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10 Apr 2021

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LATEST - How The Sound Effects Are Made

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Release Date Leaked?

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Post-Launch Content In Development

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Halo Infinite Beta Confirmed

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Resolution and Frame Rate

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Battle Royale

Halo Infinite is still a while away, but information is slowly starting to be revealed about what to expect from the game now that 343 Industries has had more time to polish it.

Here's the latest on Halo Infinite and everything you need to know below.

LATEST - How The Sound Effects Are Made

In a recent blog post, 343 Industries detailed the processes used to create the sound effects found in Halo Infinite.

Some of these were created by smashing up a piano with various objects.

What is even weirder is, some of these sounds are easily identifiable as sounds of explosions and other things, when in fact they aren't.

Check out the video below to see the process and what some of the sound effects sound like.

Release Date Leaked?

Verlon Roberts has confirmed two things about Halo Infinite in his recent appearance on the Fadam and Friends podcast.

Firstly, we learn that Verlon Roberts is playing Spartan Griffin in Halo Infinite. This character first appeared in the Shadows of Reach novel and has yet to be confirmed as a character in the next game.

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Secondly, we learn that Halo Infinite has been "pushed to later November this year".

Halo Infinite Screenshot Sniper
STUNNING - Whenever we do get to play it, we know Halo Infinite will look great

This would suggest that Halo Infinite could be delayed a full year if Microsoft sticks to their originally planned release date going forward.

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Roberts talks generally about his work with Halo Infinite at around the one hour ten minute mark in the Podcast, but these are the two main tidbits of information we managed to glean from it.

Post-Launch Content In Development

343 Industries has confirmed that they are already working on post-launch development.

This would indicate that the base game is near completion and it is just being tweaked and visually improved, especially due to the backlash the game received during its reveal in 2020.

When asked about the post-launch content they stated,

"We have everyone fixing bugs on our launch content and some exciting efforts kicking off for future updates – like new vehicles, equipment, etc."

Halo Infinite Beta Confirmed

It has been confirmed that there will be a test flight period for the upcoming Halo Infinite, giving players a chance to play the game, whether it is single-player or multiplayer, to give feedback on things that need to be changed before the game eventually launches.

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WAYPOINT: Halo Insider is the hub for the latest Halo betas and tests.

The Halo Infinite beta will only be available to members of the Halo Insider program.

This is the hub for Halo fans to receive news and information from 343 Industries, and where players can sign up to participate in events.

All players need to do is visit the Halo Insider website and sign up.

Release Date

Halo Infinite was originally scheduled to launch on November 10th 2020, the same day as the Xbox Series X|S launched.

But after showing off gameplay earlier in the year, fans weren't happy with what they saw.

This prompted 343 Industries to delay the game indefinitely while they fix a lot of the issues and improve the graphics.

Halo Infinite Craig
CRAIG: Craig became a meme after the gameplay was revealed.

The gameplay reveal also gave birth to the Craig meme.

Halo Infinite will now launch in 2021,343 Industries have said it will be in the Fall, so likely between September and November.

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Platforms

Halo Infinite is currently scheduled to release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Windows Store and Steam.

Xbox Series X Key Art Specs
NEXT GEN: Halo Infinite will be a flagship game for the Xbox Series X.

Microsoft is all about the Xbox ecosystem right now and wanting to make their games as accessible as possible, so are still planning to release on Xbox One despite the sacrifices that will need to be made.

The game will also launch on PC on both Microsoft's own Windows Store, and Steam.

Resolution and Frame Rate

Halo Infinite will target 4K 60fps for the campaign and 120fps for the multiplayer on the Xbox Series X.

It hasn't been revealed if it will be 4K 120fps or a lower resolution for the multiplayer aspect of the game.

343 Industries also haven't confirmed whether 4K will be native or upscaled, we will likely find out about this during the next update they give on the game.

The Xbox Series S will likely see a lower resolution, potentially 1440p 60fps, although this is unconfirmed.

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Games Pass

All first party Microsoft titles now release on Xbox Games Pass on day 1.

This means that players no longer need to pay $60-70 for a brand new game and can instead pay a monthly subscription to play all first party titles at launch, as well as hundreds of other games.

Halo Infinite will launch on Games Pass on day 1, giving players a big incentive to subscribe to the service.

It is expected that the game will launch on Games Pass for PC at launch too.

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Multiplayer

It has been confirmed that Halo Infinite's multiplayer will be completely free to play, with the purchase of the game just being for the campaign, if you're not using Games Pass.

This adds huge accessibility to the game and will give every Xbox and PC owner a chance to play the new Halo game at launch.

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SLAYER: Multiplayer is a huge part of Halo and will be free with the next instalment.

Multiplayer will feature all of the usual modes from Deathmatch to Capture The Flag.

Microtransactions

Due to the multiplayer being free to play, it is very likely there will be some kind of Season Pass for the online portion of the game, as well as an item shop where players can buy optional cosmetics for their character and weapons.

These should be entirely optional and won't provide any advantage for players.

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Battle Royale

The Battle Royale genre has dominated gaming for the last few years, with games such as Fortnite, Warzone, and Apex Legends dominating the market right now.

VICTORY ROYALE: Master Chief made his way to the Battle Royale in December 2020.
VICTORY ROYALE: Master Chief made his way to the Battle Royale in December 2020.

It was rumoured that a Halo Battle Royale mode will be coming to Halo Infinite, however 343 Industries have confirmed that no Battle Royale mode will be coming to Halo Infinite.

It wouldn't be the first time Halo has been associated with the genre as the Master Chief was added to Fortnite in December 2020, along with a recreation of the Blood Gulch map and a Capture The Flag game mode.

Halo is probably one of the few series' which a Battle Royale game would really work in, but it seems that 343 Industries are sticking to the more traditional multiplayer style that we've seen in previous titles, and that isn't a bad thing at all.

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