Halo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer … we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusive

The least that can be said is that the Halo Infinite project blew hot and cold during its long production phase. Initially presented via an in-engine video at E3 2018 that thrilled fans of the saga, the title of 343 Industries threw a chill during the Xbox Games Showcase 2020, the fault of a gameplay demonstration. unsatisfactory. Mocked, rejected and then expected again, the app should finally be released this year. That’s why we offer you a digest of important information that revolves around Halo Zeta and the famous Spartan.

What is the new campaign about?

Halo Infinite takes place seven months after the events of Halo 5: Guardians. Around May 28, 2560, a UNSC pilot recovered the body of Master Chief as he drifted through space. Reanimated aboard a Pelican, the hero is in the same situation as the player when he comes to his senses: he does not know what has happened since the takeover of the AI ​​led by Cortana. This is the black hole. In his quest for answers, the Major will have to face the Outcasts, a renegade faction encountered in Halo Wars 2 led by a Jiralhanae named Escharum. Paul Crocker (associate creative director of the project) explains that these antagonists were chosen because they are composed of races well known from the saga while having some novelties. What we know today is that the campaign will at some point let the player freely explore the Halo Zeta, one of the seven forerunner rings floating in the Milky Way. New areas will be unlocked and the player can participate in side quests in the order of his choice (in order to recover vehicles or marines). In addition to the pilot, Spartan 117 will count on another ally with “The Weapon”, An artificial intelligence that looks like Cortana and which the Major is equipped with. It should normally have been destroyed, but the plan did not go as planned.

Halo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusiveHalo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusive
Halo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusive

Will it be possible to play the split screen campaign?

Yes, unlike Halo 5 where the functionality was lacking, it will be possible to play the Halo Infinite campaign with two players locally, and up to four players on Xbox Live.

Halo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusive

What does 343 Industries wish to do with this episode?

With Halo Infinite, 343 Industries wants to create “the largest of the Halo“Never designed, but also”the richest”. The firm wants any player to understand the events of the story, even though he’s never played a Halo in his life. The idea with Halo Infinite is to offer a kind of spiritual reboot that nevertheless continues the story of Master Chief. The developers want fans to rediscover the sensations of discovery of yesteryear. 343 Industries explains that their benchmark mission, in order to lay the foundations of the open-world, is the Silent Cartographer, one of the levels most appreciated by Halo fans.. Technically, Halo Infinite runs on the new game engine shaped by the studio, namely the Slipspace Engine. It should allow the Master Chief adventures to play in 4K / 60fps on Xbox Series X. Budding creators will be happy to know that Forge mode will be back, and that a feature “undo / redo”Will finally be available.

Halo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusive

What’s new in single player gameplay?

Halo Infinite seeks to be more open and less linear in the single player experience it offers the user. In addition to a large map on which the user will roam to complete main and secondary quests, a day-night cycle is on the program. The time of day will matter as enemies will be able to rest rather than stand guard in the event of a night infiltration. The cutscenes should stick to the action no matter the cycle: if the player triggers a cutscene while it’s dark, the darkness won’t magically fly away during the cutscene. The weather should also vary dynamically, but 343 Industries specifies that this aspect will be improved in future updates. On the weapons side, we find the classic MA40 rifle, accompanied by some new weapons such as the VK78 (tactical rifle) or the Ravager, a devastating plasma weapon. Regarding the movements, we note the addition of a grapple to move quickly in environments, charge opponents or attract items that are on the map (weapons, explosive coils, etc.). A new ability has been unveiled with the Drop Wall, a wall of energy that blocks enemy assaults but allows its owner’s shots to pass. Finally, the Brutes can throw Suicidal Grunts in the distance so that they explode in the legs of the Spartan.

Halo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusive
Halo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusive

What does multiplayer mode offer?

In multiplayer, we note the return of Halo 3 equipment, which is here to pick up and activate. As in solo, players will have the grappling hook to quickly reach hard-to-reach places and / or to retrieve items. A new vehicle is on the program, the Razorback, which is used to transport heavy weapons, such as turrets or fusion blocks. Since we are talking about vehicles, know that they will have localized damage: yes, it will be quite possible to puncture the tires of a Warthog in order to hamper an opposing team. In terms of capacities, the sprint is well available as well as the fact of being able to climb the ledges. Weapons can be dropped on multiplayer maps while vehicles will be delivered by Pelicans. The most interesting novelty, especially for beginners, comes from the Spartan Academy. She will introduce the basics of Halo gameplay through various interactive lessons. It will also be possible to train against bots whose level can be set. Different modes will make a comeback like “Assassin”And“Capture the Flag”. Several weapons have been formalized such as the Sniper Rifle, the Hydra, the Antigravity Hammer, the Rocket Launcher, the Needler, the Energy Sword, the Plasma Pistol, and the BR55. New weapons are planned with the Stalker Rifle (which seems to be a kind of Jackal sniper), the Mangler (powerful pistol that belongs to the Outcasts), the Ravager (destructive plasma weapon) or even the CQS48 Bulldog (new pump shotgun). Like Halo 5, the Elites cannot be played in multiplayer.

Halo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusiveHalo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusive
Halo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusive

Multiplayer will be free, really?

Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode will be free-to-play on Xbox and PC. This means that an Xbox Live Gold account will not be required to play online, and no euro will be charged to download the program. The economic model is in fact based on microtransactions in order to obtain cosmetic elements for his Spartan. Xbox / PC crossplay will be allowed from the launch of the game. As a reminder, a technical test is planned this summer. If you want to try the adventure, you must register on Halowaypoint.com.

Halo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusive

The developers of 343 Industries have given several pieces of information about their Battle Pass. It will be possible to purchase a Battle Pass for each new season, except that the original one will not expire. This means that the user will have plenty of time to unlock the content of the Pass. It is announced that the items to be procured will be 100% cosmetic. Pay-to-win should therefore not be part of the game. Millions of combinations would be possible to customize his Spartan, but also his vehicles, according to the developers. Temporary special events will take place to unlock specific items (such as the famous samurai armor).

Halo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusive

What is the Halo Infinite release date? Is it included in the Game Pass?

Halo Infinite does not yet have a specific release date. We know that it should arrive during the winter of 2021, if no new postponement is made.. Like all games first party from Microsoft, it will be part of the Game Pass catalog (Xbox, PC) from the day of its release.

Halo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusiveHalo Infinite: History, ambitions, multiplayer ... we take stock of the Xbox / PC exclusive
 
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