It still feels like a long time away, but the next Halo title is going to be a big talking point at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase. Whether we see anything or not, it's one of those games that everyone wants to know more about.
Here's the latest and when we might hear more about Halo Infinite.
LATEST - Halo Infinite at E3 2021
Halo Infinite was shown off at E3 2021, ahead of its release later this year.
Microsoft did not confirm when then the release date was, but we know it'll be coming in Fall 2021.
You can check out the new trailer below.
New PC Version Details
Halo Infinite is going to make the most of the latest PC technology and it might just be the best way to play the new Halo game!
Firstly, it's going to have ultrawide support. This means you can play Halo Infinite in up to a 32:9 aspect ratio! This will only affect those of you with a strangely long monitor or multiple screens, but it looks stunning.
In addition to this, there's going to be all the advanced graphics options you can think of and you will be able to dynamically scale resolution to maintain a solid framerate.
On top of all this, there's going to be cross-platform multiplayer features!
" The ability to play with your friends regardless of what platform you or they are on – Steam, Xbox, Game Pass for PC, everyone can play together."
Halo Infinite is being built from the ground up for PC and 343 Industries plan to support the initial launch of the title for years to come. For the complete Inside Infinite, you can find it here. (It's really long!)
How The Sound Effects Are Made
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.
Secondly, we learn that Halo Infinite has been "pushed to later November this year".
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 Already 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.
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.
The Original 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.
The gameplay reveals we saw 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 it likely between September and November.
What Platforms Is It On?
Halo Infinite is currently scheduled to release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Windows Store and Steam.
Microsoft is all about the Xbox ecosystem right now and wants 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.
4K Resolution & A Solid 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.
It Should Be Coming To 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 too.
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.
Will There Be A 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.
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' that 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.