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Halo Infinite: 343 Industries posts new video which teases ‘The Banished’ in the shooter sequel

It’s been almost five years since the release of Halo 5: Guardians, leaving us eagerly awaiting the next chapter in 343 Industries’ The Reclaimer Trilogy after a monstrous cliffhanger that left the whole galaxy on the verge of annihilation. 

There’s all to play for in Halo Infinite, the long-awaited new entry in Microsoft’s blockbuster shooter franchise. Sadly, with the launch of Xbox Series X drawing closer and closer, we still don’t know much about it. Beyond a duo of trailers and some small details, Master Chief’s next adventure remains a mystery. 

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 – Mysterious new video appears online

343 Industries has posted a new video online which seemingly has something to do with Halo Infinite, since it’s certainly not related to the Master Chief Collection. The brief video focuses on a terminal with a cracked scene, which quickly springs to life as a voice emerges from it. It seems to voice that forces have made their way onto the ring (presumably a Halo) and slowly but surely are achieving victory for The Banished.

The Banished insignia appears right at the very end, confirming they will likely play a part in Halo Infinite alongside The Covenant and Forerunners. Master Chief will have another major threat to contend with if this rings true. Microsoft has said we’ll hear more from Halo Infinite in July, which is only a week away, so perhaps this a subtle tease of what’s to come.

Halo Infinite release date – when is it coming out?

A release date remains unconfirmed for Halo Infinite, but it’s safe to assume it will be a flagship launch title for Xbox Series X. Obviously, it will also be coming to Xbox One and Windows 10, and will likely support Microsoft’s Smart Delivery system. 

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Halo Infinite trailers – All the footage we’ve seen thus far

We’ve compiled the two trailers for Halo Infinite below. We expect a more comprehensive gameplay presentation will arrive ahead of its launch later this year, perhaps during a specialised digital event. 


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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