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Halo Infinite: Everything we know about the Xbox Series X blockbuster

Halo Infinite is poised to be a major reinvention of the iconic sci-fi franchise, and it’s also the first entry we’ve seen in almost five years. No, Halo Wars 2 doesn’t count. 343 Industries clearly has big plans for the final chapter in The Reclaimer Trilogy, and we finally saw it in action at the Xbox Game Showcase

No longer a launch title for Xbox Series X following a surprise delay, Halo Infinite will be arriving in 2021 as an ambitious reboot for the iconic shooter series. While the gameplay showcase we’ve seen underwhelmed in terms of visuals, it teased a number of excitig new mechanics while maintaining everything we love about the series. Here’s hoping this is the comeback we’ve been waiting for.

So, Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Halo Infinite including all the latest news, release date, trailers, gameplay, and more. 

Halo Infinite news – Series veteran returns as project lead

Microsoft has announced that Joseph Staten, who was heavily involved with the creation of the original Halo trilogy, has joined 343 Industries as project lead on Halo Infinite. Following the delay, it’s possible that Microsoft hoped to bring on some familiar faces to right the ship and ensure Master Chief’s latest adventure is in good condition ahead of launch.

Halo Infinite release date – when is it coming out?

Originally planned as a launch title for Xbox Series X, Halo Infinite has now been delayed to an unspecified point in 2021. This is a huge blow to Microsoft’s next-gen console, especially since it’s easily the biggest reason for many to pick up the console right away. Now, they’ll have to wait until next year.

“Today I want to share an important Halo Infinite development update with the community. We have made the difficult decision to shift our release to 2021 to ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision,” reads a statement on the 343 Industries Twitter.

“The decision to shift our release is the result of multiple factors that have contributed to development challenges, including the ongoing COVID-related impacts affecting us all this year. I want to acknowledge the hard work from our team at 343 Industries, who have remained committed to making a great game and finding solutions to development challenges. However, it is not sustainable for the well-being of our team or the overall success of the game to ship it this holiday.

“We know this will be disappointing to many of you and we all share in that sentiment. The passion and support the community has shown over the years has been incredible and inspiring. We wanted nothing more than to play our game with the community this holiday. The extra time will let us finish the critical work necessary to deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever at the quality we know our fans expect. Thank you for your support and understanding.”

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What is Halo Infinite – is it actually Halo 6?

With Halo Infinite, 343 Industries has upended traditional naming conventions for the main series of Halo – potentially marking a new beginning for the series. Halo Infinite will be the first main series Halo game without a number in the title since the first entry – Halo: Combat Evolved and Reach, which was technically a prequel. 

343 Industries has put out some mixed signals about whether this means the game is just actually Halo 6 or if it is a bigger shift for the series. 343’s Jeff Easterling previously confirmed to Gamespot, “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.”

However, a 343 Industries blog post released to coincide with E3 2019 would suggest Halo Infinite is a new start. Halo Infinite is referred to as a “spiritual reboot” and “a perfect starting point for new players”. The studio does still insist “the universe will continue the continuity of Halo 5”.

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Halo Infinite Xbox Series X – Will it be coming to next-gen consoles?

Yes! Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced that Halo Infinite will be a flagship title for Xbox Series X. We imagine it will be a true visual and mechanical showcase for the new machine once it arrives. 

If you aren’t planning to upgrade, don’t worry. Halo Infinite is also coming to the Xbox One family of consoles and Windows 10, and you can expect a day-one release on Xbox Game Pass, too! The folks over at Xbox are a real generous bunch. 

Halo Infinite gameplay – how does it play?

We thought we may have more answers to this following E3 2019 but Microsoft’s conference came and went without a hint of Halo Infinite gameplay. The previous trailer showed off sprawling landscapes – potentially hinting towards a more open-world style of gameplay for Halo Infinite. We do know Halo Infinite will be running on 343 Industries’ new Slipstream engine and the stunning shots are likely there to show off the new engine’s next-gen chops.

The E3 statement from 343 Industries features a lot of mentions of story, however. Story and open-world gameplay aren’t mutually exclusive – of course – but narrative-focused games are more traditionally known to be a tailored experience.

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