It’s a big day for Halo fans as, during the Xbox showcase at this year’s E3, players got their first look at the Halo Infinite multiplayer, campaign trailer, and other information. Halo Infinite has been in development for a while now, having been delayed last year on August 11, 2020.
Halo Infinite will be released on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, the PC via the Microsoft Store and Steam, and Xbox Game Pass. The multiplayer is free-to-play, cross-play enabled, and with cross-platform progression.
Kicking things off, the multiplayer is set to launch on the same date as the campaign. The mode will have the Spartan Academy, where players can familiarize themselves with the maps, weapons, and more, as well as bots to help players warm up prior to the game.
Judging from the trailer below, a lot of the fan favorites will be coming back from vehicles like the Chopper and Banshee to classic weapons like the Plasma Pistols and Battle Rifle. But it looks like the Chopper and Banshee have been given an overhaul and look completely different now.
New inclusions to the game are the gauntlet weapons like the grappling hook and some kind of reflector that can bounce back shots from the Plasma Pistol. New weapons include a UNSC laser cannon and a new Hornet-like plane. The grappling hook is very versatile, able to swing players across as well as picking up weapons.
A brief campaign trailer was shown off as well with Master Chief floating through a zero-gravity area before cutting to a scene with Chief talking to an A.I. that looks a lot like the character Cortana. For those who need a refresher, Cortana has gone rogue over the course of the last two games and betrayed Chief.
According to a post on the official Xbox blog, Master Chief will meet with a new A.I. called “the Weapon”, created for the purpose of stopping Cortana. Alongside this new A.I., Master Chief will traverse and explore Installation 07, also known as Zeta Halo, to defeat the Banished. The Banished are the leftover forces of the Covenant empire, coming together to form a large mercenary organization. Essentially, they’re space pirates.
The news doesn’t stop there. 343 Industries announced on Halo Waypoint, the developer’s news blog, that this week will see a slew of developer showcases and players will get to see more of the multiplayer. On June 14, 343 will give an in-depth overview of the multiplayer on the official Halo YouTube channel.
PARDON MY FRENCH, BUT 343 MADE HALO INFINITE LOOKS FUN AS FUCK
— VETOED (@VETOED) June 13, 2021
The rest of the week will be more community-driven events as on June 15, the developer will show how to make your own Spartan armor. June 16 will be a deep dive into the fiction and lore behind multiplayer maps, armor, and more.
Halo Infinite was just one of a series of games shown off at the Xbox/Bethesda E3 showcase. Included in that same presentation were the gorgeous-looking Forza Horizon 5 and the highly anticipated space RPG, Starfield.
I’m personally really excited for Halo Infinite multiplayer. Can’t wait to get it on Xbox Game Pass and play it on my PC. Having that and a PS5, I’m set for life. Also, that samurai helmet looks amazing.
What are your thoughts on the game?