Video game fans of all ages worldwide are hotly anticipating various video games that are due to be launched in 2021. With this, here is a look at 343 Industries’ Halo Infinite, one of the most eagerly awaited video games set to debut on various video game platforms next year.
Developed by 343 Industries and published by Xbox Game Studios for Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, Halo Infinite, an upcoming first-person shooter game, is the sixth main entry of the Halo series, and the fourteenth Halo game overall, it picks up the story of the Master Chief, following Halo 5: Guardians.
Initially, Halo Infinite was planned to release with the Xbox Series X/S on November 10, 2020. However, it was delayed to August 2020. It is now planned to be released in late 2021.
According to Microsoft, Master Chief returns in Halo Infinite, the third chapter of the “Reclaimer Saga,” with “his greatest adventure yet to save humanity.”
The storyline of Halo Infinite will be “much more human,” with the Master Chief playing a more central role than in Halo 5: Guardians.
The story will be set on a Halo ring that has mysteriously suffered damage and also showcased the design of Master Chief’s MJOLNIR armor to return to the design seen in Halo 2 and Halo 3.
The Banished, a violent mercenary group that splintered off of the former Covenant alien alliance first seen in Halo Wars 2, are shown to be enemies.
Developer: 343 Industries
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Artist: Nicolas Bouvier
Composers: Curtis Schweitzer, Gareth Coker, Joel Corelitz
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Release: 3rd or 4th quarter of 2021
Genre: First-person shooter
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
Halo Infinite is being developed by 343 Industries with assistance from Skybox Labs, Sperasoft, and Certain Affinity.
The story entered planning stages in 2015 and was referred to as Halo 6 at the time.
The developer said that all of the scenes in the Halo Infinite trailer were running in the new Slipspace Engine.
Halo Infinite will feature split-screen again, in response to the backlash of its removal in the previous game.
It was also planned to have a beta prior to its release, described as an insider flight program.
Although initially implicated to be exclusive to the Xbox Series X/S, development director Frank O’Connor stated in August 2019 that Infinite was being developed for Xbox One. He said they were “building it, so it plays and looks fantastic” on the platform but would have enhancements when played on Xbox Series X/S.
On December 8, 343 Industries disclosed in a blog post that Halo Infinite would be released in late 2021.
On August 11, 2020, it was announced that the game had been delayed to an undefined date due to a range of factors, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affecting development.
Microsoft initially planned to split the game into several parts but ultimately decided against it. It was reported that 343 Industries heavily outsourced the game to external developers, resulting in development troubles and contributing to the delay.
Thus far, here are few reactions of video game geeks to Halo Infinite: