent Cartographer mission from the first Halo game, and you have many different ways that you can complete each objective. Weather is also apparently going to be a major factor in your decisions as blustery winds could affect the handling of a banshee.
Halo Infinite Weapons
To fight the new aliens, the Banished, you’re going to need some good gear, and the latest gameplay trailer gave us a look at what to expect from old favourites to some new goodies. It’s confirmed we’ll be getting a grappling hook, Grappleshot, and a portable shield, Drop Wall, which will provide new ways to take down enemies and traverse the ring. As well as the iconic Halo weapons such as the Plasma Pistol, it looks like we’ll get a chance to wield some Banished weapons including the Mangler and Ravager. For a break down of all the guns we’ve seen so far, check out our Halo Infinite weapons guide.
Two things that you won’t be able to do in Halo Infinite are dual-wielding weapons, or play as a Covenant Elite. In the recent Ask 343 video, it said that Elites aren’t present because “this is a Master Chief and Spartan story”. This doesn’t rule them out forever though as it also said “never say never”. Dual-wielding has been a part of the Halo series since Halo 2, but not always the most viable strategy in either single-player or multiplayer.
Halo Infinite beta
We don’t know for sure whether there will be Halo Infinite multiplayer, but considering how core to the series PvP has been, we can’t imagine it existing without it. That said, if we do get PvP, we will likely be getting a Halo Infinite beta to try the game out.
“In the future, you will be able to join early flighting programs that will let members of the community play the game with us, and give direct feedback, much like the current Insider flighting program for Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” 343 said in the blog post.
Those programs won’t start for a while and only a small number of people will be allowed to play the game once they do start, so keep an eye out.
We knew Halo Infinite would be coming to PC this holiday season, but there’s already a Halo Infinite Steam Store page. Albeit there are little details – still no confirmed Halo Infinite release date or a price tag – but there are some screenshots to have a gander at.