The Master Chief returns in Halo Infinite – the next chapter of the legendary franchise.
What We Know
- Announcement Trailer was revealed at the E3 2018 Briefing
- Developed by 343 Industries with Slipspace Engine
- Master Chief is Back
- Being Released (possibly) November 2019*
- Exclusively on Xbox One & Windows 10
- 4k Ultra HD, HDR, Xbox One X Enhanced
343 Industries developers have confirmed that Master Chief is back. If you remember, Halo 5 did not feature Master Chief as your main playable character – it was split between Master Chief and Spartan Locke – and many fans of the Halo franchise were upset. Master Chief will be the protagonist of this new Halo chapter – which is said to set after the events of Halo 5.
“The team also heard feedback loud and clear on the amount of time spent playing as the Master Chief in Halo 5. In Halo Infinite, the game will focus on the Master Chief and continue his saga after the events of Halo 5,” studio head Chris Lee wrote in a blog post.
The end of Halo 5 presented fans with Cortana going off the rails after surviving through the use of Forerunner technology – which Dr. Halsey believed would make Cortana unpredictable and untrustworthy. During the campaign it is revealed that Cortana is planning to use the Guardians to achieve galactic peace through forcible disarmament. This forced John to attempt convincing Cortana to stand down from her plans, but she refuses and locks Blue Team in a Forerunner prison – Cortana leaves the planet Genesis through a Guardian. At this point, AI’s across the galaxy start to swear allegiance to Cortana and her plans – she reaches Infinity and prepares to disable it. At the end of the campaign, those who completed it on Legendary, were shown a cut scene that displays an unknown Halo installation powering up while Cortana hums, before cutting to black.
Now that we are in the realm of a new chapter, what do we expect? We can definitely expect a fight to stop Cortana’s plan – with the help of Master Chief of course. As players did witness a Halo installation powering up, we are unsure if Infinite picks up directly after it cuts to black or some time after the power up, that being said, we could and should expect some devastation to already have begun.
We Talked – They Listened
Halo 5 was, for lack of a better word, a disappointment. Not only because Master Chief wasn’t the main protagonist in the story, but many other factors including split screen, multiplayer…etc – but 343 Industries listened to player feedback and have announced that the following can be expected:
- NO Battle Royale Mode
- Jeff Easterling, a writer for 343 said “I’ll tell you right now, the only BR we’re interested in is Battle Rifle. The original BR. So, calm yourself.”
- Split Screen Action
- Halo 5 got rid of split screen due to studies that showed the team for Halo 5 that players favored Xbox Live interaction with other players vs live split-screen fun. 343 stated that this was a misstep, not only will Infinite allow split screen, but their titles moving into the future will also allow split screen.
- Possible Infinite Beta
- Although no definitive answer has been set on beta, sign ups, or the such – 343 did state they would like to have a beta time frame for specific intervals in a flighting structure. So, players can come in, test out, and give feedback so they can make tweaks and updates as they go.
Unfortunately, we live in a world of microtransactions. Anywhere you go now in the gaming world (and other aspects) there is some way to make money and developers do this by installing microtransaction properties. There have been many reports of microtransactions being present in Infinite. There was a job listing calling for a ‘online experience design director’ at the Halo studio 343 Industries. The description entailed that the applicant will ‘oversee and provide vision for multiple facets of design and its implementation.’ The listing went further stating player progression, social and engagement features, and microtransactions.
Microtransactions either teeter on pay to win or will be used for non p2w aspects like cosmetic upgrades. What we do know is Infinite will not have paid-for loot boxes. 343 Industries Studio Head, Chris Lee, said that Infinite “will not include real-money loot boxes” on twitter.
All in all, 343 Industries seems to be taking a lot of feedback in from Halo 5 critics and veteran fans. This feedback has turned in to a lot of discussion about what they are bringing back, aspects that veteran fans love, and what they are not including due to this feedback. The likelihood of 343 going back and disrespecting fans wishes to not include a p2w installation is pretty unlikely. We will stay on this story for further updates.