At E3 2018, 343 Industries first introduced fans to a Halo ring filled with mystery, wonder, and a glimpse of the Master Chief. Last year the “Discover Hope” trailer introduced the Pilot, a new character to the Halo universe, as he finds the Master Chief floating in space. This year – gameplay. At the recent Xbox Games Showcase event, 343 Industries showed the first look at the “Halo Infinite” campaign running in real-time and representative of the power and performance of Xbox Series X.
The Most Expansive Halo
The demo that was shared at the event, started several hours into the Halo Infinite campaign. The Master Chief and the Pilot are shot down by anti-aircraft guns and crash land on the ring, where Chief sets out to disable the AA guns so they can continue their mission. Throughout the demo, you see a variety of the weapons and equipment Chief has at his disposal, from his trusty MA40 assault rifle to the new high-precision VK78 Commando and the devastating Ravager plasma weapon. Also new to Halo is the Grappleshot, which lets Chief close the distance to enemies at will, pull objects directly to him, and move around the map like never before.
The demo also reintroduces an enemy faction (first appearing in Halo Wars 2) – the Banished. Comprised of a variety of new and familiar enemies, including the fan-favourite Brutes, this group is led by the ominous War Chief Escharum, who will one of the most formidable foes the Master Chief has ever faced.
Halo Infinite is the most ambitious Halo game ever made, with an environment several times larger than the last two Halo games combined. Players can explore an expansive landscape filled with sprawling natural wonder, mystery, and a story that welcomes those new to the franchise as well as continues the Master Chief’s saga for our most dedicated fans.
With Xbox Series X and the Slipspace Engine, built to power the future of Halo, Halo Infinite is poised to usher in the next generation of gaming. Taking full advantage of the power of the console to deliver unprecedented visual fidelity and silky smooth campaign gameplay at a locked 60 frames per second at up to 4K resolution, the Slipspace Engine will also scale to existing platforms to provide a fantastic experience for players on the Xbox One family of devices as well as Windows 10 and Steam. Halo Infinite will also be available at launch on Xbox Game Pass for PC and console. Combined with Smart Delivery, you can rest assured you will get the best version of the game for your platform of choice.
Step Inside and Beyond
“We’ve always believed in heroes. Now, it’s time to become one.”
The 343 team is building the biggest Halo game ever created, and they want to share there work with the emotion, storytelling, and excitement it deserves. This is where marketing can help. “Believe.” “Starry Night.” “I Love Bees.” “We Are ODST.” “Hunt the Truth.” These are programs familiar to Halo fans that have enhanced the Halo journey, and they want to do the same with Halo Infinite.
Also revealed and aired was an evocative video called “Step Inside”. It’s the first spot in a campaign that invites ALL players to step inside the Master Chief’s armour and “Become” the hero, as we prepare audiences for the biggest Halo launch on the most powerful gaming console coming later this year.
In support of this program, 343 Industires have partnered with MONDO to create a stunning original art series. The first piece by artist Matt Ryan Tobin draws inspiration from “Step Inside”. This art will be available as a limited-edition screen print from 24th July at http://www.mondoshop.com/comic-con
343 Industries have showed the world just a small portion of the game the team has been building that we know fans, old and new, will love. There is still much more to come over the next few months as we approach launch of the game. Be sure to stay tuned to Halo Waypoint and @Halo on social media for details as they are released.