E3 2021 bought a lot of surprises and one of the biggest announcements came from Microsoft was the most anticipated Halo Infinite. Since last year, Halo infinite gameplay was a disappointment, Microsoft and 343 had a lot to improve upon. But it seems like the company came up with pretty massive changes to one of the most beloved gaming franchises.
There were recent hints posted online about the game’s single-player campaign, including a chat between Master Chief and imposter Cortana. There was also a preview at the Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer, including some new and old modes.
We are continuing the story of the Master Chief and Cortana from Halo 5, but also telling a story that’s welcoming for new players. Cortana’s fate is one of the Infinite campaign’s big mysteries, and early in the story, you will meet a new UNSC AI, “the Weapon”, that was created to help stop Cortana. Together with the Pilot, the Master Chief, and the Weapon begin an epic adventure to explore Zeta Halo, defeat the Banished forces who control the ring, and unravel even more mysteries along the way.
Speaking about the free-to-play multiplayer, Halo Infinite’s Joseph Staten promised a steady stream of new content post-launch. Boy, I cannot wait to get my hands on the new Xbox Series X in my country.
Even though the launch is a huge moment, it’s just the beginning of Halo Infinite’s Great Journey (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). A major focus for our team is the content we’ll deliver after the game has shipped, and work has already started on our first year of content — and beyond. You saw some examples of that effort in our Multiplayer Trailer, with tons of Spartan customization options that will be part of our very first season, “Heroes of Reach,” including a super-sweet Yoroi Spartan. And in case you were wondering, the Yoroi armor is free and you can unlock it just by playing events in Season 1.
When it comes to gameplay, our goal is to deliver a multiplayer experience that honors classic Halo combat while also offering new players the support needed to jump in and have a great time. To that end, we’re introducing the Spartan Academy and Spartan Commander Laurette who will help players familiarize themselves with maps, weapons, and equipment. We’re also introducing bot matches so players new and old can warm up before they hit the battlefield. We’ve got more in store for bots and Academy content over time that we look forward to rolling out as the game evolves.
Halo Infinite touches down on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S this holiday season.